Cindy Jardine, PhD

Associate Professor


School of Public Health
3-295 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405-87 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 1C9
Phone: +1-780-492-2626


In recent years, the effective management of risks to human health has commanded more public attention and reaction as risk issues and the related scientific information become more complex and multi-faceted. As various agencies and organizations struggle to deal with a public who are increasingly apprehensive and distrustful about these risks, the critical role of effective communication has become apparent.

My research interests are in this multi-disciplinary area of environmental health risk communication. Specifically, my research looks at means and impediments to promoting better dialogue between stakeholders that will hopefully lead to more informed decisions on risks.

This involves looking at the role of risk communication as a part of a comprehensive risk management strategy, including incorporating public perspectives into risk decision making. Knowledge translation and knowledge exchange are key considerations.

I use both qualitative and quantitative methods, often in a mixed-methods approach. Much of my work is done as participatory research with Indigenous communities in northern Canada and elsewhere to better understand their risk perspectives and risk communication needs.

All of my research is based on the concepts of engaged scholarship, using partnerships with both decision-makers and community members to ensure that all forms of knowledge are known, understood and incorporated into risk decision-making.

In addition to my research activities, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.


PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta, 2003
MSc, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, 1988
BSc (Hons), Department of Zoology, University of Manitoba, 1979


Fulbright Scholar Honor – Fulbright Canada, 2013/11 – 2014/11
Population Health Investigator, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2002 – 2006
Research Prize – Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2002 – 2005

Selected Publications

Jardine CG, CM Furgal. Knowledge translation with northern Aboriginal communities: A case study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 42(1): 119-127. 2010.

Jardine CG, Turtiak M, Driedger SM. Public participation and risk governance: Opportunities and barriers. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Risk Management. 13(3/4): 260-275. 2009.

Jardine CG, Predy G, MacKenzie A. Stakeholder participation in investigating the health impacts from coal-fired power generating stations in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Risk Research 10(5): 693-714. 2007.

Jardine CG, Hrudey SE, Shortreed JH, Krewski D, Furgal C, Craig L,  McColl S. Risk management frameworks for human health and environmental risks. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B: Critical Reviews. 6: 569-641. 2003.

Jardine CG, Hrudey SE. Mixed messages in risk communication. Risk Analysis. 17(4): 489-498. 1997.

Current Projects

2013/10 – 2015/9
Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Title: Engaging Aboriginal Youth in Tobacco Prevention Using Social Media
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: 100,000 $

2013/3 – 2015/2 
Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Title: Engaging Aboriginal Youth in Tobacco Prevention Using Social Media
Role: Principal Applicant
Amount: 100,000 $

2010/4 – 2014/3
Role:  Principal Investigator
Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Title: Examining Pandemic Communications Strategies of Public Health Agencies for
H1N1: How Well Did They Work?
Amount: 577,264 $

2010/4 – 2014/3
Role:  Principal Applicant
Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Title: Risk Communication and Trust in Decision-Maker Action
Amount: 707,888 $

2012/3 – 2014/2
Role:  Principal Applicant
Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Title: Engaging Aboriginal Youth in Tobacco Prevention Using Social Media
Amount: 100,000 $