Sean Blenkinsop

Co-Director, Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG)
Faculty of Education


Dr. Sean Blenkinsop is a Professor of Education at SFU. Trained as a philosopher of education at Harvard, he has published widely in the fields of outdoor, environmental, and ecological education. Recent work has focused on creating, supporting and researching two unique K-7 outdoor/environmental public schools which focus on changing the culture of education to one that seeks to build relationships with the natural world, understands local places and its inhabitants to be co-teachers, and recognizes the outdoors as a significant place of learning. None of which can be done without the imagination and a good sense of humour. His latest book Wild Pedagogies was just published by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Research Interests

Philosophy of education; imagination in teaching and learning; ecology; relational epistemologies; theories of place; existentialism; continental philosophy; educational theory and practice; experiential and outdoor education; care; gender theory; social/ecological justice; international issues; science education; drama education.

Research Highlights

  • The Imagination in Education: Extending the Boundaries in Theory and Practice
    This collection of essays from scholars in eleven countries, centres upon the theory and practice of the use of imagination in education.