Keynote Speakers

Professor Sean Blenkinsop
Bio Photo of Sean BlenkinsopSean 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.
Emeritus Professor David Jardine
Bio photo of Professor David JardineDavid Jardine is an Emeritus Professor of Education, retired from the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary in 2015, and so glad to have got out alive and fairly hale. His main work in that job was supervising student teachers and working with practicing teachers in schools. He is the author of far too many books and even more articles on matters of education and how schools might be places of ecopedagogical joy and the tough work of learning about the sometimes-lovely mess we're in instead of, too often, frightened and mind-numbing arenas of panic and exhaustion.

Professor Tonia Gray
Photo of Professor Tonia GrayProfessor Tonia Gray is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. With a Masters in Community Health and a PhD in Education, Tonia’s transdisciplinary research explores the intersection of experiential education, human-nature relationships, and health/wellbeing. Her twinned passions for teaching and research have earned Tonia several major awards such as the 2019 International Association of Experiential Education Distinguished Researcher of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Australian Award for University Teaching.