Faculty & Research Areas

Graduate Program Director

Asaf Zohar, B.A., M.E.S., Ph.D. (York)



Business Administration

John Douglas Bishop, (Emeritus),B.A. (New Brunswick), M.A. M.B.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)
Dr. Bishop has published articles on ethics and business ethics in the Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of the History of Ideas, Business and Society, and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He edited Ethics and Capitalism, University of Toronto Press, 2000. Please see his website for further details and his contact information.

Ray Dart, B.Sc. (Trent), M.E.S., Ph.D. (York)
Professor Ray Dart is presently Director of the Business Administration Program at Trent and was formerly Principal of Peter Gzowski College. His research is in the area of nexus zone of social enterprise, nonprofit sector organizations, community economic development, entrepreneurship and social innovation. A committed qualitative and case study researcher, and a keen student of ideas, he appreciates the dictum of Kurt Lewin that "there is nothing so practical as a good theory".  Please see his website for further details and his contact information.

Ayman El-Amir, B.A. (American University, Cairo), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Stirling, Scotland)

Dr. El-Amir's research is in the areas of social construction of contemporary consumption, consumer behaviour and sustainability issues in branding and retailing, interpretive traditions of inquiry in marketing research, and analysis of the ideological assumptions that underpin marketing activities.

David Newhouse, B.Sc. (Onondaga), B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western)

Dr. Newhouse's work explores the ideas that animate the development of modern aboriginal society and the manner in which traditional thought is incorporated into contemporary social action. He is the Chair of the Indigenous Studies Program at Trent University. For more details including his contact information, please visit his website.

Thomas Phillips, B.Sc. (Trent), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (New School for Social Research)

Dr. Phillips' research is in the areas of sustainability and economic models, economic growth, and community economic development.

Sheldene Simola, B.A., B.S.W. (McMaster), M.A. (Queen's), M.B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. (Queen's)
Dr. Simola’s educational and work backgrounds are in the areas of community development, clinical psychology, organizational development and change, teaching and ethics (business ethics; ethics of health and social service provision; research ethics; ethics of teaching). She is interested in both the environmental and also the social (i.e., human) aspects of sustainability in businesses, organizations and workplaces. Professor Simola has interests in spirituality and issues associated with care/compassion and desire. She has expertise in survey design, administration, interpretation and the use of multivariate statistics. She also has expertise in certain forms of qualitative research and case study research. For more information and contact details, please visit her website.

Asaf Zohar, B.A., M.E.S., Ph.D. (York)
Dr. Zohar's research in the area of organizational change and sustainability is focused on the challenges of implementing sustainability strategies and initiatives involving private sector, government, and NGO’s organizations. He has designed and directed courses in strategic analysis, organization theory, critical thinking, and change management at the BBA and MBA, and Executive Development levels, and is a respected authority in the field of sustainability curriculum development.  Please visit his website for further details including his contact information.

Computing and Information Systems

Richard T. Hurley, B.Sc. (New Brunswick), Ph.D. (Waterloo)

Dr. Hurley's research is in the areas of distributed systems, databases, and data mining algorithms.


Paul Elliott, B.Sc., Ph.D., P.G.C. E. (Wales)
Dr. Elliott is a teacher-educator with a long-standing interest in environmental education and specifically in biodiversity education. His current research includes a study of the responses of teacher candidates participating in an Eco-Mentoring program at Trent University.  He has also produced curriculum materials for use in schools and has conducted research on the nature of good practice in biodiversity education. He has published various guides to and examples of environmental games for use in primary and secondary education settings. His enthusiasm for bats and their conservation has been a source of inspiration for some of this work. He is a member of the Biodiversity Education Awareness Network, a province-wide organization that promotes biodiversity education. Please visit his website for further details including his contact information.

Environmental & Resource Science / Studies

Stephen Bocking, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Dr. Bocking is Professor of environmental policy and history, and Chair of the Environmental and Resource Science/Studies Program. He has published many articles and book chapters on various aspects of environmental policy and politics, with special reference to the political and social roles of knowledge. His books include: Ecologists and Environmental Politics: A History of Contemporary Ecology (Yale, 1997), Biodiversity in Canada: Ecology, Ideas, and Action (Broadview, 2000), and Nature's Experts: Science, Politics, and the Environment (Rutgers, 2004). Current research projects are examining Arctic environmental science, the science and politics of salmon aquaculture in Canada and Europe, the environmental history of central Ontario and of the Great Lakes, and the history, science, and politics of biodiversity conservation and land use conflicts in the Greater Toronto Area. Please visit his  website for further details and his contact information.

