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