Elena Bennett is an Associate Professor at McGill. She received her BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1994, earned her MSc in Land Resources in 1999 (U. Wisconsin) and her PhD in Limnology and Marine Sciences in 2002 (U. Wisconsin). She is co-chair of the international project ecoSERVICES, which aims to set the research agenda for ecosystem services for the coming decade, and lead author on the IPBES Global Assessment. Dr. Bennett was a Leopold Leadership Fellow (2012), and a Trottier Public Policy Professor (2013-2014). At McGill, she has won awards for undergraduate teaching, graduate supervision, and contributions to campus sustainability.
Karen Hutchins Bieluch is an Assistant Research Professor with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine and the Practice-based Learning Specialist in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on team-based and environmental communication, community-university research partnerships, citizen science, and student learning in higher education. Her work has been published in Sustainability Science, Sustainability, Environmental Communication, Ecology and Society, and Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. She received an I.Ph.D. in Communication and Sustainability Science from the University of Maine in 2013.
Karen Brown is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), Co-Chair of the Master of (International) Development Practice (MDP) degree program, and Senior Lecturer and Director of Graduate Studies for the Development Studies and Social Change graduate minor in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota. She directs international and interdisciplinary education and research programs including the ICGC Scholar/Mellon Scholars fellowship programs and a research and graduate education partnership with the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). She serves as a Graduate Faculty member in Feminist Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Minnesota) with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Politics, M.A. in East Asian Studies (University of Minnesota) and B.S. in Chinese (Georgetown University). Her research and teaching interests focus on gender and public policy in global context, international women’s and children’s human rights, girls in international policy, and international research ethics and methods.
Carla Carlson is special consultant to the Grand Challenges Research Initiative within the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Minnesota. The initiative focuses on best practices to enhance interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research – and creating change within the institution. Carlson has addressed aspects of interdisciplinary and sustainability research throughout her careers in science journalism, science policy at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, and institutional innovation at Minnesota. Carlson earned a PhD in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jessica Cockburn is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. In her PhD research she applied a transdisciplinary research approach, engaging closely with practitioners in local NGOs who are facilitating environmental stewardship in multifunctional landscapes. Through this experience Jessica grappled with the practical, ethical, and intellectual challenges posed by transdisciplinary research. In her postdoctoral research she seeks to build on these experiences. She plans to co-develop participatory monitoring and evaluation frameworks and social learning facilitation toolkits to support practitioners who are facilitating collaborative multi-stakeholder processes for sustainable landscape management.
Tony Cooke is CEO and Co-Founder of One Planet Education Networks, a global education non-profit co-founded by WWF that aims to catalyse the mainstreaming of sustainable business practice. He is also Founder and host of ChangeHackers, a daily podcast for people changing their world. A serial social entrepreneur and change agent for sustainability, he has held senior roles in business, government and non-profit organisations.
Ann Dale is a professor in the School of Environment & Sustainability at Royal Roads University. She held her university’s first Canada Research Chair, is a Trudeau Fellow Alumna, a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science, and sits on several editorial boards. Her research focuses on sustainable community development, integrated sustainability planning, social capital and agency, governance, climate change adaptation and mitigation, deliberative on-line dialogue, and research dissemination tools and techniques, including the use of social media. Professor Dale has a doctorate in natural resource science from McGill University and is a prolific author. Her latest book, Edging Forward. Achieving Sustainable Development was published in February 2018.
Shanda L. Demorest is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing. Shanda is an active member of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and a co-founder of the sister group Health Students for a Healthy Climate. She practices cardiovascular nursing at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Shanda leads the Nurses Climate Challenge, a collaborative effort between Health Care Without Harm and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments with the aim of educating 5,000 health professionals on climate and health. Her current scholarly work involves educating and activating nurses and other health professionals around the health impacts of climate change.
Glenn Galloway has worked nearly 10 years in South America, first with Peace Corps (Colombia) and later as a highland forestry advisor for USAID in Peru and Ecuador, providing technical support to reforestation and agroforestry projects in Andean communities. From 1992 to 2011 he worked throughout Central America with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), first as Coordinator to a regional Finnish financed forestry and agroforestry research and training program and then as Leader to a Swiss financed lowland tropical forest management project working with mestizo and indigenous communities in Honduras and Nicaragua. From 2003 to 2011 he served as Dean to CATIE´s Graduate School and Director of the Education Division. In 2011 he was named Director to UF’s Master of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) Program. He has served since 2010 as Chair to the steering committee of the IUFRO World Forests, Society and Environment (WFSE) Special Project.
