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Marcia McKenzie Professor

Director, Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) and Project Director, Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN)

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Curriculum Vitae

Full Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Theory and Implementation, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
  • Master of Education in Studies in Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, Brock University
  • Outdoor Leadership, Capilano College
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

  • Place, environment, and sustainability
  • Social justice, globalization, critical issues
  • Educational policy and practice
  • Youth culture and activism
  • Social and cultural theory
  • Participatory forms of education and research
  • Digital media and education
  • Methodologies and politics of research

Recent Grants

  • President’s SSHRC Grant, University of Saskatchewan ($7,000), June 2016
  • John Ranton McIntosh Research Award, University of Saskatchewan ($5,000), June 2016
  • John Ranton McIntosh Visiting Scholar Grant, University of Saskatchewan ($2,000), May 2016
  • Visiting Lecturer Award, University of Saskatchewan ($1,500), May 2016
  • International Thematic Network, University of Ghent, $210,000, Collaborator, November 2015, Project: Sustainability education – Teaching and learning in the face of wicked socio-ecological problems
  • SSHRC Connection Grant ($25,000; with additional $37,000 matching contribution), PI, October 2015, Project: Connecting Education and the Environment: Mobilizing Sustainability in Education Research, Policy, and Practice
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Leaders Opportunity Fund, 2012
  • SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2011-2018, Principal Investigator
  • SSHRC Standard Grant, 2011-2014, Principal Investigator
  • Research Acceleration Grant, University of Saskatchewan, 2009, 2011
  • Tri-council Bridge Funding, University of Saskatchewan, 2010, 2011
  • USTEP Grant, University of Saskatchewan, 2011
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Grant, University of Saskatchewan, 2010
  • Global Partners II, IDRC, 2010
  • John Ranton MacIntosh Research Grant, University of Saskatchewan, 2009, 2010
  • SSHRC Standard Grant, 2005-2008, Principal Investigator
  • President's SSHRC Fund, University of Saskatchewan. 2007, 2008, 2009
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2004-2007. Theory and Policy Studies in Education, OISE/University of Toronto and Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia


  • Supervisor  to Winner of the Social Sciences Graduate Thesis Award, Vince Anderson, 2012
  • Supervisor to Winner of the Social Sciences Graduate Thesis Award, David Peacock, 2010
  • Nomination, Outstanding New Teacher, University of Saskatchewan, 2011, 2010
  • United Nations Universities Award for Excellence in Education for Sustainable Development, for the program University of Saskatchewan Social and Ecological Justice Teacher Education Cohort, 2008



  • McKenzie, M., & Bieler, A. (2016). Critical education and sociomaterial practice: Narration, place, and the social. New York: Peter Lang.
  • McCoy, K., Tuck, E., & McKenzie, M. (Eds.). (2016). Land education: Rethinking pedagogies of place from Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • Tuck, E., & McKenzie, M. (2015). Place in research: Theories, methodologies, methods. New York: Routledge.
  • McKenzie, M., Hart, P., Bai, H., & Jickling, B. (Eds.). (2009). Fields of green: Restorying culture, environment, and education. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.


  • Reid, A., & McKenzie, M. (Eds.). Studies in Education and Environment (new book series, contract signed in 2015 for 1-2 books/year). London: Palgrave MacMillan.


  • McKenzie, M. (2015). Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy. Section editor. Dordrecht: Springer.


  • McCoy, K., Tuck, E., & McKenzie, M. (2014). Special Issue on “Land education: Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing perspectives on place and environmental education research.” Volume 18, Environmental Education Research.
  • McKenzie, M., & Greenwood, D. (2009). Special Issue on “Context, experience, and the socioecological: Inquiries into practice.” Volume 14, Canadian Journal of Environmental Education.


