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Marcia McKenzie Professor (on sabbatical until July 2021), Educational Foundations

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

1235 Education (SERI)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Theory and Implementation, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, 2004
  • Master of Education in Studies in Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, Brock University, 2000
  • Diploma, Outdoor Leadership, Capilano College, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of British Columbia, 1995

Recent Grants

Active Grants: 

  • SSHRC Partnership Grant Stage 1 ($20,000, with Stage 2 application pending for $2,500,000 SSHRC, with additional $2 million cash and in-kind), PI with 80 international partners and collaborators, 2020-2026.  Project: Monitoring and evaluation of climate change education (MECCE) partnership
  • Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($280,000), PI, 2019-2023. Project: The development and mobilization of UN policy programs: Mitigating climate change through education
  • SSHRC Partnership Grant ($1,964,966 SSHRC; with additional $1,131,380 cash and in-kind), PI with Collaborators, 2012-2020. Project: The Sustainability and Education Policy Network: Leading through Multi-Sector Learning
  • 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

Completed Grants (selected): 

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation, Leaders Opportunity Fund ($100,000 CFI; with additional $150,000 matching contribution), PI, 2012. Project: Sustainability Education Research Institute
  • 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
  • SSHRC Standard Grant, 2011-2014, PIYouth Identifications with Place and Sustainability: Implications for Environment-related EducationSSHRC Standard Grant, 2005-2008, Principal Investigator, Discursive approaches to teaching and learning about social & ecological issues: Collaborative research on the experiences of teacher educators and beginning teachers
  • SSHRC Standard Grant ($44,010), PI, 2005-2008. Project: Discursive approaches to teaching and learning about social & ecological issues: Collaborative research on the experiences of teacher educators and beginning teachers

Awards (selected)

  • Outstanding Post-secondary Educator, Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), National teaching award, May 2019.
  • Endeavour Executive Fellow, Australian Government, $12,000 for year-long professional development for mid-career scholars, hosted at Monash University, 2018-2019
  • Member, Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, 2017-2024
  • Global Award for Innovative Project in Education for Sustainable Development, in the category of ‘Higher Education and Technical Vocational Education and Training’ for SSHRC Partnership Grant project the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN) (PI, McKenzie).

Books, Chapters, Special Issues and Media Citations (selected)


  • 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.). Palgrave Studies in Education and Environment. London: Palgrave MacMillan. New book series, showcasing theoretically-rich, scholarly developments to advance global environmental issues, e.g. on ‘Post-sustainability’, ‘Dark Pedagogy’, ‘Animals in Environmental Education’, and the ‘Eco-Certified Child’ published to date


  • Rickinson, M., & McKenzie, M. (in progress). Special issue on “The policy-research relationship” Environmental Education Research.
  • Reid, A., & McKenzie, M. (2017). Virtual special issue on “Climate change education.” Environmental Education Research.
  • 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. (2019). Affect theory and mobility: Challenges and possibilities for critical policy research. In K. Gulson & C. Symes (Eds.), Education and the mobility turn (pp. 63-80) (journal special issue to book). London: Routledge.
  • McKenzie, M., Bieler, A., & McNeil, R. (2018). Education policy mobility: Reimagining sustainability in neoliberal times. In K. Van Poeck, J. Lysgaard, & A. Reid (Eds.), Environmental and sustainability education policy: International trends, priorities and challenges (pp. 80-98) (journal special issue to book). London: Routledge.
  • Aikens, K., McKenzie, M., & Vaughter, P. (2018). Environmental and sustainability education policy research. In K. Van Poeck, J. Lysgaard, & A. Reid (Eds.), Environmental and sustainability education policy: International trends, priorities, and challenges (pp. 265-291) (journal special issue to book). London: Routledge.
  • 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.


Papers in Refereed Journals

PUBLISHED (selected)

  • Cheeseman, A., Wright, T., Murray, J., & McKenzie, M. (2019). Taking stock of sustainability in higher education policy: A review of the policy literature. Environmental Education Research, 1-16.
  • Beveridge, D., McKenzie, M., Strobbe, K., & Aikens, K. (2019). A national census of sustainability in K-12 education policy: Implications for international monitoring, evaluation, and research​. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 188, 36-52.
  • Bieler, A., Haluza-DeLay, R., Dale, A., & McKenzie, M. (2018). A national overview of climate change education policy: Policy coherence between subnational climate and education policies in Canada (K-12). Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 11 (2), 63-85.
  • McKenzie, M. (2017). Affect theory and policy mobility: Challenges and possibilities for critical policy research. Critical Studies in Education, 58 (2), 187-204.
  • Henderson, J., Bieler, A., & McKenzie, M. (2017). Climate change and the Canadian higher education system: An institutional policy analysis. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 47 (1), 1-26.
  • Bieler, A., & McKenzie, M. (2017). Strategic planning for sustainability in Canadian higher education. Sustainability, 9 (161), DOI:10.3390/su9020161.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Presentations (selected)