Jonathan Gosling is an independent academic, emeritus professor at Exeter university and visiting professor at McGill, Renmin and IIM-Ahmedabad. He co-founded the One Planet MBA and OPEN, is lead faculty at the Forward.institute, and is involved in participatory action research into Malaria elimination in Southern Africa.
David Hart is the Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and is a Professor in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. Ever since he became embroiled at the age of 17 in a controversial proposal regarding the environmental and economic future of a coastal California watershed, David Hart has been searching for ways to increase the value of science in society. For the last decade, David and his colleagues have been growing the capacity of universities to conduct stakeholder-engaged, interdisciplinary research, which led to the creation of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. More than 150 faculty and 600 students from 17 universities representing the natural and social sciences, engineering, design, and the humanities have participated in this solutions-driven research (e.g. 40+ projects focused on water resources, forestry, agriculture, coastal fisheries, municipal planning, renewable energy and materials management). Research support has come from many sources, including more than $32 million in grants from the National Science Foundation.
Matthew Harsh is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Engineering in Society at Concordia University in Montreal. Much of his research is about how new and emerging technologies can improve livelihoods in Africa. Harsh also conducts research about how to prepare students to responsibly guide innovation towards just and sustainable ends, and runs several training programs related to this on technology policy and community engagement. He is Director of ‘Computing cultures’, a film about computer science research in Kenya and Uganda, and Senior Producer of ‘Brother Time’, a documentary about political unrest after the 2007 Kenyan election. His films have received numerous awards and have been shown at film festivals and events around the world.
Petra Holden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative working under the AXA Research Chair in African Climate Risk. Her postdoctoral research investigates the contribution of climate change and landscape management to the impacts of climate extremes on water systems. For her doctoral research she used an inter- and transdisciplinary approach to assess the impact of mountain protection on water-related ecosystem services in relation to broader socio-economic and ecological drivers of landscape change over the last century. Prior to this, Petra worked in several African and Asian countries co-developing climate change adaptation projects associated with weather and climate early warning systems and the restoration of ecosystems to “natural” and novel states.
Kimberly John is a project administrator for McGill’s Leadership Training Project which provides graduate students with leadership and communication skills development opportunities. She is a trained aquatic ecologist with extensive experience in conservation, capacity-building and socio-ecological research. She has worked across the Caribbean to promote sound watershed and coastal management, protect valuable areas and support climate change adaptation. As a Conservation and Sustainability Fellow at IUCN, she worked among Jamaica’s indigenous Windward Maroons to research and support traditional ecological knowledge and sacred natural sites. She also researched ways of incorporating the social values of aquatic ecosystems in New Brunswick Canada into decision-making.
Hilary Leighton is a lifelong apprentice to nature and psyche who invites an embodied, arts-and nature-based curriculum where mythos and logos merge at the confluence of lived experience, deep creativity, radical collaboration and open compassion. A tireless advocate for a more consciously-connected world, she is a close study of ecopsychology, mythology, depth psychology and the mythopoetic. Hilary holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in education, psychology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria and is a registered clinical counsellor in BC with a private ecopsychotherapy practice. As an assistant professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads, she serves as program head for both the MA in Environmental Education and Communication and the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development, and as such is devoted to encouraging the cultural artisanry of students as they discover their unique ways of belonging to the world in contribution to the intrinsic, complex whole.
Jacob Mans is a practicing architect and educator. His research is focused on the influence of large-scaled environmental systems on small-scaled building performance. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Luther College, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Design Studies degree from Harvard University. He is a cofounder of the Decentralized Design Lab and an assistant professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.
Bridie McGreavy is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. Her research focuses on themes related to communication, ecosystem sustainability, social-environmental justice, and resilience. She uses engaged research methods to study and help shape communication within sustainability science and coastal and freshwater management contexts. Her work has been published in interdisciplinary journals such as Ecology and Society, Environmental Communication, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Philosophy and Rhetoric. She received a Ph.D. in Communication with a concentration in Sustainability Science from the University of Maine in 2013.
Whitney McIntyre Miller is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Chapman University. She centers her research and scholarship on peace leadership and issues of community development and leadership, with a particular focus on postconflict societies. She has researched and worked in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina, has lived in Russia, and has traveled to 60 countries. She has also worked in the areas of international development, refugee return and resettlement, nonviolence, and elections monitoring. She has served the co-convener of the Peace Leadership Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association, and as a board member of the Community Development Society.
Nina Miller comes to the Master of Development Practice (MDP) from a varied background. Before joining Regis University as the MDP’s first Program Director, Nina Miller spent ten years as a practitioner at Water For People, a Denver-based INGO, where she held a variety of roles, including academic partnerships, field-staff training, communications, program audits, grants management, fundraising and donor and community relations. Nina’s academic career began with a PhD from Northwestern University, and continued with teaching at Iowa State University, where she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. After relocating to Colorado, Nina returned to academia through administration as Chair of Liberal Studies at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Nina is the author of Making Love Modern: The Intimate Public Lives of New York’s Literary Women.
