Professor Sean Blenkinsop

Sean is a professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He undertook his doctoral thesis in philosophy of education at Harvard University with a focus on existentialism, education, dialogue, and the environment.  His current research explores teacher education, school change, and the challenges of justice and the environmental crisis in a rapidly changing world.  Sean has also been, and still is, involved in creating and researching three innovative public elementary schools in British Columbia that are focused on being much more community, place, and nature-based in both pedagogy and curriculum.  Important strands in this work include ideas related to nature as co-teacher, questions of equity, teacher as activist, cultural change, and eco-social justice. Sean has published more than 100 articles and chapters. His most recent book with Palgrave McMillan was an innovative research adventure project called Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene. His next book, with Peter Lang, due in the summer of 2021 is called Ecoportraiture: The art of research when nature matters. It explores, complexifies, and offers examples of what research becomes if human researchers actively seek to engage with the more-than-human community as co-researchers.