  • McKenzie, M. (2019, July). Panel perspectives on cognitive, social and emotional, and behavioral learning in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education. UNESCO Forum on Education for Peace and Sustainability, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • McKenzie, M. (2019, June). Country progress on climate change: A comparative analysis of 366 national submissions to the UNFCCC. 7th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment, UN, Bonn, Germany.
  • McKenzie, M., Stahelin, N., & Reid, A. (2019, May). Policy networking: Examining the role of meetings in the global governance of environmental and sustainability education (ESE). Comparative and International Education Conference, San Francisco, California.
  • McKenzie, M. (2019, April). Plenary panel: ‘Environmental education’ and ‘Education for sustainability:’ Historical and critical perspectives. Comparative & International Education Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
  • McKenzie, M. (2018, April). Sustainability in K-12 and higher education in Canada. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – Canada launch, plenary panel on ‘Education and training for sustainability,’ University of Waterloo, Ontario.
  • McKenzie, M. (2018, April). The multi-scaler policy mobilities of sustainability education. American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Reid, A., & McKenzie, M. (2018 April). What matters in climate change education? American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • McKenzie, M., Hargis, K., Reid, A., Li, Y., & Monroe, M. (2018, October). Trajectories in climate change education and research. North American Educational Research Association Research Symposium, Spokane, Washington.
  • McKenzie, M. (2017, November). Mitigating climate change through education: A review of research and implications. UNESCO Pavilion, UNFCCC Committee of the Parties (COP) 23, Bonn, Germany.
  • McKenzie, M., Reid A., Benavot, A., Bengtsson, S., Buckler, C., & Heiss, J. (2017, September). Measurement, evaluation, and research of education and the sustainable development goals. World Environmental Education Congress, Vancouver, BC.
  • McKenzie, M. (2016, August). Future trends in environmental and sustainability education research: Where to from here? Keynote, Environmental and Sustainability Education Summer School, ECER-ESER Network, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
  • McKenzie, M. (2016, April). The affective mobilities of policy: The case of sustainability. Organized panel on policy mobilities (Co-chair, Kalervo Gulson). Amercian Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • McKenzie, M. (2015, September). Smoke and mirrors: A summer tale of cruel optimism in the Anthropocene. European Education Research Association Conference (ECER), Budapest, Hungary.
  • McKenzie, M. (2015, July). Strategic methodologies. Invited speaker at a symposium on Public Engagement and the Politics of Evidence (http://www.politicsofevidence.ca/), Regina, Canada.
  • McKenzie, M. (2015, April). Odds of tomorrow: The social organization of climate change responses and education. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • McKenzie, M., & Ferreira, J. (2014, November). The failure to act: Climate change apathy, everyday life, and educational research. Australian Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Hobart, TZ.
  • McKenzie, M., Hursh, D., Greenwood, D., & Henderson, J. (2014, October). Exploring the relationship between political policies, economies, and environmental education research and practice (panel presentation). North American Association for Environmental Education, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 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. (2012, February). Walking as participatory method: ‘Ways of operating’ in youth research on sustainability, in panel on “Critical place research: Theories and methods.” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New York. 
  • McKenzie, M., & Ross, H. (2011, April). Geographical imaginaries and the public good: Fossil fuel as a case for the importance of ‘space’ in environmental education. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Tuck, E., McKenzie, M., & Ford, G. (2010, April). De-metaphorizing “complex ecologies:” Justice, knowledge, and place. Chairs and organizers, invited Division B-wide invited panel, American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado.

Academic and University Service


  • Partnership Grants Mid-term Review Committee, Social Sciences and Research Council, Canada, 2017-2020


  • Associate Editor, Environmental Education Research, 2015 -


  • Research in Education, 2015 -
  • Policy Futures in Education, 2014 -
  • Other Education: The Journal of Educational Alternatives, 2012 -
  •  Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2011-
  •  Journal of Environmental Education, 2008-
  •  Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 2007-
  •  Environmental Education Research, 2007-2015
  •  Canadian Journal of Education, 2007-2012


  • Academic Advisory Committee, SDG Academy, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), 2-3 meetings per year in person in New York or at a distance
  • Chair, North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, 2019 (Conference in Fall 2019)
  • Co-Convener, EECOM National Conference, 2018 (Conference in 2019)
  • Chair, Environmental Education Special Interest Group, American Education Research Association, 2012-2013

Courses Taught


  • Education Policy and Politics
  • Foundations of Education
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Climate Change Education
  • Investigations in Culture and Environment
  • Environmental Change


  • Urban Education
  • Land-based Education
  • Pedagogies of Place
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Educational Thought and Values
  • Introduction to Education

Supervised (completed)

J. Ostrow Postdoc/RA EFDT Sustainability in Higher Ed 2018-2019
E. Lee  Postdoc/RA EFDT Env & Sustainability Ed 2018-2019
V. Pitton Postdoc/RA EFDT Education Policy 2018-2019
R. Regier         MEd EFDT Sustainability K-12 Ed 2016-2019
S. Shneider      Postdoc EFDT Sustainability Education 2016
D. Bentham
MSEM SENS Sustainability in Aboriginal Education
M. Todd
Postdoc  EFDT GIS Analysis
A. Bieler
Postdoc  EFDT Sustainability Education 2014-2016
Y. Vizina PhD SENS Aboriginal Education 2014-2018
P. Vaughter  Postdoc  EFDT Sustainability Education 2012-2014
K. Aikens   PhD SENS Sustainability Education 2013-2019
J. McRuer PhD EFDT Sustainability Education 2013-2017
R. Datta  PhD SENS Nature/culture & Territory 2010-2015
H. Lake MEd EFDT Place-based Education 2012-2018
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