Stephen M. Posner is Assistant Director of Policy Engagement at COMPASS and Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. He builds relationships among scientists, policymakers, and people who inform policy; creates opportunities for meaningful, ongoing exchange among scientists and decision-makers; and leads policy and science communication workshops. His research on economics, policy, and the interactions among science and policy has been published in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Communications, Environmental Science and Policy, Ecological Economics, and Sustainability Science. Previously, he has worked as a consultant to analyze natural resources for global companies. He has a Ph.D. in natural resources and ecological economics from the University of Vermont, a B.S. in astronomy and physics from Haverford College, and studied science education at Stanford University.
Teddie Potter is a Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. She coordinates the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership and is Director of Inclusivity and Diversity. She is Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to disseminating the art and science of partnership. Potter also teaches an interdisciplinary course entitled “The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change.” She serves on the Movement Building Team for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, the core team for Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, and the Environment and Public Health Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing.
Claire Reid is the Director of the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development (MDP) at the University of Winnipeg (Canada). Through the course of her career she has maintained a strong commitment to exploring how abstract human rights norms are lived in ordinary, everyday contexts. This commitment has taken Claire from her research work at the International Criminal Court (The Hague) to her applied community-based work in the human rights and social justice sectors in Peru, Haiti and Canada. Claire is a member of the University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Advisory Circle and a member of the Advisory Circle for the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good. Claire has a Master’s of Arts in International Human Rights Law (University for Peace, Costa Rica) and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Politics and International Development (University of Winnipeg).
Isabel Rimanoczy is the Convener of LEAP!, the PRME Working Group on the Sustainability Mindset, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact. She has made her life purpose to develop change accelerators and does this by writing, public speaking, legacy retreats, and teaching. Author of over 140 articles, book chapters and papers, she recently published Developing a Sustainability Mindset in Management Education (2018), and Stop Teaching: Principles and Practices for Responsible Management Education, 2016 . Other books include Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainability Mindset, 2013, Circles of Dialogue (2011) and Action Reflection Learning, 2008, based on her research on adult learning. She founded MINERVAS, Women Changing the World, a nonprofit organization supporting women making a difference.
Eureta Rosenberg is the Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education at Rhodes University in South Africa, director of the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) at Rhodes, and Editor in Chief of the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. Her doctoral research focussed on transformative methodology for research, and she is currently working on methodology for system-wide, complexity sensitive evaluations. The research programme at the ELRC includes the demand for green work across sectors, the skills needed for green work, sustainability curriculum for schools and post-school contexts, transformative pedagogy, and pathways for transitioning into green work and sustainable societies. Her policy interests include human capacity development strategies and building the national system for green skills development in South Africa.
Rian Satterwhite serves as Director of the Office of Service Learning and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where his office manages academic and co-curricular programs that help students develop critical leadership practices grounded in community, systems thinking, and the pursuit of social justice. He has served in roles as Chair of Leadership Education and Convener of the Sustainability Leadership Learning Community within the International Leadership Association. Author of numerous articles and book chapters, and co-editor of the book Innovation in environmental leadership: Critical perspectives, Rian explores how leadership theory and practice evolve as we increasingly recognize our place within and responsibility to complex natural systems.
George Scharffenberger directs UC Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) program, a professional graduate degree focused on sustainability that integrates science, economics, policy and management. George came to UC Berkeley following thirty-five years designing, managing and evaluating economic and social development activities in the Global South. This included long-term assignments in Madagascar, Senegal, The Gambia, and Morocco. His interests and work have had a particular focus on technology, information-based networks, climate change and social entrepreneurship. George has an MPhil degree from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (UK) and a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Sheona Shackleton is Deputy Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town and an Honorary Professor with the Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, South Africa. She has worked for more than 30 years on range of inter/transdisciplinary projects at the human-environment interface, with a recent focus on understanding the links between various drivers of change, and future livelihood and landscape trajectories.
Linda Silka is a social and community psychologist by training, with much of her work focusing on building community-university partnerships and preparing faculty from diverse disciplines to serve as change agents within such partnerships. She has several decades of experience in leading community-university research partnerships on environmental, economic development, and environmental health issues. Silka was the former Director of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and is now Senior Fellow at the University of Maine’s George Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. Prior to moving to the University of Maine, Silka was a faculty member for three decades at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she directed the Center for Family, Work, Community, served as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Community Outreach and Partnerships, and was Professor of Regional Economic and Social Development. Research partnerships she has facilitated include the NIEHS-funded Southeast Asian Environmental Justice Partnership and the New Ventures Partnership, the HUD-funded Community Outreach Partnership Center and Diverse Healthy Homes Initiative, and the Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Leadership and Empowerment.
