Leduc, Timothy B.
MSW - Toronto
PhD (Environmental Studies) - York
"Climate research and politics can either spiritually broaden the intercultural and interdisciplinary voices involved in our future meetings so as to attend Gaia’s global and regional indeterminism, or continue with an overly rational approach that will make the coming apocalyptic change increasingly not of our choosing."
- Climate, Culture, Change 2010
Areas of Academic Interest
- Intercultural views on northern climate change
- Ecological worldviews, religion and eco-humanities
- Colonial and indigenous knowledges in Canada
- Environmental education
- Interdisciplinarity in Canadian Environmental Studies
My current research is concerned with questions of interdisciplinarity in Canadian environmental studies and thought. This interest arose out of critiques from my book Climate, Culture, Change that argued interdisciplinary climate research is being limited by disciplinary specialists, and that the physical sciences, social science and humanities need to be better intertwined. Building upon such critiques, I am now examining trends in Canada’s academic approaches to interdisciplinary environmental education and thought. Over the past two years I have electronically surveyed environmental studies programs at various Canadian universities, and an article on the dominant approaches to interdisciplinarity is being published with the journal Environments in the fall of 2010. I am now working on two articles which consider these issues in the historic evolution of programs and thought at Trent University and the University of Toronto, and will be ending the project with an analysis of York’s FES program. This research includes reviews of historic documents (e.g. reports, proposals, visions, reviews), course syllabi and consultations with scholars. My dominant concern is in defining the nature of interdisciplinarity and the place of the eco-humanities in environmental studies.
With FES being the first program of its kind in Canada and one of the first worldwide, it is an ideal place for myself and students to ask critical questions about what an interdisciplinary response to today’s environmental crisis entails. It is one of the broadest interdisciplinary programs in the country, and thus offers students an abundance of faculty interests and courses that can allow them to focus on particular concerns while having a breadth of understanding. Based on my background, I will help students negotiate these opportunities on an individual basis and in courses like Foundations in Environment and Culture and Environmental Education.
Major research projects
- SSHRC Post-Doctoral Project "From Sustainable Campuses to Sustainable Interdisciplinary Education in Canada’s Universities" (still in progress)
- A Natural and Intercultural History of Environmental Thought in Southern Ontario
- Environmental Studies Association of Canada
- American Academy of Religion
- Association of American Geographers
Select prizes and awards
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto, 2009-2010
- SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, 2010
- President’s Dissertation Scholarship, York University, 2006-2007
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2004-2006
Leduc, T. 2011. Contemplating Climategate: A Religious View on the Future of Climate Research. In S. Bergmann and D. Gerten (eds.), Religion in Global Environmental and Climate Change. Continuum: London/New York.
Leduc, T. 2010. Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
Leduc, T. 2010. The Fallacy of Environmental Studies? Critiques of Canadian interdisciplinary programs. Environments: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Volume 37(2).
Leduc. T. 2010. Climate Research, Interdisciplinarity and the Spirit of Multi-Scalar Thought. In Religion in Dangerous Environmental and Climate Change, S. Bergmann and D. Gerten (eds). LIT-Publishing, Münster-Hamburg-Berlin.
Rogers, R. A. and T. Leduc. 2009. Including the Rogue Primate: The Perils and Promise of Integrating Natural and Social Systems in Conservation. Environments: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 36(2), 19-38.
Leduc, T. 2009. Review Essay: Anne Primavesi – Gaia and Climate Change: A Theology of Gift Events. Climatic Change, 95, 289-295.
Leduc. T. 2007. Sila Dialogues on Climate Change: Inuit Wisdom for a Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinarity. Climatic Change, 85, 237-250.
Leduc, T. 2007. 2007. A Climatic Research Etiquette. Ethics and the Environment, 12(2), 45-70.
Leduc, T. 2007. Fuelling America’s Climatic Apocalypse. Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, 11, 255-283.
Leduc. T. 2006. Inuit Economic Adaptations for a Changing Global Climate. Ecological Economics, 60 (1), 27-35.
Leduc, T. and T. Warkentin. 2006. Creative Disruptions in the Subway of Critical Environmental Pedagogy. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 11, 166-178.
Rogers, R. A., P. Timmerman, T. Leduc and M. Dickinson. 2004. The Why of the “Hau”: Scarcity, Gifts, and Environmentalism. Ecological Economics, 51, 177-189.