The PEASE experimental team consists of professors, graduate students, university staff, community builders, as well as elementary and secondary teachers and students, all working together. We have a common goal: to explore and critically examine the ways in which policies about sustainability are implemented by institutions, enacted by various individuals, and experienced by the diversity of living beings–humans, animals, plants, and even landscapes–in our communities.

PEASE is a joint project between York University and Lakehead University. A few university professors are providing leadership on this project. Click on their names below to link to their various bio pages, or look for their work on the “Laboratory Field Sites” pages.

York University Faculty:

Dr. Steve Alsop: Steve Alsop is a Professor and Director of the Graduate diploma in Environmental Sustainability in the Faculty of Education. He teaches courses and supervises graduate students in the fields of education, science and technology studies, environmental sustainability and interdisciplinary studies. Steve has held a series of administrative appointments including Associate Dean (Research and Professional Development – York University); Teaching Studies Area coordinator (Science – Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, UK), and Head of Physics (Haverstock School, London, UK); and a series of honorary positions at the Froebel Institute, Roehampton University, London and the Universidad Baja California, Mexico.

Professor Alsop’s research explores the personal, social, political and pedagogical organisation of scientific knowledge and technologies in educational settings and contexts. His teaching, research and writing are informed by a commitment and belief in the importance and hopes of education building a more wondrous, humane, equitable and just world. He is a member of the executive of IRIS (the Institute for Research and Innovation within Sustainability, York University).


Dr. L. A. Sandberg: L. Anders Sandberg studies the political economy, political ecology, and environmental history of natural resources and environmental management. His recent work addresses urban forests, trees and greenspace, post-industrial landscapes and the environmental history of the Toronto region. 


Dr. T. Leduc: Before graduating with a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University, Dr. Timothy Leduc completed a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and worked for a number of years in northern indigenous communities. His doctoral research built upon these experiences by bringing Inuit ecological and cultural views of today’s northern warming into intercultural dialogue with Western interdisciplinary climate research like those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Excerpts of the research represented in this book have been published in the journals Climatic Change; Worldviews; Ethics and the Environment; and Ecological Economics.In much the same spirit as these dialogues with Inuit, his present research is concerned with building global networks that will add intercultural views on regional changes to climate research in a more comprehensive manner.

He is currently under temporary contract as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Education at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.


Dr. P. Vaughter: Philip Vaughter is a Postdoctoral Fellow working between Lakehead and York University. He studies sustainability policies with a particular focus on climate change, energy, and biodiversity. His current research examines synergies between institutional and municipal environmental policy in Canada and the tensions between alternative energy development and biodiversity policy in the Pacific. 

York University Students:


C.M. Bentley, Ph.D. Candidate: A native of Brandon, Manitoba and alumnus of Brandon University, Christopher Bentley is a 1st-year PhD student in York’s Faculty of Education and recent graduate of its MEd program. His research interests include theories of socio-ecological learning, student activism, and higher education policy. Christopher has worked as an educator in a number of capacities since he was 19 but has recently become passionate about designing informal pedagogical spaces for community activism and praxis. He is the manager of York University Market (YUM) and chair of the President’s Sustainability Council Student Sub-Committee. 

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Jess Pelow, MES Candidate: Jess Pelow is a 2nd-year Master in Environmental Studies student, who joined the PEASE team in September 2014 as a Graduate Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies (Carleton University), along with a Bachelor of Education (University of Ottawa), and has taught nature-based programming to children at the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (Kingston, Ontario) for the past nine summers. Here at York, Jess researches education for connecting children with the natural world, in the context of Ontario elementary schooling.

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