Katie Kish

Ongoing Projects

Experiential Learning


The Experiential Learning Group is one of my passions. It is an initiative dedicated to experiential learning courses through the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. Students who participate in these courses directly engage with the learning process through interaction in and out of the classroom. These experiences are accompanied by thoughtful reflection helping to encourage more deeply rooted connections between students, their community and nature.

(Funded by: Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Grant)

(Re)Maker Society Research


Unleashing the capacity of community-based hacking spaces and Maker projects to engage ordinary people, unpick the psycho-cultural attractions of consumerism, change behaviour and transform local economies.

I have completed original research throughout the province of PEI and in the Ontario cities of Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph.

(Funded by: Metcalf foundation and SSHRC)

The Third Basin


The Third Basin relates to ideas in systems thinking; it alludes to the unknown (but definitely different) future that awaits humanity outside of the current “basin of attraction” (arguably best defined as the capitalist political economy). While most of my projects fall under this category it is also the best way to describe my future primary research for my PhD.

(Funded and supported by: the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Complexity)

Environment Festival


The Faculty of Environment Festival is a festival to highlight the outcomes of student work and to foster community among the faculty. With the invaluable help of my organizing committee, we successfully pulled off the first annual festival in March 2015.

(Funded and supported by: WESEF and the Faculty of Environment)

Funded Projects

Environmentalism at the Margins (2015 – 2016) – Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15 000), President’s Scholarship ($10 000), SSHRC 4A Status Waterloo Seed Funding ($8000)

Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Grant Recipient (2015 – 2016) – Center for Teaching Excellent, University of Waterloo ($5000)

ENVigorate 2015, Faculty Festival Co-Ordinator (2015) – Environment & Graduate Endowment Funds, Dean’s Funding, 3 student associations, University of Waterloo ($21 000)

(re)Maker Society Student Researcher (2014 – current) – Metcalf Foundation ($50 000)

Experiential Learning Group (2014 – current) – Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo ($1200)

Recent Past Professional Experience

COORDINATOR Graduate Student Endowment Fund – University of Waterloo (2015 – 2016)
 Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience – University of Waterloo (2015 – 2016)
TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSOCIATE Faculty of Environment – University of Waterloo (2015 – 2016)
CONFERENCE COORDINATOR ReMaker Society – University of Waterloo (2015 – 2016)
CONFERENCE WEB COORDINATOR International Society for Ecological Economics (2015 – 2016)
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBER Pathways for Change – Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (2015)
RESEARCH ASSISTANT ReMaker Society – University of Waterloo (2014 – 2015)
CHAIR AND COORDINATOR Faculty of Environment Annual Festival – University of Waterloo (2014 – 2015)