  • McKenzie, M., Koushik, J.R., Haluza-Delay, R., Chin, B., & Corwin, J. (2016). Environmental justice. In: Russ, A. and Krasny, M. (Eds.), Urban environmental education review. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.
  • McKenzie, M. (2016). Foreword. In K. Malone, T. Gray, T., & S. Truong (Eds.), Reimagining sustainability in precarious times. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • McKenzie, M. (2014). Time, space, and the social: The giving and taking of accounts in the representation of youth. In A. Reid, P. Hart, C. Russell, & M. Peters (Eds.). Companion to Research in Education (pp. 301-309). Dusseldorf: Springer.
  • McKenzie, M., Butcher, K., Fruson, D., Knorr, M., Stone, J., Allan, S., Hill, T., Murphy, J., McLean, S., Anderson, V., & Kayira, J. (2013). Suited: Participatory research and relational learning (pp. 487-497). In M. Brody, J. Dillon, R. B. Stevenson & A. E. J. Wals (Eds), International handbook for research on environmental education. American Educational Research Association/Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • McKenzie, M., Russell, C., Fawcett, L., & Timmerman, N. (2010). Popular media, intersubjective learning, and cultural production. In R. Stevenson & J. Dillon (Eds.), Environmental education: Learning, culture, and agency (pp. 147-166). Rotterdam: Sense Publications.
  • McKenzie, M. (2009). Pedagogical transgression: Toward intersubjective agency and action. In M. McKenzie, P. Hart, H. Bai, & B. Jickling (Eds.), Fields of green: Restorying culture, environment, and education (pp. 211-224). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • McKenzie, M. (2008). Research travels. In B. Kozuh, R. Kahn, & A. Kozlowska (Eds.), The practical science of society (pp. 223-236). Grand Forks, ND: University of North Dakota Press.
  • McKenzie, M., & Timmerman, N. (2008). The relationality of web-based hypermedia research: A working example in teacher education. In S. Springgay, R. Irwin, C. Leggo, & P. Gouzouasis (Eds.), Being with Art/o/graphy (pp. 124-140). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • McKenzie, M. (2007). Social learning and resistance: Towards contingent agency. In A. Wals (Ed.), Social learning toward a more sustainable world: Principles, perspectives, and praxis, (pp. 331-349). Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.


  • McKenzie, M. (2012). S. D. Fassbinder, A. J. Nocella II, & R. Kahn (Eds), Greening the academy: Ecopedagogy through the liberal arts. Rotterdam: Sense.

