Dr. Jeffrey Masuda, Ph.D. (Alberta)

Dr. Jeffrey Masuda
Associate Professor, Tenured
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity
Area of Expertise: 
Environmental health equity, community based participatory research, knowledge translation
Contact Information
613-533-6000 x77560
KHS 301L

Research summary

I am a human geographer trained in the sub-discipline of health geography as well as the interdisciplinary fields of health promotion and population health. In my research I draw on critical theory and employ a community based participatory research approach, using mixed methods to investigate the systemic roots of social and environmental injustice. My scholarly contributions include insights into arts-based methodologies, neighbourhood level health inequities, environmental governance; knowledge translation, systematic review, and social theory in geography.

My published contributions include studies of environmental health promotion, citizen engagement in regional environmental governance, risk communication, rural geography, knowledge translation in chronic disease prevention, and urban environmental injustice. My current projects focus on equity focused knowledge translation, human rights and place, and First Nations community health. I collaborate on projects and initiatives with scholars, policymakers, and community advocates across Canada and internationally.

I supervise students who are interested in gaining research skills in the areas of urban justice, human rights, health inequities, food sovereignty, environmental governance, and citizen engagement. In a broader context, I accept students who are interested in participating in research projects that take an integrated, transdisciplinary approach to the theorization, empirical analysis, and praxis of environmental rights and justice in the Canadian context. 

I am founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Health Equity (www.cehe.ca).

Graduate student training opportunities

I accept graduate students whose interests span health promotion and human geography. My students engage in research that examines the social determinants of health, social and environmental justice, human rights, and the right to the city.

I am actively seeking Master’s and/or PhD students with interests in the following projects:

  • Promoting improved environmental determinants of health for low-income tenants. This student will work together with one of my closest research partners, the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (Erica Phipps) on a project located primarily in Toronto. As CPCHE is currently prioritizing environmental health inequities facing children of low-income families, the research focus will seek to improve understanding of potential pathways to health equity that results in improved awareness and stronger policy responses to issues of household chemicals, lead, radon, mould, rodent and insect infestation that disproportionately affect low-income tenant communities.
  • Disability, climate change, and “fossil-fueled ableism.” Working with myself and colleague Audrey Kobayashi (Queen’s Geography), this student will undertake a mixed method exploratory study investigating the impacts of climate change on persons with disabilities, particularly insofar as they result in exacerbated inequities in health. Employing critical disability theory, the study will explore now notions of “ableism” are intimately tied to fossil-fuel-dependent neoliberalism, particularly with respect to urbanization, movement, work, and play.  

Prospective students will be considered on a case-by-case basis on receipt of a short statement of intent outlining your previous education and experience and career aspirations, with special consideration given to those that align with  the priority projects outlined above. Students should also prepare a detailed Curriculum Vitae. I reserve the right to accept or reject applicants without substantive explanation.

All students should consult with the application guidelines of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship programs, SSHRC, CIHR, and other agencies that fund graduate students prior to commencing studies. Preference will be given to those students who hold or who would be competitive in external scholarship competitions at the time of their application.

Current funding

Revitalizing Japantown? A unifying exploration of human rights, branding, and place in Vancouver’s Nihonmachi/Downtown Eastside (SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, 2012-2015)

Mobilizing Knowledge Leaders in Children’s Environmental Health (CIHR Knowledge-to-Action, 2010-2014)

I am also involved in numerous other projects across a wide range of topics, including Japanese Canadian history (with Jordan Stanger-Ross); smoking, neighbourhoods, and health (with Kate Frohlich); homelessness, housing, and health (with Joshua Evans); asthma and indigenous health (with Heather Castleden and Miriam Stewart); and others.

Recent publications


In the area of environmental health equity and inner city health:

Crighton, E. J., Brown, C., Baxter, J., Lemyre, L., Masuda, J.R., & Ursitti, F. (2013). Perceptions and experiences of environmental health risks among new mothers: a qualitative study in Ontario, Canada. Health, Risk & Society15(4), 295-312.

Teelucksingh, C., & Masuda, J.R. (2013). Urban environmental justice through the camera: understanding the politics of space and the right to the city. Local Environment, (ahead-of-print), 1-18.

Masuda, J.R., Teelucksingh, C., Haber, R., Skinner, E., Zupancic, T., Crabtree, A., Poland, B., Frankish, J., & Fridell, M. (2012). Out of our inner city backyards: Re-scaling urban health inequity assessment. Social Science and Medicine, 75, 7, 1244-1253.

Masuda, J.R., Poland, B., & Baxter, J. (2010). Reaching for environmental health justice through health promotion. Health Promotion International, 25(4), 453-463.

Masuda, J.R., & Crabtree, A. (2010). Environmental justice in the therapeutic inner city. Health and Place, 16, 656-665.

Masuda, J.R., Zupancic, T., Poland, B., & Cole, D. (2008). Environmental health and vulnerable populations in Canada: Mapping an integrated equity-focused research agenda. The Canadian Geographer, 54(4), 427-450.


In the area of knowledge dissemination and translation:

Masuda, J. R., Zupancic, T., Crighton, E., Muhajarine, N., & Phipps, E. (2014). Equity-focused knowledge translation: a framework for “reasonable action” on health inequities. International journal of public health, 59, 3, 1-8.

Masuda, J.R., Robinson, K., Elliott, S.J., & Eyles, J. (2012). Health promotion and the politics of scale: Lessons from Canadian health reform. Social Work in Public Health, 27, 7, 639-657.

Masuda, J.R., Robinson, K., Elliott, S.J., & Eyles, J. (2009). Disseminating chronic Disease Prevention ‘to or with’ Canadian Public Health Systems. Health Education and Behavior, 36(6), 1026-1050.


