Leadership & Academic Collaborators


Marcia McKenzie
Director and Principal Investigator
Dr. Marcia McKenzie is the Director of SEPN. She is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Director of the Sustainability Education Research Institute at the University of Saskatchewan (www.seri.usask.ca). She is principal investigator on two SSHRC-funded projects: the Sustainability and Education Policy Network and the Digital Media Project: Youth Making Place. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersections of environment and critical education, educational policy, and the politics of social science research.
Nicola Chopin
Project Manager (On Leave as of Feb 2020)
Nicola is on leave as of February 1, 2020. Nicola Chopin has been the Project Manager of SEPN since 2012. Her background is in Applied Social Psychology, with an emphasis on program evaluation and monitoring. She has over 10 years of research coordination experience and is familiar with a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods including literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, surveys, interviews, and focus groups. She has worked in a variety of areas including sustainability education policy, sustainability education, health science education, quality of life, poverty, homelessness, crime prevention, and community perceptions of crime.


Randy Haluza DeLay
Randy Haluza DeLay is a Professor at The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a father, birdwatcher, and cycle commuter, and spent 15 years as a wilderness guide. As a sociology professor at The King’s University for the past twelve years, he has published over 40 academic journal articles and book chapters, and occasional items for magazines and newspapers. This includes two co-edited books: Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada (The University of British Columbia Press, 2009), and the recently released How the World’s Religions are Responding to Climate Change: Social Science Investigations (Routledge, 2014). His PhD is in Education from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Master’s in Recreation. As a social scientist, his research focuses on social movements, religion and the environment, environmental education, and the cultural politics of sustainability. As a citizen, he is active in peace and anti-racism initiatives, and interfaith dialogue.
Alan Reid
Alan Reid is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He has over 20 years experience in developing and communicating research with a wide range of stakeholders on education, environment and sustainability topics. Originally based at the University of Bath’s Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, since the mid-1990s he has been involved in an equally wide range of community, policy, academic, knowledge transfer and public engagement activities, particularly in relation to studies published in the research journal he has edited for the last 10 years, Environmental Education Research.  Alan also contributes to a broad range of research- and development-focused events for environmental and sustainability education associations and networks around the world. Finally, at Monash University, Alan sponsors a series of events and projects focused on fostering more critical conversations about what is required for ‘better teaching and better learning’, alongside promoting more visual and creative approaches to representing and discussing education.
Alex Wilson
Dr. Alex Wilson is Professor and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. She is Swampy Cree from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Her scholarship has greatly contributed to building and sharing knowledge about two-spirit identity, history, and teachings, indigenous research methodologies, anti-oppressive education, and the prevention of violence in the lives of indigenous peoples. As a community activist and Idle No More organizer, her work also focuses on interventions that prevent the destruction of land and water. She is the recent recipient of a 2016 Nellie Award for community activism, the 2015 U of S Community Engagement Award and the 2016 Peter Corren award. Alex was instrumental in developing the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Land based Master’s program.
Tarah Wright
Tarah Wright is Director of the Education for Sustainability Research Group and Professor at Dalhousie University. She has played a pivotal role in the successful creation of the Environmental Science Program and the innovative College of Sustainability. Tarah holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo (1996), a Masters of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University (1998) and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Alberta (2002). Tarah’s research focuses on the emerging field of education for sustainable development and she has published numerous papers covering a wide range of issues in sustainability and higher education. She serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU), and is a co-organizer for World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day. Tarah and her family make their home in the city of Halifax, on the traditional lands of the Mic Mac people, in the Acadian Forest Bioregion, at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Academic Collaborators

* Scientific Committee Members

Scott Bell
Dr. Scott Bell is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan. He teaches and conducts research on topics related to Geomatics, Spatial Cognition, and Health.
Ann Dale*
Ann Dale is a Professor with the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. Ann Dale has received national and international recognition for her research in the field of sustainable community development. Her research on governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers. She is deeply committed to online conversations on critical public policy issues and novel research dissemination tools, such as her YouTube channel, HEADTalks. She leads MC3 (http://mc-3.ca/), a climate change adaptation and mitigation research program studying best practices and innovations in community responses throughout British Columbia.
Gerald Fallon*
Gerald Fallon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (Faculty of Education) at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on issues of school and educational system management and cultural diversity, with specific threads related to education law, educational policy, sustainability, educational leadership, community development and intercultural relations. He has co-authored two books in 2010 and 2015 in addition to 20 peer-reviewed articles and four chapters in English, French, and Spanish.  The first book in 2010 is a critical analysis of policy directions affecting First Nations education since 1986. The second book in 2015 is a critical analysis of policy issues regarding access, quality and governance of education in Haiti.   Dr. Fallon is also Co-Director of the research group Educación y Diversidad Internacional (EDI) based at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. This research group works in the field of community-based development and cultural diversity in rural areas of South America, especially in Colombia.
Michael Peters*
Michael A. Peters is Professor in the Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research at Waikato University, Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Professorial Fellow at James Cook University. He is the executive editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory and founding editor of several other journals, including the Open Review of Educational Research and The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy. His interests are in education, philosophy and social policy and he has written over sixty books, including most recently The Global Financial Crisis and the Restructuring of Education (2015), Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy (2015) both with Tina Besley, Education Philosophy and Politics: Selected Works (2011); Education, Cognitive Capitalism and Digital Labour (2011), with Ergin Bulut; and Neoliberalism and After? Education, Social Policy and the Crisis of Capitalism (2011). He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ in 2010 and awarded honorary doctorates by State University of New York (SUNY) in 2012 and University of Aalborg in 2015.
Maureen Reed
Dr. Maureen Reed is Professor and Assistant Director with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She began her academic career in 1991 at the University of British Columbia, Department of Geography. In 2000, she moved to the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Reed is particularly concerned to explain how rural communities practice sustainability and demonstrate resilience in the face of both rapid and slow-moving environmental, social, economic, political and cultural change. She teaches in the graduate program of the School of Environment and Sustainability and has worked on a national advisory committee (Canada-MAB) that provides guidance to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO on managing its program related to World Biosphere Reserves in Canada.
Mark Rickinson*
Mark Rickinson is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Engagement) in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Mark’s work is focused on improving the use and usefulness of educational research in policy and practice. In Australia and before that in the UK, he has undertaken research, evaluation and consultancy projects relating to environmental learning and sustainability education, and the use of evidence in educational policy and practice. He is currently undertaking research with Sustainability Victoria on ResourceSmart Schools and with the Victorian Department of Education and Training on the use of evidence in education policy.
Ryan Walker
Dr. Ryan Walker is an Associate Professor in Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan. His research programs delve into the areas of city planning and urban design, Indigenous urbanism, multi-level urban governance, and public space. Most of his work is driven by the rewards of linking scholarship with public debate, decision-making and implementation.
Arjen Wals*
Arjen Wals (Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University in The Netherlands) holds the UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development. Furthermore he is the Carl Bennet Guest Professor in Education for Sustainable Development at Gothenburg University in Sweden and an Adjunct at Cornell University. His teaching and research focus on designing learning processes and learning spaces that enable people to contribute meaningfully sustainability. A central question in his work is: how to create conditions that support (new) forms of learning which take full advantage of the diversity, creativity and resourcefulness that is all around us, but so far remain largely untapped in our search for a world that is more sustainable than the one currently in prospect?