Papers in Journals



  • Henderson, J., McKenzie, M., & Beiler, A. (in press). Climate change and the sustainable campus: An analysis of Canadian post-secondary institutional policies. Canadian Journal of Higher Education.
  • McKenzie, M. (in review). The affective mobilities of policy: Precarity and aspiration in addressing climate change in education. Critical Studies in Education, special issue on mobility (invited paper).
  • Bieler, A., & McKenzie, M. (in review). Strategic planning for sustainability in Canadian higher education. Sustainability.
  • Bentham, D., Wilson, A., McKenzie, M., & Bradford, L. (in review). Federal underfunding of First Nations education: Translating policy into practice and analyzing implications for sustainability education. Canadian Journal of Education Administration and Policy.
  • Vaughter, P., Aikens, K., & McKenzie, M. (in review). Global trends in environmental education policy: A geographic review of the research literature. Journal of Environmental Education.
  • Beveridge, D., McKenzie, M., Strobbe, K., & Aikens, K. (in review). Sustainability in Canadian K-12 Education: Comparing policy initiatives across ministries of education and school divisions. Environmental Education Research.
  • Aikens, K., McKenzie, M., & Vaughter, P. (2016). Environmental and sustainability education policy research: A systematic review of methodological and thematic trends. Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1135418
  • Vaughter, P., McKenzie, M., Lidstone, L., & Wright, T. (2016). Campus sustainability governance in Canada: A content analysis of post-secondary institutions’ sustainability policies. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17 (1), 16-39.
  • Beveridge, D., McKenzie, M., Vaughter, P., & Wright, T. (2015). Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary institutions: The interrelationships among sustainability initiatives and geographic and institutional characteristics. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 6I (5), 611-638.
  • Tuck, E., & McKenzie, M. (2015). Relational validity and the ‘where’ of inquiry: Place and land in qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry, 1-6. DOI: 10.1177/1077800414563809qix.sagepub.com
  • McKenzie, M., Bieler, A., & McNeil, R. (2015). Education policy mobility: Reimagining sustainability in neoliberal times. Environmental Education Research, 23 (3), 319-337.
  • Anderson, V., McKenzie, M., Allen, S., Hill, T., McLean, S., Kayira, J., Knorr, M., Stone, J., Murphy, J., & Butcher, K. (2015). Participatory action research as pedagogy: Investigating social and ecological justice learning within a teacher education program. Teaching Education. DOI: 10.1080/10476210.2014.996740
  • Tuck, E., McKenzie, M., & McKoy, K. (2014). Land-based education: Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing perspectives on place and environmental education research. Environmental Education Research, 20 (1), 1-23.
  • Vaughter, P., Wright, T., McKenzie, M., & Lidstone, L. (2013). Greening the ivory tower: A review of research on sustainability in post-secondary education. Sustainability, 5, 2252- 2271.
  • McKenzie, M. (2012). Education for y’all: Global neoliberalism and the case for a politics of scale in sustainability education policy. Policy Futures in Education, 10 (2), 165-177.
  • Greenwood, D. A., & McKenzie, M. (2009). Context, experience, and the socioecological: Inquiries into practice. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 14, 5-14.
  • McKenzie, M. (2009, April). Scholarship as intervention: Critique, collaboration, and the research imagination. Environmental Education Research, 15(2), 217-226.
  • McKenzie, M. (2008, June). The places of pedagogy: Or, what we can do with culture through intersubjective experiences. Environmental Education Research, 14 (3), 361-373. Invited response article.
  • McKenzie, M. (2006). Three portraits of resistance: The (un)making of Canadian students. Canadian Journal of Education, 29(1), 199-222
  • McKenzie, M., & Blenkinsop, S. (2006). An ethic of care and educational practice. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 6(2), 91-106.
  • McKenzie, M. (2005, September). The “post-post period” and environmental education research. Environmental Education Research, 11(4), 401-412. Special issue focus article.
  • McKenzie, M. (2005, September). Second thoughts on post-critical inquiry. Environmental Education Research, 11(4), 455-462. Invited response article.
  • McKenzie, M. (2004). The “willful contradiction” of poststructural socio-ecological education. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 9, 177-190.
  • McKenzie, M. (2004). Seeing the spectrum: North American approaches to emotional, social, and moral education. The Educational Forum, 69(1), 79-90.
  • McKenzie, M. (2003). Beyond “the Outward Bound process:” Rethinking student learning. Journal of Experiential Education, 26(1), 8-23.
  • McKenzie, M. (2000). How are adventure education program outcomes achieved?: A review of the literature. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 5(1), 19-27.


  • McKenzie, M. (2002). Research on the Outward Bound process: Implications for practice. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 14(2), 4-8.


  • McKenzie, M. (2010). Distinguishing the means and ends of critical education: Theorizing experience as productive iterative practice. In the proceedings for the International Theorizing Education Conference, June 2010, Sterling, Scotland.
  • McKenzie, M. (2010). Politics of inhabitation: The interscaler contexts of socio-ecological learning. In the proceedings for the International Theorizing Education Conference, June 2010, Sterling, Scotland.
  • McKenzie, M., Kayira, J., & Wals, A. (2009). ESD for all? The paradox of global prescriptions for local development/participation. In the proceedings for the World Environmental Education Congress, May, 2009, Montreal, Quebec.

Select Recent Presentations

McKenzie, M. 2013, April. The political economy of social norms: Class, mobility, agency, and achievement under neoliberalism. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

McKenzie, M. 2013, March. Law, the environment, Treaty rights, and Idle No More. College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

McKenzie, M. 2012, April. A politics of scale in research: The ‘Youth Making Place’ project and sustainability education policy. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.

McKenzie, M. 2012, February. Walking as participatory method: ‘Ways of operating’ in youth research on sustainability. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New York.

McKenzie, M. 2011, June. What we can do with culture: Socio-ecological experience towards cultural change. Invited Keynote, Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan.

