Dr. Jeff Masuda

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Canada Research Chair and Director

I come from a mixed settler family with Japanese Canadian and European ancestry and was raised in a middle-class community on the outskirts of the City of Edmonton in Treaty 6 territory. My childhood home was a few kilometers downwind from the heart of Alberta’s largest downstream petrochemical processing hub. My suburban upbringing in an industrial suburb had an early impact on my desire to pursue life goals that at the time involved vague notions of environmental responsibility and community service. Tempered by years of interdisciplinary and liberally minded education based in the sciences, public health, and geography, my career plan took shape with graduate school pursuits on topics that directly confronted much of the environmental and cultural angst I experienced in my younger years, with studies focused on health and sustainable transportation (MSc) and community participation in environmental governance (PhD). Over the years and under the guidance of a long list of academic and personal mentors, I was nudged toward a research and teaching career that is based in the academic fields of human geography and community health promotion. My research and teaching foci encompass urban health equity, participatory action research, human rights, knowledge translation, homelessness and housing, and environmental health within urban Indigenous community contexts. Between 2010 and 2014, I was the fortunate recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award in Knowledge Translation and currently hold a faculty position as Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston. My teaching philosophy is premised on providing students with a high degree of individualized support within an environment that fosters personal encouragement, academic rigour, team building, and a shared pursuit of research that contributes to real and meaningful justice for oppressed communities. To me, the Centre for Environmental Health Equity provides the ideal ‘home’ for me to establish my life’s work. Having spent my formative years as a faculty researcher and teacher in the land of Louis Riel in Winnipeg, I am now living and working amidst the limestone in city of historic Kingston, Ontario, located on the traditional territory Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe with my partner Jennie, son Riel, and daughter Marion.

Publications: Research Gate, Google Scholar

Jeff Masuda, PhD
Canada Research Chair and Director
The Centre for Environmental Health Equity
Associate Professor
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Department of Geography
Queen’s University, 28 Division Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6

Tel: 613.533.6000 ext. 77560