Faculty Profiles

Leesa Fawcett

Associate Professor
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
BSc Hons (Marine Biology and Oceanography) - Guelph
MES (Environmental Thought & Biological Conservation) - York
PhD (Biology Human Ecology) - York

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Animal Studies

  • Environmental Education and Philosophy

  • Ecological Feminism & Environmental Justice

  • Political Ecology

  • Biological Conservation (Marine Environments)

  • Indigenous Justice and Alleyship

  • Agriculture, Food Justice and Sustainability

Major research projects

I am currently researching whale and bat consciousness, tool use and echolocation abilities with a wonderful team of FES graduate students. The purpose of this project is to undertake a narrative exploration of animal consciousness and culture, and to consider the implications for re-situating animals in environmental and cultural studies.

I am also involved in a research project on urban bird life in Toronto led by Bridget Stutchbury the Canada Research Chair in Ornithology, with graduate students from FES and Biology, and Toronto bird banders. We are looking at bird diversity, habitat and migration issues and translating the findings into public environmental education programs.

Selected Publications

Chapters in Books

2016 (with S. Cheuy and K. Hutchinson) “Citizen-led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being.” In R. Philips and C. Wong (Eds.), Handbook of Community Well-Being. New York: ISQOLS/Springer Handbook Series (in press).

2016 “Rats! Being Social Requires Empathy”  In J. Castricano and L. Corman, (Eds). Animal Subjects Vol. II: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (in press).

2014“Kinship Imaginaries: Children’s Stories and Inter-Species Ethics.” In G. Marvin and S. McHugh, (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies. 259- 274. London: Routledge.

2013 (with Janis L. Dickinson) “Psychological Resilience, Uncertainty, and Biological Conservation: Junctures between Emotional Knowledges, Nature Experiences, and Environmental Education.” In: ME Krasny and J Dillon, eds. Trading Zones in Environmental Education: Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue.   Peter-Lang.

2012 “Three Degrees of Separation: Accounting for Naturecultures in Environmental Education Research Issues.” In M. Brodey, J. Dillon, R. Stevenson & A. Wals (eds.) International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education. Washington, DC: AERA/Routledge.

2012 (with C. Russell) "Moving Margins in Environmental Education Research.” In M. Brodey, J. Dillon, R. Stevenson & A. Wals (eds.) International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education. Washington, DC: AERA/Routledge.

2011 (with Steve Alsop) "Anchoring the Mary Celeste: Science, Education and Situated Environmental Knowledges." In D. Stanley & K. Young (Eds.) Contemporary Studies in Canadian Curricula: Principles, Portraits and Practices. pp. 399-414. Calgary, Alberta: Detselig.

2010 (with T. Warkentin) “Whale and Human Agency in World-Making: Decolonizing Whale-Human Encounters.” In R. Acampora (ed.), Metamorphoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounters after Noah. pp. 103-121. Plymouth, U.K.: Lexington Books (a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

2010 (with M. McKenzie, C. Russell & N. Timmerman). Popular media, intersubjective learning and cultural production. In R. Stevenson & J. Dillon (Eds.), Environmental Education: Learning, culture and agency (pp.147-164). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2009 “Feral Sociality and (Un)Natural Histories: On Nomadic Ethics and Embodied Learning.” In M. McKenzie, P. Hart, H. Bai & B. Jickling (eds), Fields of Green: Re-Storying Culture, Environment and Education. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ. pp.227-237.

2005 “Bioregional Teaching: How to Climb, Eat, Fall and Learn from Porcupines.” In P. Tripp & L. Muzzin (eds.), Teaching as Activism: Equity Meets Environmentalism. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. pp. 269-280.

Articles in Refereed Journals

2014 (with C. Russell, C., & J. Oakley) “Removing Margins in Environmental Education,” Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 18: 5-9.

2012 The Case of the Mimic Octupus: Agency and World Making. Antennae: Animal Influence, 21 (Summer), pp. 58-66.

2011 (with M. Wilson, M. Hickey, J. Craine, A. Oberhauser, E. Roe, T. Warkentin. "Cyborg Spaces and Monstrous Places: Critical Geographic Engagements with Harawayian Theory." Aether: Vol. III. A. 42-67, September 2011.

2010 (with J. Oakley, G. Watson, C. Russell, A. Cutter-Mckenzie, G. Kuhl, J. Russell, M. vander Waal & T. Warkentin). “Animal Encounters in Environmental Education Research: Responding to the “Question of the Animal.” Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol 15, 86-102.

2010 (with S. Alsop) “And After This Nothing Happened: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Science Education.” Cultural Studies in Science Education. 5: 1027-1045.

2006 R (with C. Russell) “Remembered: John Livingston.” Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 11, 236-240.

2005 Conversations “Our Strength is Also Our Weakness: A Cautionary Tale About Constructivism” Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 10. 12-18.