Urban Forestry Researcher

Director, Engagement and Research, Tree Canada

Email: abardekjian@treecanada.ca

Website: www.adrinabardekjian.com


Dr. Adrina C. Bardekjian is an urban forestry researcher, writer, and educator, and has contributed to urban forestry for 20 years. She has a Master of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto, she received her PhD from York University, and completed her Postdoctoral research with the University of British Columbia. Her academic research focuses on the social aspects of arboriculture and urban forestry, specifically arborist perspectives towards identity and labour, and women’s participation, leadership, and gender equity. Dr. Bardekjian has a number of publications and is one of the editors the book, Urban Forests, Trees and Greenspace: A Political Ecology Perspective. She has produced short films to communicate her research to wide audiences including, Women Branching Out. More recently, Dr. Bardekjian, is co-creator of the discussion series, Where Women Choose to Walk: Paths to Improving Cities and Nature.

She is also an Adjunct Professor with Forestry, at the Institute of Forestry & Conservation, Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto. Dr. Bardekjian is the recipient of several awards including the Society of Municipal Arborists Award of Achievement and the International Society of Arboriculture’s Honourary Membership Award. In her role with Tree Canada, Dr. Bardekjian directs the Research and Engagement unit, and leads the development of various research collaborations and strategic initiatives with diverse partners, including the Canadian Urban Forest Network and national urban forest Conference.