Kate Sheridan is the Associate Director of Career Development for the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she advises students sustainability and food studies students in their professional, leadership, and career development. Having received her Master’s degree in Leadership Studies, Kate has also worked for leadership development and education programs at universities in Virginia and California, and is a member of the International Leadership Association. Kate has a growing research interest in innovative practices of leadership development and education that equip individuals to confront the future with greater self-awareness and systems capacity, and has co-authored several pieces that explore these themes.
Katherine Snyder has over 25 years of experience in East and Southern carrying out research on rural livelihoods, gender and development, social and governance issues in fisheries and water management, land-use change and sustainable agriculture. She took over the leadership of the University of Arizona Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) program in 2016 after a decade of living in Africa. Her work has focused on the drivers of social, economic, and environmental change and on how institutions and policy affect actions on the ground. She has worked for International Research Centers (WorldFish Center, World Agroforestry Center, International Institute for Water Management, and the Center for Tropical Agriculture) managing multidisciplinary teams and working with local communities. Additionally, she managed a small NGO in northern Tanzania (Sand County Foundation – Tanzania) that focused on wildlife conservation, tourism and pastoralist land rights.
Aaron Strong is an Assistant Professor of Marine Policy in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change in coastal and marine systems, where he focuses specifically on climate change adaptation, ocean acidification and water quality management wicked problems. Aaron’s work has been published in Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and BioScience. Trained as a sustainability scientist, Aaron received his Ph.D. from the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University in 2016.
Larry A. Swatuk is a professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, where he also directs the Master of Development Practice (MDP) program. Among other things, he is Associate Researcher, Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC) in Bonn, Germany and Extraordinary Professor, Institute for Water Studies at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.
David Syncox is a Skills Development Manager at McGill University. His work largely focuses on leading the development and delivery of a variety of training activities (e.g., conference workshops, career panels, and networking events) designed to foster the development of transferable skills, such as communication, leadership, and project management. David oversees SKILLSETS, an award winning suite of professional development offerings for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as SKILLS21, a recently-launched skills development program for undergraduate students. Through these two programs, students broaden their “skill sets” beyond their research training to become well-rounded individuals prepared for a wealth of academic and non-academic career paths. In addition to student-oriented activities, David leads skills development opportunities for faculty members through the Graduate Supervision Workshop Series. In 2014, David was recognized for his efforts with the Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Diana H. Wall is a soil ecologist and a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University and is the founding Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Learning from her experience as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, she launched the SoGES Sustainability Leadership Program for postdocs and PhD students across the CSU campus. She is currently Science Chair of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. Her research explores how life in soil (microbial and invertebrate diversity) contributes to healthy, fertile, and productive soils and thus to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. Diana was President of the Ecological Society of America among others and has received numerous honors including the 2013 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Aleta Rudeen Weller is the Senior Research and Engagement Officer at Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). She works to connect the School’s activities to the university and local communities while promoting the School’s sustainability goals and research efforts. In her position at SoGES, she runs faculty research programs, the Sustainability Leadership Fellows program, and facilitates other collaborative research activities centered on global sustainability issues. Aleta has an interdisciplinary background in communication, conflict management, and collaboration in natural resources. Her work history includes a variety of projects that link science and management, and she has a research and applied background in collaborative process and is a trained facilitator. Aleta has a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University.
Emma Wilcox is the Chief Executive of the Society for the Environment. Emma and has successfully delivered change leading to growth in the number of registered environmental professionals whilst also ensuring the voice of Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians has been amplified with government and key decision makers. Emma’s strong academic and research background is supported by an in-depth knowledge of both public and private sector landscapes along with commercial experience. During her career to date Emma has successfully demonstrated the ability to combine creative and analytical thinking and lead multidisciplinary change projects, business activity and navigate complex challenges. Emma is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Programme.
David Wilsey directs the University of Minnesota Master of Development Practice (MDP) program and is a member of the graduate faculties of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Global Change. Previously, Dave spent five years as an associate Extension professor and educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. Situated within the forestry program area, his work regularly crossed boundaries and he established productive collaborations with the small farms team, community vitality and economics, family resource management, and the American Indian leadership team, of which he was an active member. Dave’s scholarship and teaching focus on three themes: natural resource-based livelihood systems, non-timber forest products, and cross-cultural program development and implementation. He primarily works with forest-based and forest-oriented groups in the Americas.