Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Dean, Faculty of Environment

fenvdean@sfu.ca

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is a Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management, and Dean of the Faculty of Environment. While holding a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, her career has been strongly interdisciplinary, exploring how different ethical assumptions, value systems and paradigms affect public policy, planning and environmental decision making.

A previous research project explored values and attitudes of hikers and bikers along the 600+ km-long Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. The study also examined children’s perceptions of nature in the city, confirming the importance of experiential education as a condition of more informed and discerning environmental awareness.

Currently, a SSHRC-funded research project, entitled “Interpreting Interdisciplinarity: The Case of Environmental Studies”, addresses shifting paradigms in environmental education at Canadian universities. Drawing from interviews, surveys and archival research, the aim is to identify changes in environmental programming from the 1970s to present day, in order to recommend best practices for environmental education at Canadian universities in future. A second SSHRC-funded project investigates “Water Ethics and Public Policy” and will result in an edited book collection on that topic to be published by the University of Toronto Press. Recent books include Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development and a co-edited volume entitled The Natural City: Re- Envisioning the Built Environment. A monograph entitled Shaping the Natural City is in preparation.