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My research is highly interdisciplinary and weaves together expertise in environmental education, animism and multiple ways of knowing. I pay particular attention to the many discourses that limit what is deemed possible within a Western paradigm, and encourage students to move beyond them. The result: transformative sustainability learning that traverses worldviews and generates innovative solutions to complex problems.

 

 

Engaging Thomas Kuhn’s notion of a paradigm shift, my work is embedded in epistemologically and ontologically pluralistic perspectives. My research and teaching creates a shared ethical space where worldviews and ways of knowing of Aboriginal Peoples are recognized and valued. New research will deepen understandings of the implications of epistemological stretching and engagement with a relational ontology in teaching and learning for sustainability. It will also develop diverse applications for resolving complex environmental problems, engaging ideas that “we have not yet thought to think” (Lotz-Sisitka, 2002, p. 118).

My background includes environmental education, qualitative and decolonizing research methodologies, transformative learning, and energy healing.