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Areas of expertise

  • Regenerative and sustainable systems: education/(un)learning, research, practice
  • Transformative urban/local sustainability; sustainability and climate transitions; sustainable community development
  • Applied social research, incl. community engagement, consultations, and partnerships, through systems and justice lenses

Select projects and milestones

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Lead in university-wide consultations for the design and development of sustainability and climate learning opportunities for SFU students, staff, and faculty – for Goal 1 of SFU’s Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (2022-2023)

Co-facilitator of the global Pando Community of sustainability researchers and practitioners – and the Pando community on LinkedIn!

Lead researcher for the development of a framework for SFU’s Global Engagement, SFU International (2021-2023).

Course facilitator and instructor, Climate Action Student Collaborative, SFU Sustainability (2021-2022).

Researcher for the project “Measuring and managing living within Earth’s carrying capacity at the city scale”, Centre for Ecocities, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada (2020-2021).
(see also publication in About page)

Instructor, Sustainable Development Program, SFUSD381 – Building Sustainable Communities (2016-2020) (the course included local community partnerships, e.g., with CityStudio and the City of Vancouver, photo from the 2018 Hubbub event)

Applied research on the potential of Open Online Resources and interactive educational techniques to enhance sustainability learning at SFU (2015-2019).
More details here and here.

Participation in the launch of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada, May 7, 2018. I briefly spoke for SDG 11, the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Research internships with local governments on sustainability planning and assessment, incl. workshops and interviews with City Council and senior staff. District of North Vancouver & City of Maple Ridge, B.C. (2017-2018) (details here)

Co-organizer of and presenter at the 4th International Urban Research Symposium, ICLEI World Congress, Seoul, South Korea.

Development of a database of Open Educational Resources related to Sustainable Development and Sustainable Community Development: (2017-2018).

Participation in the Leverhulme International Network “Tomorrow’s City Today – An International Comparison of Eco-City Frameworks”, with SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development and Dr. Mark Roseland (2014-2015). More information, reports, and videos here

Research and write-up of a study on the Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for the South Europe regions (“REGIOCLIMA“, an INTERREG IVC project).

Reforestation projects in 6 areas around Greece. More than 110.000 trees, support and management for 3 years. In collaboration with NGOs, corporate partners, foundations, and local public authorities. Planting events with hundreds of people of all ages. See the TV commercial of the reforestation project sponsored by Coca Cola 3E and another one sponsored by the National Bank of Greece.

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