Christine Ceci

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-8911
5-267 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • Postdoctoral Fellow (SSHRC), University of Victoria (2005)
  • PhD (Nursing), University of Calgary (2003)
  • MN, University of Calgary (1999)
  • BScN, University of Calgary (1997)
  • RN, Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta (1982)

My work is both philosophical and practical. I am an active participant in the unit for Philosophical Nursing Research at the Faculty of Nursing, as well as a member of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society. I have recently co-edited a book, Philosophy of Nursing: 5 Questions (2013) ( with John Drummond (Scotland) and Anette Forss (Sweden).


My program of research includes empirical and theoretical work concerned with the organization of home care practices for frail older people. This work began with a field study of home care case management practices that resulted in a series of authored or co-authored papers that contribute to: (i) knowledge development in the field of home care, and (ii) methodological innovation, by articulating a practice of theorizing from practice or bridging micro and macro levels of analysis to create more complete accounts of home care and its practices. These papers have been published in a range of journals or edited collections addressing Canadian and international audiences (i.e. Sociology of Health and Illness, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Nursing Philosophy). This program of research also includes work intended to advance theoretical understanding of home care: Theorizing accommodation in supportive home care for older people (Journal of Aging Studies, 2013) and Means without ends: Justifying supportive home care for older people in Canada, 1990-2010 (Sociology of Health and Illness, 2011).

An additional significant outcome of this work is an international, multidisciplinary collection of papers, Perspectives on care at home for older people (Routledge, 2011) co-edited with close collaborators Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis and Dr. Kristin Björnsdóttir (

Current Grants

  • Delaying institutionalization, sustaining families: Comparative case studies of care at home for older people with dementia. (CIHR operating grant 2014-2017).
  • Seniors, risk and successful aging: Towards a broader understanding for rehabilitation (CIHR Planning Grants - Priority Announcement: Aging 2013-2014).


I teach in the undergraduate program, Nursing in Context I/II (NURS 190/194), and the graduate program, Theory Development in Nursing (NURS 600) and The Nature and Development of Nursing Knowledge (NURS 502). 

Both teaching and scholarship are informed by variety of thinkers. Within nursing the work of Mary Ellen Purkis, Davina Allen, John Drummond, Joanna Latimer, Kristin Bjornsdottir and Sioban Nelson has been influential. Outside of nursing, I am influenced by the writings of Michel Foucault, Chantal Mouffe, John Law, Annemarie Mol, Ingunn Moser, Jeannette Pols, and Carl May – to name only a few. I advocate reading as widely as possible as a good strategy for thinking through the complicated conditions that shape our current practices. Methodological preferences include ethnography, case study research, and philosophical analysis. 


NURS 599 - Philosophy and Ethics in Nursing Inquiry

Explore philosophical and ethical questions related to nursing practice, professionalism, scholarship, and research, including Indigenous research ethics. Emphasis is placed on the nature of responsibility and professional obligation associated with systematic nursing inquiry and knowledge application.

NURS 601 - Advanced Inquiry

The purpose of this course is to foster advanced scholarly inquiry and to assist students to understand, position, and defend their research theoretically and methodologically in the context of multiple perspectives and different theoretical standpoints. Emphasis will be placed on the diverse but distinctive nature of nursing inquiry which is the systematic creating and/or building of knowledge for the discipline of nursing through engagement of multiple communities within a health related context.

Browse more courses taught by Christine Ceci


Problematizing care burden research

Author(s): Purkis ME, Ceci C
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Ageing & Society
Volume: (In Press)

Theorizing accommodation in supportive home care for older people

Author(s): Ceci C, Purkis ME, Björnsdóttir K
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of Aging Studies
Volume: 27
Page Numbers: 30-37

Means without ends: Justifying supportive home care for older people in Canada, 1990-2010

Author(s): Ceci C, Purkis ME
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Sociology of Health and Illness
Volume: 33
Page Numbers: 1066-1080

Increasingly distant from life: Problem setting in the organization of home care

Author(s): Ceci C
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Nursing Philosophy
Volume: 9
Page Numbers: 19-31