Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University!

As one of only a handful of interdisciplinary environmental Faculties in Canada – and the only one in Western Canada – we offer a broad range of educational opportunities.

We invite you to explore our unique programs and be part of an exceptional, world-class set of teaching, research and outreach programs.

Our program options range from issues of:

  • past environments, aboriginal and archeological origins of society;
  • human and physical geography;
  • environmental management and resource issues;
  • sustainable community development;
  • environmental science;
  • business and sustainability;
  • global climate change and environment systems;
  • …and so much more!

Come talk to us. Together our researchers, students, staff, alumni, friends and partners will help us make a difference in building a more sustainable world.

Professor Ingrid Leman Stefanovic
Dean, Faculty of Environment


Research Interests

Dr. Stefanovic's current research projects investigate interpretations of interdisciplinarity in environmental programs at Canadian universities; as well as issues of water ethics and public policy.


Why Canada should care about the UN Water Decade

The National Observer
April 3, 2017

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

"Through the framework of water policy, the next UN decade offers Canada a unique opportunity to position many of its priorities, from peacekeeping to women’s and Indigenous rights to environmental sustainability, on the international stage."

Championing the Green Economy: Why values matter more than logic

The Hill Times
March 29, 2017

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

"Instead of speaking to the dangers of the carbon economy, focusing on positive messages of preparedness for a changing climate conveys a sense of resilience and safety."

Bridging the divide: why universities and governments need stronger partnerships
March 19, 2017

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

"How do we ensure that high-integrity scientific truths genuinely inform public policy?"

Gardens, guns, and values—Canadians and the American psyche
November 21, 2016

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

''Canadians should never be complacent about our own susceptibility to rhetoric over critical assessment."

Robertson versus Nenshi—how should Trudeau decide? (And how can universities help?)
June 16, 2016

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

''Both impact and probability influence the level of risk associated with proposed pipelines.''

Sense of Space with Minelle Mahtani: a radio interview with the Dean

Roundhouse Radio 98.3
November 30, 2015
Guest host Carol Thorbes 

Ingrid joined guest host Carol Thorbes to discuss the Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Who pays for climate change is a tricky question
November 17, 2015

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Who holds moral responsibility for paying for the damage of climate change caused by fossil-fuel consumption?

Why Justin Trudeau’s leadership at COP 21 invites an appeal to “the better angels of our natures”
November 3, 2015

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

n his most recent book on climate change, Per Espen Stoknes points out that while the rational, scientific evidence for climate disruption is clear and widespread, most Westerners “still choose to look away.” Might our new prime minister’s principal task at the climate meetings in Paris be to inspire a new way of seeing?

Why the Pope’s calls for an ecological conversion matters to non-Catholics
July 8, 2015

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

...when a world leader dedicates the power of his words to the theme of climate change and environmental challenges, as Pope Francis has done, there is potential not simply to describe but to change realities.

Which challenge should we grapple with now?
November 17, 2014

By Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

From terrorist attacks to Ebola infections, crises dominate the news. How shall we best respond to these threats?

Professor Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Dean