In the area of indigenous health:

Skinner, E.A., & Masuda, J.R. (2013). Right to a healthy city? Examining the relationship between urban space and health inequality by Aboriginal youth artist-activists in Winnipeg. Social Science and Medicine, 91, 210-218.

Watson, R., Castleden, H. E., Tui’kn Partnership, Masuda, J.R., King, M., & Stewart, M. (Accepted April 2012). Identifying gaps in Asthma education, health promotion, and social support for Mi’kmaq families in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia, Canada. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, Online Only.

Latycheva, O., Chera, R., Hampson, C., Masuda, J.R., Stewart, M., Elliott, S. J., & Fenton, N. E. (2013). Engaging First Nation and Inuit communities in asthma management and control: Assessing cultural appropriateness of educational resources. Rural and remote health13(2288).

Stewart, M., King, M., Blood, R., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., Bourque Bearskin, L. (2013). Health inequities experienced by Aboriginal children with respiratory problems and their parents. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 45, 3, 6-27. 


In the area of community based participatory research, health geography, and health promotion pedagogy:

 Skinner, E.A., & Masuda, J.R. (2014). Mapping the geography of health inequity through participatory hip hop. In, Andrews, G., Kearns, R., and Forrester, N. (eds). Medicinal Melodies: Places of Health and Wellbeing in Popular Music. Ashgate.

Andrews, G.J, Evans, J., Dunn, J., & Masuda, J.R. (2012). Arguments in health geography: On sub-disciplinary progress, observation, translation. Geography Compass, 6(6), 351-383.

Masuda, J.R., Creighton, G., Nixon, S., & Frankish, C.J. (2011). Building capacity for community-based, participatory research for health disparities in Canada. Health Promotion Practice, 12, 280-292.

Wilson D., Glassford, R.G., Krupa, E., Masuda, J., Wild, C., Plotnikoff, R., Raine-Travers, K., & Stewart, M.  (2000). Health promotion practice, research, and policy: Building capacity through the development of an interdisciplinary study centre and graduate programme in Alberta, Canada. Promotion and Education: International Journal for Health Promotion and Education 7, 44-47.


In the area of peer support, asthma/allergies, and health:

Stewart, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., McGhan, S.L. Online support for children with asthma and allergies. (2013). Journal of Family Nursing, 19, 2, 171-197.

Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S. Letourneau, N., Sloan Morgan, V., & Stewart, M. (2012). Reconciling preferences and constraints in online peer support for youth with Asthma and Allergies. Health Promotion Practice, Online First.

Stewart, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., Cicutto, L., McGhan, S., & Watt, S. (2012). Support needs and preferences of young adolescents with Asthma and Allergies: “Just no one really seems to understand.” Journal of Paediatric Nursing. 27, 5, 479-490.

Stewart, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., & McGhan, S.L. (2012). Impact of Online Support for Youth With Asthma and Allergies: Pilot Study. Journal of Paediatric Nursing, 27, 1, 65-73.

Letourneau, N., Stewart, M., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., Cicutto, L., McGhan, S.L., & Watt, S. (2012). Impact of online support for youth with Asthma and Allergies: Pilot study. Journal of Paediatric Nursing, 27(1), 65-73.

Stewart, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., & McGhan, S.L. (2011). “I want to meet other kids like me”: Support needs of children with Asthma and Allergies. Issues in Comprehensive Paediatric Nursing, 34,2, 62-78.

Stewart, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J.R., Anderson, S., & McGhan, S.L. (2011). Online solutions to support needs and preferences of parents of children with Asthma and Allergies. Journal of Family Nursing, 17(3), 357-379.

Stewart, M., Masuda, J.R., Letourneau, N., Anderson, S., Cicutto, L., McGhan, S.L., & Watt, S. (2011). Online support intervention for adolescents with Asthma and Allergies: Ingredients and insights. Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, 2(6), 306-317. DOI 10.1177/2150129711402686

(Stewart, M., McGhan, S., Watt, S., Anderson, S., Masuda, J.R., Letourneau, N., & Sharpe, H.M. (2010). Health professionals’ preparation for supporting children and parents affected by Asthma and Allergies. Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, 1(6), 223-231.


In health promotion:

Williamson, D.L., Stewart, M., Hayward, K., Letourneau, N., Makwarimba, E., Masuda, J., Raine, K., Reutter, L., Rootman, I., & Wilson, D. (2006). Low-income Canadians’ experiences with health-related services: Implications for health care reform. Health Policy, 76, 106-121.

Stewart, M., Hayward, K., Letourneau, N., Makwarimba, E., Masuda, J., Raine, K., Reutter, L., Rootman, I., Williamson, D., & Wilson, D. (2005). Health services for low income people in Canada: Perspectives of consumers, service providers, and policy influencers. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 37(3), 104-131.

My PhD research:

Masuda, J.R., McGee, T., & Garvin, T.D. (2008). Power, knowledge, and citizenship in public engagement: The case of Alberta’s industrial heartland. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 10(4), 359-380.

Masuda, J.R., & Garvin, T.D. (2008). Whose heartland? The politics of place in a rural-urban interface. The Journal of Rural Studies, 24, 112-123.

Masuda, J.R., & Garvin, T.D. (2006). Place, culture, and the social amplification of risk. Risk Analysis, 26(2), 437-454.


  • Director, Centre for Environmental Health Equity
  • Institute Advisory Board Member, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health
  • Allergen Investigator, Allergen NCE

Other Interests

I grew up in and around Edmonton, Alberta and have lived in five Canadian provinces over the past ten years. I have a passion for whitewater paddling and have been spotted on rivers in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, California, Washington State, and Manitoba. Now that I’m in Kingston, I may take up sailing. You can find my full biography as well as those of my team here.