About Us

The Team Behind the Blog:

Dr. Anila Asghar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.  Her work focuses on the intersections between science education, environmental sustainability, and issues of social justice. Developing environmental and sustainable literacy through education in K-16 settings is an important aspect of her research and practice.  She is particularly interested in examining the pedagogical challenges, and affordances, in the context of sustainability education. If you are interested in working on similar issues, please contact Dr. Asghar at anila.asghar@mcgill.ca.

Jacky Farrell (MSc, Dip Ed) has been an environmental educator for over  10 years, both in and out of the classroom. She has been involved with a number of educational sustainability projects at McGill, including Water is Life!,Familles en nature, and SusEd@McGill. She is passionate about bringing hands-on Science education to students of all ages, and firmly believes in taking students outdoors as often as possible. (Photo: GNU Free Documentation Licence, Version 1.2+, Source: Wikipedia)

Sheena Melwani (BA & Sc.) is a research assistant with Dr. Anila Asghar. She graduated from McGill University with a BA & Sc. in Biology and Religion and has since been involved on Dr. Asghar's various projects. She also works as a Community Manager at Mindvalley - an online publishing and internet marketing company. She has a strong interested in education and curriculum development and how we can use online communities to collaborate and share ideas in all areas, including sustainability.

Ying-Syuan Huang is an educator and researcher in the field of science and sustainability education. Before pursuing an academic career, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering at National Taiwan Normal University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education and Society at McGill University. Currently, Ying-Syuan is a student in the Ph.D. program in Educational Studies (Mathematics and Science Education Concentration) at McGill University. Her doctoral research focuses on the interactions among Confucian learning traditions, modern science and sustainability education in Canada and Taiwan. 

Sahar Fazeli is a doctoral student of the faculty of Education at McGill University. She is also vice-president and co-founder of a non-profit organization for children with cancer registered in Canada, named “Espoir Pour Enfants Atteints de cancer”. Sahar’s doctoral research looks at art educational experience (music education, self-storytelling, photovoice) and the reintegration of children with cancer into the formal education system of Iran.
Ranjeet Kumar Bachonee B.Sc (Physics major), M.Sc IT (UK), PGCE, MELS Brevet d`Enseignement, is an animator, museum educator and volunteer for many educational projects at the Redpath museum at McGill University. Prior to studying at McGill as a special student, he worked at the Ministry of Education, Scientific Research & Human Resources development in Mauritius in the capacity of a Physics Educator (grade A) for Cambridge (UK) O & A-levels as well as a part-time instructor for Foundation Physics course at the University of Technology of Mauritius (UTM). He was also one of the best iOS Technical Support advisers in Montreal. His interest in integrating sustainability concepts in Science & Technology education began when he started studying as a special student at the faculty of Education at McGill. He is active in many science educational circles, enjoys proof reading, academic writing, creatively learning and playing the ``Tree of Life" Evolution WoW lab activity game with students of all ages and accompanying family members at the McGill Redpath museum on Sundays.

Our Vision:

We envision this blog as a platform for educators to share their ideas, learning and work around sustainability in education and how these ideas influence and inform in-classroom teaching, professional decisions and personal choices. 

We'd love for you to share your impressions, experiences, ideas, observations and reflections about sustainability education. Work with other educators and students to discuss and develop ways to bring concepts of sustainability into our education and curriculum. 

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) has been created to help promote and build a culture of sustainability at McGill, with the primary purpose of the fund to create opportunities for the McGill community to actively engage in sustainability initiatives on campus. Thank you to The Sustainability Projects Fund for funding this project.

See more on the SPF projects here: http://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/spf/about-spf 

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