Upcoming Dewey Fellows

Lisa Papania, PhD

Dewey Fellow (September 2018 - August 2019)

Lisa Papania teaches design, innovation and business marketing - with a focus on sustainability and creating a circular, community-focused entrepreneurial economy - at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. She has a PhD from SFU in Canada, and an MBA from Wits Business School in South Africa. Her research interests include: how individuals create ideas; how individuals communicate their ideas to others; how to create, lead and successfully work in innovative teams. Our uncertain world requires leaders that will shape the future positively. Lisa's research and teaching focus increasingly on the environments and circumstances that enable and encourage individuals to identify their own paths to intentionally creating and contributing to meaningful change.


She has extensive experience at major multi-national corporations developing products and leading product development teams in environments facing numerous social and sustainability challenges. As a case writer, she has written many teaching cases that require students to unpack, understand and grapple with complex problems in which the interests of business and society are intertwined. Her teaching focuses on engaging students in developing innovative solutions in consideration of local and broader social and environmental issues. Lisa has published articles, case studies and book chapters on innovation and sustainability. Based on her research and teaching, in 2015 Lisa created an action research project, Lupii Cafe, to enact, support and study positive community-focused sustainability interventions.