Professional Profile

Urban Forestry Researcher, Writer and Educator

 
 

official positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia (2016)

  1. Title: The living learning lab: Towards transdisciplinary urban forestry education and research in Canada

  2. Supervisor: Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch


Manager, Urban Forestry Programs and Research Development, Tree Canada (2014)

  1. Adrina’s current appointment with Tree Canada involves managing the national Urban Forestry portfolio. This includes: operationalizing the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy (CUFS), for which she is Lead on the Research Working Group; facilitating the Canadian Urban Forest Network (CUFN) and coordinating the biennial Canadian Urban Forest Conference with the host city.


Totten Fellow, USDA Forest Service NYC Urban Field Station

  1. Emerging Scholars Workshop (2014)


Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

  1. Project Lead, Research and Development of Narratives, Student and University Engagement, the Alternative Campus Tour (2012-2013)

  2. Co-Chair, Urban Forests & Political Ecologies: Celebrating Transdisciplinarity, Conference Committee (2011-2013)

  3. Course Director, ENVS3740: Urban Ecology (2012)

  4. Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee (2011)

  5. Teaching Development Graduate Assistant (2011)

  6. Teaching Assistant and Course Administrator, ENVS1200: Taking Action Engaging People and the Environment (2008-2012)


Canadian Urban Forest Network National Steering Committee, Elected Ontario Representative (2009-2014), Program Manager (2014)


Ontario Urban Forest Council, Advisor & Board of Directors


Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, Shade Policy Steering Committee

 

Research

  1. Transdisciplinary perspectives in urban forestry

  2. Historical narratives of urban ecologies and arboriculture

  3. Political ecology and polarizations in urban forest (sub)cultures

  4. Pedagogies of space and place related to personal and social identity in higher education

  5. Constructionism and the social psychology of environmental justice (and justifications) of behaviour

  6. Creative influences and representations of urban forests in contemporary photography, film and literature

Conference Presentations & Guest lectures

  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, October 25). Social frameworks: Experiences in urban forestry applications, policy and research. Guest lecture at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia: Vancouver, B.C.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, September 28). Transdisciplinary learning: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles as community educators in Ontario, Canada. Paper presented at the 12th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: The Urban Forest Revealed, Laval, QC.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, September 29). Growing our national network: Updates and future directions of the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy. Workshop at the 12th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: The Urban Forest Revealed, Laval, QC.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, May 30 – June 1). Canada’s national urban forest strategy: engaging the regions and empowering the network. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers: Trees in the City, Halifax, NS.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, May 30 – June 1). Different ways of knowing: Insights from climbers in understanding urban forests as a place of work. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers: Trees in the City, Halifax, NS.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, May 18). Canadian Urban Forest Network: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Webinar presented for the Canadian Urban Forest Network. Hosted by the Canadian Institute of Forestry.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2016, April 5). Social values of urban forests. Conférence sur la Foresterie Urbaine, Infrastructure Verte, CREDDO, Gatineau, QC.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2015, November 12). The social side of things: Urban forest case studies and other stories. Guest lecture at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia: Vancouver, B.C.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2015, November 6). Canadian Urban Forest Network: Future Directions. Paper presented at the meeting of the Ontario Urban Forest Council, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. & Steenberg, J. (2015, November 6). Research in urban forestry: Current needs and future trends. Paper presented at the meeting of the Ontario Urban Forest Council, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A . (2015, September–November). Growing our national urban forest network: Exploring key issues and fostering collaboration across regions. Five sessions presented at the Canadian Urban Forest Network Regional Workshop Series: Halifax, NS (September 18), Winnipeg, MB (September 22), Montreal, QC (October 29), Toronto, ON (November 5), Vancouver, B.C. (November 10).  


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2015, June 2). Canadian urban forest stewardship: Building our national network. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2014, November 27). Partners in action: A shade policy for the City of Toronto. Film screening at Cancer: Making Prevention the Cure, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2014, November 9). Seeing differently: Stories from the tree tops and the inclusion of social sciences in urban forestry practice. Paper presented at the meeting of the Ontario Urban Forest Council, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. & Vaughan, K. (2014, October 23). The urban forest as botanical garden: Connecting art, story and education for eco-citizenship. Paper presented at Leaders in Conservation: Botanic Gardens and Biodiversity in the 21st Century, Montreal, QC.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2014, October). Learning from limbwalkers: Exploring arborist stories to inform interdisciplinary praxis in Southern Ontario’s urban forests. Poster presented at the 11th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Urban Forests By Design, Victoria, BC.


