Janice GrahamPhD

Division of Infectious Diseases, 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

Dr. Graham is an anthropologist of science, technology and medicine in the Department of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases). She studies the cultural, technical and moral tensions in regulating one health. Interested in the moral basis of profit when disease becomes a market opportunity, she works among those who develop, regulate, commercialize, implement and use emerging pharmaceuticals and vaccines to examine their safety and efficacy.

Selected publications  

  • 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
  • Graham, J.E. (co-authored) (2015) Emergency Ebola Anthropology Network Advisory Brief: Culture and Clinical Trials. Emergency Ebola Anthropology Network. http://www.ebola-anthropology.net/theme/clinical-trials-research/?post_type=key_messages
  • Graham, J.E. and Nuttall, R. (2013) Faster access to new drugs: Fault lines between Health Canada’s regulatory intent and Industry innovation practices. Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine – An International Journal, 4(3):231-239. Contact author for full-text
  • Graham, J.E., Borda-Rodrigeuz, A., Huzair, F., Zinck, E. (2012) Capacity for a global vaccine safety system: The perspective of national regulatory authorities. Vaccine, 30(33):4953-4959. DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.05.045
  • Graham, J.E. and Stephenson, P. (2010) (eds.) Contesting Aging and Loss. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

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)