Research team

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, and Professor Emerita, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto.

While holding a PhD in Philosophy, interdisciplinary teaching, research and community engagement have defined her career path. Her teaching and research center on how values and perceptions affect public policy, planning and environmental decision making. She has taught courses in environmental ethics (including water ethics and climate ethics), environmental policy, environmental decision making and urban and environmental planning.

Research has been interdisciplinary and collaborative. Projects have ranged from providing an integrative framework for a tri-council grant with 30 researchers across six Ontario universities, exploring sustainability of the Hamilton Harbour Ecosystem – to studying perceptions and values of stakeholders and users of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.

In addition to a project on water ethics and policy currently underway, Dr. Stefanovic is Principal Investigator of the present SSHRC-funded research, reported on this website, on “Interpreting Interdisciplinarity: the Case of Environmental Studies.”

She has served as Executive Co-Director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and Senior Scholar at the Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago and New York. Recent books include Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development and The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment. Two edited volumes in the area of water ethics are in preparation, as is a book on interdisciplinary environmental education, co-written with Simone Hausknecht, Simon Fraser University.


Simone Hausknecht is a PhD Candidate in Education at Simon Fraser University. She has degrees in English, Teaching, Health Science, and Education from universities in Australia and Canada. Simone has received numerous scholarships as a graduate student and has five years of experience conducting research within a variety of research projects including E-listening, Elder's Digital Storytelling, and Digital Social Games for Learning and Entertainment.  

Simone's personal research is focused on collaborative learning, community based participatory education, and interactive learning environments. This project has been important to advancing her thinking and understanding of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education and research. Working with Ingrid Leman Stefanovic has given her experience in interdisciplinarity, not only through the research, but also working as part of an interdisciplinary team. She is excited to be a part of the knowledge collaboration. 

Past project members:

Zachery Shefman

Kristina Welch