  1. Bardekjian, A., Rosen, M., & Kenney, A. (2014, October 2). Canadian urban forest strategy: Progress updates and future directions. Workshop presented at the 11th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Urban Forests By Design, Victoria, BC.


  1. Godin, M-P., & Bardekjian, A. (2014, October). Environmental education: experiential learning as a community-based solution. Poster presented at the 11th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Urban Forests By Design, Victoria, BC.


  1. Larouche, J., Rioux, D., Bussières, G., Bardekjian, A, Kenney, A. & Gélinas, N. (2014, October). Canadian survey of urban forestry research needs. Poster presented at the 11th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Urban Forests By Design, Victoria, BC.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2014, October 2). Partners in action: A shade policy for the City of Toronto. Film screening at the 11th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Urban Forests By Design, Victoria, BC.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2014, June 16-18). Shaping diverse identities in urban forestry: Influences of metaphor, language and agency. Paper presented at the International Research Congress on Urban Tree Diversity, Alnarp, Sweden.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2014, June 5-8). Political ecology and urban forest narratives in Southern Ontario. Paper presented at the Urban Natures Workshop: Engaging Social Science Perspectives from Emerging Scholars, New York, NY.


  1. Bardekjian, A., & Rosen, M. (2014, May 27). Forestry in the republic of Armenia. Paper presented at The Canadian Institute of Forestry, Inaugural International Forestry Night, Ottawa, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2013, October 9-11). Limbwalkers: narratives of language, labour, agency and learning in urban forestry. Paper presented at the CARE-FOR-US II/GreenMan Project Conference, Urban Forestry in Transition – Addressing the needs of changing societies, Tartu, Estonia.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2013, April 18-20). Uncommon clear cuts: Innovative approaches to teaching urban forestry. Paper presented at Urban Forests & Political Ecologies: Celebrating Transdisciplinarity Conference, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2013, February 13-15). Limbwalkers: Arborist voices in the urban forest. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Ontario Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Conference: Climbing to the Top of Our Profession, Niagara Falls, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A., Classens, M., & Sandberg, L. A. (2012, October 4-6). The alternative campus tour at York University: Innovative approaches to urban ecology education. Poster presented at the 10th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Back to the Forest, London, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2012, March 31). Of arboreta and arborscapes: Questioning ecological and social identity within language and discourse. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, York University: New Growth: Dialogues on the Tree, Kleinburg, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A., Classens, M., & Sandberg, L. A. (2012, June 25). Reading the urban landscape: The case of a campus tour at York University, Ontario, Canada. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, University of Vermont: Confronting Complexity; Urban Environmental Pedagogies: Bringing Theory to Practice, Burlington, VT.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2010, August 26). Planning your tutorials in Environmental Studies. Workshop presented at TA Day, York University: What New Teaching Assistants Need To Get Started, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2009, March 14). Tree Canada in Armenia: Building international bridges for forest futures. Workshop presented at St. Sahag St. Mesrob Armenian School: Professional Lecture Series, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2008, September 24). Green schoolgrounds and children’s health. Paper presented at the 8th Canadian Urban Forest Conference: Healthy Trees, Healthy People, Strathcona, AB.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2008, January 19). Our forests in crisis, Armenia Tree Project. Workshop presented at St. Sahag St. Mesrob Armenian School: Professional Lecture Series, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2007, October 18). Need for green oases in asphalt-dominated schoolyards. Paper presented at the meeting of the Ontario Urban Forest Council: Climate Change and the Future of Ontario’s Forests, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2007, May 11). Sun safe school grounds, greening the Toronto District School Board. Paper presented at Toronto Public Health: Shade for Good Health and a Green City, Toronto, ON.


  1. Bardekjian, A. (2006, January 27). How to conduct a shade audit – the Protocol. Paper presented at the meeting of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition, Toronto, ON.