Cindy Jardine

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 is 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.

I was a 2013/14 Fulbright Scholar, and am the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.


Degrees

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

Awards

Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2014
Population Health Investigator, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2002

Selected Publications

Driedger, SM, Maier R, Furgal C, Jardine CG. Factors influencing H1N1 vaccine behavior among Manitoba Metis in Canada: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health (2015). doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1482-2.
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/15/128

Kowal P, Jardine CG, Bubela TM."If they tell me to get it, I'll get it. If they don't...": Immunization decision-making processes of immigrant mothers. Canadian Journal of Public Health (2015): 106(e230-e235).

Genuis SK, Jardine G, Willows N, Alexander First Nation. Risk communication and trust in decision-making action: A case study of the Giant Mine remediation plan. International Journal of Circumpolar Health (2015).
http://www.circumpolarhealthjournal.net/index.php/ijch/article/view/27838

Jardine CG, Driedger SM. Risk communication for empowerment: An ultimate or elusive goal?. Effective Risk Communication (Eds. Arvai J, Rivers III L): (258-276).