Stephen Hill, B.Sc., B.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Calgary), P.Eng.
Dr. Hill's research and teaching interests include climate change policy and energy technology and policy. He has published in the areas of risk management and communication, climate policy, environmental accounting, and economic policy instruments. At the University of Calgary, Stephen designed and delivered an interdisciplinary graduate course in sustainable development within the Faculties of Engineering and Environmental Design.  Please see his website for further details and his contact information.

David Holdsworth, B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Western Ontario)
Dr. Holdsworth conducts research into aspects of environmental theory, including environmental professional practice, environmental ethics, and non-standard approaches to ecology. Much of the work is influenced by contemporary political philosophy, including both French and German theory. Recent publications on interdisciplinary (such as “Becoming Interdisciplinary: Making Sense out of Delanda’s reading of Deleuze”, Paragraph, 2006) reflect this influence, as well as conference contributions (e.g. “Regulating Professional Practice in Canada: Misguided Steps away from Reflexive Modernity”, Venice, 2000). The perspective of political economy on environmental regulation, and environmental policy as science policy are themes of other recent publications (“Transformational Economics and the Public Good”, Springer, 1984; and “Science, Politics and Science Policy in Canada: Steps towards a Renewed Critical Inquiry”, Journal of Canadian Studies, 2003). Recent projects in environmental science and sustainability (reported at Deleuze Studies Conferences) include “Nomad Science and the Future of the State:  On Becoming Ecological,” (Cardiff, 2008) and  “Through Deleuze to Sustainability: Steps towards a Normative Realism” (Copenhagen, 2011). David is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture and Politics.  Please visit his website for contact information.

T. Hutchison, (Emeritus), B.Sc. (Manchester), Ph.D. (Sheffield), F.R.S.C.
Please visit his website for contact information.

Chris Metcalfe, B.Sc. (Manitoba), M.Sc. (New Brunswick), Ph.D. (McMaster)

Dr. Metcalfe's research is in the area of aquatic organic containments.

Robert Paehlke, (Emeritus), B.A. (Lehigh), M.A. (New School for Social Research), Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Dr. Paehlke is a political scientist and Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent. He is a founding editor (1971) of the Canadian journal/magazine Alternatives: Canadian Environmental Ideas & Action. He is the author of: Some Like It Cold: the Politics of Climate Change in Canada (2008); Democracy’s Dilemma: Environment, Social Equity and the Global Economy (MIT Press, 2004), a book on sustainability in a global age; and Environmentalism and the Future of Progressive Politics (Yale UP, 1991). He has edited Conservation and Environmentalism: an Encyclopedia (1995) and Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State (1990 and 2005). He has published more than a hundred articles and chapters on environmental policy, the history of environmentalism, sustainability and climate change.

Stephanie Rutherford, B.A. (University of Toronto), M.Sc. (University of Guelph), Ph.D. (York University)

Dr. Rutherford's research is in the areas of political ecology, environmental justice and animal studies.

Eric Sager, B.Sc. (Lawrence), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Trent)

Dr. Sager's research is in the areas of climate change, pollution, and forest and lake ecosystems.

M. Sharifi, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Isfahan University of Technology)

Dr. Sharifi's research is in the areas of sustainable agriculture, and nutrient management.

Tom Whillans, B.A. (Guelph), M.Sc., Ph.D., (Toronto)
Dr. Whillans conducts research on community-based natural resource management, especially related to watersheds, fisheries and wetland resources. He is particularly interested in long-term ecological restoration, meshing indigenous and scientific knowledge, and historical reconstruction. Geographic foci: Great Lakes, Kawartha Region, Andean Latin America.  Please visit his website for further information and his contact details.

Gender and Women's Studies

May Chazan, B.A. (Waterloo), BEd (OISE), M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton)


Heather Nicol, B.A. (Toronto), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Dr. Nicol's research is in the areas of Canadian and political geography with emphasis on the circumpolar north, Canada-US borders and geopolitics.

