Maria Mayan is a Professor in the Faculty of Extension and an Assistant Director of the Community-University Partnership. She is an engaged scholar who situates her work at the intersection of government, not-for-profit, disadvantaged, and clinician communities. She grounds her work in the policy environment and focuses on how we can work together on complex health and social issues. Her work focuses on the causes of marginalization and how to mobilize against systems of inequity, using primarily qualitative and community-engaged research in rigorous and creative ways.
As a qualitative methodologist, she has studied, written about, and conducted qualitative research since the early 1990s. She spent over ten years at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology learning and teaching qualitative inquiry locally and internationally. She has been invited to teach qualitative inquiry by government, not-for-profits, the private sector, and the academic community worldwide. Her qualitative expertise has culminated into a book, Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry; the second edition is currently being prepared and will be published by Routledge.
She joined the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP) as assistant director of Women’s and Children’s Health with the mandate of building community- and patient-engaged research, qualitative research, and knowledge translation capacity for health researchers for the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute.
One of her most valued activities is joining with colleagues and graduate students to use both conventional and unconventional qualitative and community-based methods to explore intriguing and pressing health research issues.
Her current research program is embedded in End Poverty Edmonton.