McKenzie, M. 2011, May. Politics, policy, and practices of ESD. Invited Keynote, Graduate Program in Education for Sustainable Development Conference. Uppsala, Sweden.

McKenzie, M. 2011, April. When oil meets water: Anticipating our environmental future through time and space. American Education Research Association Invited Plenary Panel, New Orleans, Louisiana.

McKenzie, M. 2010, June. Politics of inhabitation: The interscaler contexts of socio-ecological learning. Theorizing Education Conference, The Stirling Institute of Education, Stirling, Scotland.

McKenzie, M., Kayira, J., & Wals, A (2009, May. ESD for all?: The paradox of global prescriptions for local development/participation. World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, Quebec.

McKenzie, M. 2009, March. Culture as practice and the research imagination, in panel on Participation, Social Justice, and Theory. American Association of Geographers Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

McKenzie, M. 2008, October. Environmental Education research: To what end? Invited Opening Panelist, North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Wichita, Kansas.

McKenzie, M. 2008, June. Intersubjectivity, pedagogy, and the socio-ecological. Subjectivity: International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies and Social Theory. Cardiff University, UK.

Academic and University Service

Editorial Board Member: Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Canadian Journal of Education, Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Environmental Education Research, Other Education

Co-founder and Board member of the Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative, 2010-2013

Task Force, Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus, University of Saskatchewan, 2013

Chair,  Environmental Education SIG, American Education Research Association, 2012-2013

Program Chair, Environmental Education SIG, American Education Research Association, 2011-2012

Conference Strand Leader, Socio-ecological Justice and Community Engagement, North American Association for Environmental Education, 2010

Co-chair of Division B Section 4, Ecological and Community Justice, American Education Research Association, 2010

Chair, Outreach and Engagement Committee, School of Environment & Sustainability, 2010-

Member, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Environment & Sustainability, 2010-

Pedagogies of Place Course Development Team Member, College of Education, 2010-2011

Member, Core Course Design Team, College of Education, 2009-2010

Member, Teacher Education Program Renewal Course Development Committee, College of Education, 2008-2009

Current Courses

  • EDUC 315.3: Pedagogies of Place
  • EFDT 478.3 – Urban Education
  • EFDT 479.3 – Land-based Education
  • EFDT 335.3 – First Nations and Cross Cultural Education
  • EDFT 435.3 - Educational Thought and Values: Critical Perspectives
  • EFDT 870.3 – Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Foundations of Education
  • EDFT 885.3 - Culture and Environment
  • ENVS 802.3 – Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
  • EDRES 800.3 - Research Methods
  • ENVS 898.3 - Qualitative Research Methodologies and Methods


D. Bentham
MSEM SENS Sustainability in Aboriginal Education
M. Todd
Postdoc  EFDT GIS Analysis
A. Bieler
Postdoc  EFDT Sustainability Education 2014-2016
P. Vaughter  Postdoc  EFDT Sustainability Education 2012-2014
K. Aikens   PhD SENS Sustainability Education 2013-
J. McRuer PhD EFDT Sustainability Education 2013-
R. Datta  PhD SENS Nature/culture & Territory 2010-2015
J. Custerra MES SENS Youth & Digital Media 2013-
H. Lake MEd EFDT Place-based Education 2012-
K.McIver MEd EFDT Environmental Education 2010-2014
J. Kayira PhD SENS Indigenous Eco Education 2009-2013
M.Sysing MEd EFDT Ecojustice as Curriculum 2009-2012
D.Kasun MEd EFDT Ecojustice as Curriculum 2009-2012
S.Dyck  MES SENS Green Families 2009-2012
V.Anderson MEd EFDT Post-secondary Activism 2007-2011
J.Sawyer  MEd EFDT Indigenous Science 2007-2011
S. Turkeli  MSEM SENS Schoolyard Gardening 2010-2011
C. Gupta MSEM SENS Classroom Gardening 2010-2011
D.Peacock MEd EFDT Transformative Learning 2007-2009
Y.Hansen MEd EFDT Food Knowledge 2007-2009
B.Harasynchuk MEd EFDT Eco Education 2007-2009