Policy Options for a Radical Recovery

In March 2020 Sophia Sanniti and I started a process of compiling policy ideas for radical change from everyone within the Economics for the Anthropocene and Leadership for the Ecozoic program. After six months of collaborative brainstorming I designed the Policy Options for a Radical Recovery webpage and synthesized all the data for dissemination. This […]

Technology and Advertising: Commodified Attention

Technology quite clearly plays a significant role in considerations of sustainable transitions. Whether a person identifies as pro or anti technology for visions of the future, it is still a major social and innovative force that needs to be dealt with. Many socio-ecological researchers are doing a good job of looking at either how physical […]

Current Projects

My areas of disciplinary expertise are systems methodologies, systems ecology, ecological economics, and environmental sociology. In my PhD I was co-advised by a sociologist (Stephen Quilley) and a restoration ecologist (Stephen Murphy) who had fundamentally different ideas about reality. Working with them provided me with strong skills in weaving together ideas and navigating disciplinary complexities. […]

Children Makers

Making and kids is a natural relationship. Kids love to craft, build, and imagine. It’s pretty incredible to see the difference between children and adults in maker spaces. Children are eager and unafraid while adults are extremely reserved and less willing to actively participate (at least at first). Kids are natural born makers. As a […]


Makers are part of a “third industrial revolution” where individuals take the power of production into their own hands (Anderson 2012). Makers have many different motivations. For some Makers, a sense of connection with the products of their work have been lost through efficiency and specialization. For others, skills and joy in creation are an […]

Experiential Learning Work

During my PhD I committed a great deal of time to enhancing experiential learning in my department and faculty. Experience based learning is one of the three core principles of my teaching philosophy. The other two are integration of systems thinking and safe challenging of assumptions. A 2015 curriculum review focus group with students in […]

Liberty and the Ecological Crisis

Freedom on a Finite Planet Edited by Christopher J. Orr, Kaitlin Kish and Bruce Jennings Book Description This book examines the concept of liberty in relation to civilization’s ability to live within ecological limits. This was the product of a SSHRC connections grant I obtained to hold a symposium on the issue of liberty and […]

Research Agenda for the Next 30 Years of Ecological Economics

Alongside other established and emerging scholars in the field of Ecological Economics, I’ve been developing a research agenda for the next 30 years of EE. My motivation for getting involved with this was the retirement of Dr. Peter Victor from York University. It was an indication that the established cohort of scholars who formed the […]

A Low-Tech Future

During the COVID-19 crisis, distributist and mosaic patterning of low-tech maker nodes helped create resilience within communities. More research is required on the role that technology and maker nodes play in establishing local community and economic resilience. I have recently closed a preliminary study looking at some of these ideas (detailed below) and will start […]

Wicked tensions between modernity and low-growth economics

The pineapple story is one I have told frequently. An excerpt from my chapter in Health in the Anthropocene: Living Well on a Finite Planet summarizes where this comes from: In early 2017, alongside colleague Brett Dolter, I acted as guest editor for a special issue of Alternatives Journal (A\J) – a Canadian academic transfer […]