Maria Mayan, PhD

Professor, School of Public Health
Assoc Dean, Rsrch & Rsrch Prog, School of Public Health

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Professor, School of Public Health
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9

Assoc Dean, Rsrch & Rsrch Prog, School of Public Health



Maria Mayan is a Professor and Associate Dean Research and an Associate Director of the Community-University Partnership in the School of Public Health. She is an engaged scholar who situates her work at the intersection of government, not-for-profit, disadvantaged, and clinician communities. She grounds her work in the policy environment and focuses on how we can work together on complex health and social issues. Her work focuses on the causes of marginalization and how to mobilize against systems of inequity, using primarily qualitative and community-engaged research in rigorous and creative ways.

As a qualitative methodologist, she has studied, written about, and conducted qualitative research since the early 1990s. She spent over ten years at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology learning and teaching qualitative inquiry locally and internationally. She has been invited to teach qualitative inquiry by government, not-for-profits, the private sector, and the academic community worldwide. Her qualitative expertise has culminated into a book, Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry; the second edition is currently being prepared and will be published by Routledge.

One of her most valued activities is joining with colleagues and graduate students to use both conventional and unconventional qualitative and community-based methods to explore intriguing and pressing health research issues.

Her current research program is embedded in End Poverty Edmonton and in community economic development in Drayton Valley, Alberta.


  • Qualitative research
  • Integrated knowledge translation
  • Policy and systems change
  • Poverty
  • Community-based participatory research


  • Qualitative research
  • Community-based participatory research

Currently teaching in new Master of Arts in Community Engagement program

Scholarly Activities

Research - End Poverty Edmonton

Started: 2014

The EndPoverty Edmonton vision is to eliminate poverty in Edmonton within a generation.