Mark Skinner, B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier University), M.A. (University of Guelph), Ph.D. (Queen's University)
Dr. Mark Skinner is a health, rural and social geographer, with expertise in rural aging, health and social care, and voluntaryism. His research examines how rural people and places are responding to the challenges and opportunities of population aging, particularly the evolving role of the voluntary sector and volunteers in creating sustainable rural communities. His current CIHR and SSHRC funded projects feature community-based research into the continuum of health care for older rural people, voluntaryism in aging rural communities and the implications of aging in Canada's resource hinterland. He teaches courses in qualitative methods, health geography, community-based research and rural community sustainability. For more information visit his website.

S. Wurtele, B.Sc. (Trent), Ph.D. (Queen's)

Dr. Wurtele's research is in the areas of feminist and historical-cultural geography in the Canadian context, processes of immigrant assimilation and acculturation, and the transformation of Canadian society by immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s.

Indigenous Studies

L. Davis, B.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Sussex), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Dr. Davis' research is in the areas of Indigenous community development, alliance-building, globalization, Indigenous education, and international studies.

Chris Furgal, B.Sc.(Western Ontario), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
Dr. Furgal's research focuses on Environmental health risk assessment, management and communication with specific expertise in Aboriginal and Arctic populations. Topics of recent research include contaminants, food security and climate change and the health of Aboriginal communities. Please see his website for further details and his contact information.

Dan Longboat, Roronhiake:wen, (Haudenosaunee), B.A. (Trent), M.E.S., Ph.D. (York)
Dr. Longboat is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, and Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program at Trent University. Longboat’s strong commitment to Indigenous communities is evident in his involvement as a Director for the Rotinonhson:ni Language Development Centre, Director of The Indigenous Nation’s Sanctioned Research Program for Graduate Studies, Consultant to The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation on First Nations Solid Waste Management and as Project Evaluator for the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment for the US Environmental Protection Agency and is on the Advisory Board for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and the Science Advisory for the International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes Watershed.  For further details and his contact information, please see his website.

David Newhouse, B.Sc. (Onondaga), B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western)
Dr. Newhouse's work explores the ideas that animate the development of modern aboriginal society and the manner in which traditional thought is incorporated into contemporary social action. He is the Chair of the Indigenous Studies Program at Trent University. For more details including his contact information, please visit his website.

P. Sherman, (Algonquin), B.A. (Eastern Connecticut State), M.A. (Connecticut), Ph.D

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Dr. Sherman's research is in the areas of Indigenous histories, Indigenous Women, Indigenous relationships within the Natural World, Colonialism and Resistance, and Indigenous Performance.

International Development Studies

H. Akram-Lodhi, B.A. (SOAS, London), M. Phil. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Manitoba)

Dr. Akram-Lodhi's research is in the areas of agrarian political economy, gender and economics, and political ecology.

P. Shaffer, B.A. (UBC), M.A. (Toronto), D. Phil. (IDS, Sussex)

Dr. Shaffer's research is in the areas of interdisciplinary poverty analysis, methodological pluralism, poverty reduction strategies, impact assessment and monitoring of development programs and policies, political economy of development, and development economics.


Kathryn Norlock, B.A. (Northern Illinois), M.A., Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison)
Please visit her website for further further information and her contact details.

Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry

Suresh Narine, B.Sc. (Trent), M.Sc.(Trent), Ph.D. (York)
Please visit here for information on him and here for his contact information.

Political Studies

N. Changfoot, B.A. (York), M.Sc. (Trent), Ph.D. (York)

Dr. Changfoot's research is in the areas of social movements, art and politics, women and politics, law and society, political economy, political and feminist theory.


G. Navara, M.A. (Laurier), Ph.D. (Guelph)

Dr. Navara's research is in the areas of family development, and cross-cultural/cultural psychology.

Elizabeth (Lisa) Nisbet, M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton University)
Dr. Nisbet's research encompasses personality, social, health, and environmental psychology, exploring individual differences in 'nature relatedness' and the links between human-nature relationships, happiness, health, and sustainable behaviour. Her work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and appears in Environment and Behavior, Canadian Psychology, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and Psychological Science.  Dr. Nisbet teaches courses on health psychology, motivation and emotion, environmental health, personality, and the psychology of environmental behaviour. Please see her website for more information and her contact details:  

Laura Summerfeldt, M.A., Ph.D. (York University)
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Alan Law, B.A.S. (Sydney), M.A., Ph.D. (Alberta)
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