Janice E. GrahamPhD, FRSC, FCAHS

Division of Infectious Diseases, University Research Professor


Related information

Email: janice.graham@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3478
Mailing Address: 
Technoscience and Regulation Research Unit
Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University
5849 University Ave, C-309
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4H7, Canada
Research Topics:
  • Anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Health Systems
  • Global Health
  • Regulatory Practices
  • Standardization
  • Regulation
  • Vaccines
  • Therapeutics
  • Aging
  • Qualitative Research/Ethnography
  • Social Epidemiology


  •  BA, Honours (Anthropology from the University of Waterloo)
  •  MA (University of Victoria)
  •  PhD (Université de Montréal)
  •  Postdoctoral Fellow (Neuroepidemiology, Geriatric Medicine, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Dalhousie University)

Research interests

Working in the field of emerging biotherapeutics and vaccines in Canada, Europe and Africa, medical anthropologist Janice Graham studies safety, efficacy, and trust in the construction and legitimization of evidence for clinical research and regulatory practice. Her research draws upon science and technology studies, health technology assessment and bioethics. She has written over 100 publications, 28 technical reports, 300 scholarly papers and presented evidence to the Science Policy Directorate, Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization, Parliament of Canada, World Health Organization, and United Nations on open data, public health, regulatory practice and epidemic emergency response.

Selected publications  

  • Graham, J.E., Holmes, C.P., McDonald, F., and Darnell, R., eds. (2021). The Social Life of Standards: Ethnographic Methods for Local Engagement. UBC Press. https://www.ubcpress.ca/the-social-life-of-standards
  • Katherine Fierlbeck, Janice Graham, Matthew Herder, eds. (2021). Transparency, Power, and Influence in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Policy Gain or Confidence Game?  University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming.
  • Lexchin, Joel, Janice Graham, Matthew Herder, Thomas Jefferson, Trudo Lemmens. Regulators, pivotal clinical trials and drug regulation in the age of COVID-19. International Journal of Health Services 2020;51, 1 https://doi.org/10.1177/0020731420979824
  • Transparency too little, too late? Why and how Health Canada should make clinical data and regulatory decision-making open to scrutiny in the face of COVID-19. Journal of Law and the Biosciences 2020; 7 (1): https://academic.oup.com/jlb/article/7/1/lsaa083/5991911
  • Mijovic, H., Greyson, D., Gemmell, E., Trottier, M-E., Vivion, M., Graham, J.E., Dube, E, Bettinger, J.A. Perinatal health care providers' perceptions of facilitators and barriers influencing pertussis vaccination in pregnancy: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open 2020; 8(2), E377-E382. https:/doi.org/10.9778/cmajo.20190215
  • McDonald, N., Harmon, S., Graham, J.E. An Ethics Check Up of Public Health Immunization Programs in Canada. CanVAX. https://www.canvax.ca/brief/ethics-check-public-health-immunization-programs-canada
  • Graham, J.E., Holmes, C.P., McDonald, F., and Darnell, R., eds. (2021). The Social Life of Standards: Ethnographic Methods for Local Engagement. UBC Press. https://www.ubcpress.ca/the-social-life-of-standards
  • Herder, M., Graham, J.E., and Gold, R. From discovery to delivery: public sector development of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola Vaccine. Journal of Law and the Biosciences 2020:1-1. https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsz019
  • Graham, J.E. (2019) Ebola vaccine innovation: a case study of pseudoscapes in global health. Critical Public Health 2019; 29 (4):401-412. DOI:10.1080/09581596.2019.1597966 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09581596.2019.1597966
  •  Harmon, S., MacDonald N, Faour D, Graham J, Shendale, S, Henaff L, Steffan,C. (2020) Strengthening Vaccination Frameworks: Findings of a Study on the Legal Foundations of National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). Vaccine 2020;38:840-846. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.10.085
  • Ryan, M.*, Giles-Vernick, T., Graham, J.E. (2019) Technologies of trust in epidemic response: openness, reflexivity and accountability during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e001272 https://gh.bmj.com/content/4/1/e001272
  • McDonald, F., Holmes, C., Jones, M. Graham, J.E. (2019) How do postgenomic innovations emerge? Building legitimacy by proteomics standards and informing the next generation technology policy. OMICS:A Journal of Integrative Biology 2019:23(8), August 1.  https://doi.org/10.1089/omi.2019.0053  
  • Graham, J.E., Lees, S., Le Marcis F., Faye, S., Ronse, M., Lorway, R., Abramowitz, S., Peeters Grietens, K.  (2018) Prepared for the “unexpected”? Lessons from the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic in West Africa on integrating emergent theory designs into outbreak response. BMJ Global Health 2018;3:e000990. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000990 
  • Graham, J.E., & Jones, M. (2016). Just Evidence: Opening Health Knowledge to a Parliament of Evidence. In Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management. In B.H. MacDonald, S.S. Soomai, E.M. De Santo, & P.G. Wells (Eds.), Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management (Ch. 14). Pp. 325-349. Boca Raton, Florida, United States: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group. Contact author for full-text
  • Graham, J.E. (2016) Ambiguous Capture: Collaborative Capitalism and the Meningitis Vaccine Project. Medical Anthropology: Cross-cultural studies in health and illness, 35(5) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01459740.2016.1167055

Selected awards and honours  

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada. Inducted 2018
  • University Research Professor, Distinction, Dalhousie University, 2018-2023
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Inducted 2017
  • Weaver-Tremblay Award in Canadian Anthropology, Canadian Anthropology Society’s top distinction, 2016
  • Woman of Excellence in Education and Research, The Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Charitable Foundation, 2010
  • Canada Research Chair in Bioethics, Dalhousie University, 2002-2012
  • Canadian Who’s Who, 2009-present
  • Distinction: Arts Alumni Achievement Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo, 2003


  • Pharmaceutical Node, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law
  • Brighton Collaboration
  • Pharmaceutical Policy Research Collaboration, University of British Columbia
  • Canadian Anthropology Society La Société canadienne d'anthropologie (CASCA)
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)


  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) (2011-present)
  • Professor, Department of Bioethics (2008-2011)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics (2002-2008)
  • Associate Professor, Endowed Burwell Chair in Medical Anthropology, University of British Columbia (1998-2002)

Service & Activity

  • Scientific Director, Technoscience and Regulation Research Unit (TRRU) and Qualitative Research Commons and Studio (QuRCS) (2002-present)
  • Senate, representing the Faculty of Medicine. Dalhousie University. July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
  • Associate Director, Canadian Center for Vaccinology (Health Policy and Translation) (2012-2017)
  • Scientific Advisory Group, Evaluation of Ebola Vaccine Safety and Efficacy in Guinea, World Health Organization (2015-present)
  • Co-investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Network, Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) (2013-present)
  • The Ebola Response Anthropology Platform (2014-present)
  • Faculty of Medicine Research Advisory Committee (2018-2021)
  • IWK Health Centre Scientific Review Committee (SRC) (2018-2021)
  • Department of Pediatrics Research Committee, (2017-2021)
  • Scientific Staff, IWK Health Centre, Halifax. (2009-present)