Janet is Director and Associate Professor at the SFU Semester in Dialogue. She has imagined, designed and facilitated intensive, interdisciplinary courses that focus on community engagement, resilience, lifestyle activism, food systems, group process and urban sustainability.
Janet is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityStudio - an energetic hub of learning and leadership where students design and implement Greenest City solutions in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and 6 post secondary institutions (Emily Carr, UBC, SFU, VCC, BCIT and Langara). http://www.citystudiovancouver.com
She has been involved with a number of innovative sustainability education projects in Vancouver, including university engagement on sustainability curriculum at UBC where she completed her doctoral dissertation “Recreating the University from within: Sustainability and Transformation in Higher Education” with the Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education. Her post-doctoral work focused on The Learning City Project at Great Northern Way Campus–an inter-institutional project working towards integrating real world issues into the university classroom.
Janet spent 4 years as the Provincial Leader of the BC Working Group and Network on Sustainability Education, a group that is now the UN Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development – British Columbia.
She is a research associate with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development and her interests include transdisciplinary higher education, transformative learning, community based learning, participatory action research, sustainability education and organizational change in higher education. Janet is passionate about teaching and learning, facilitating dialogue and participatory processes. She keeps busy riding bikes and planting veggies with her 2 kids.