Sustainability Fellowships

Sustainability Fellowships are awarded to full-time UBC faculty members who are leading the development of sustainability curriculum within their department or faculty. Fellows have a strong interest in teaching, curriculum development and innovative pedagogies, and hold either a Pathway grant to lead the development of a sustainability learning pathway within their department or faculty, or a Spotlight grant to revise an existing course with a sustainability lens. Fellows meet once a month throughout the academic year to discuss project progress with their peers and work on shared curriculum goals.

UBC has supported 31 Sustainability Fellows from 8 Faculties since the inception of the program in 2010. Past fellows developed the UBC framework for sustainability education, authored white papers on advancing sustainability curriculum at UBC, and led projects to advance sustainability research in their respective fields. If you are interested in becoming a sustainability fellow and applying for a curriculum grant, please contact the USI Teaching & Learning Office.


Meet the 2016-2017 Cohort

The 2016-2017 cohort of six Fellows include new and returning Pathway Grant holders from the Faculty of Arts (Geography Department, Sociology Department), Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Faculty of Education, and the Sauder School of Business.

Neil Guppy, Sociology

Neil Guppy is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.  At UBC he was Associate Dean (Students) from 1996 to 1999, Associate Vice-President (Academic Programs) from 1999 to 2004, and Head of Sociology from 2005 to 2013.  He is a graduate of Queen’s University (BA/BPHE) and the University of Waterloo (MSc/PhD, 1981).  He has published several books, including Education in Canada (Statistics Canada, 1998, with Scott Davies), The Schooled Society (Oxford University Press, 2014, 3rd edition; with Scott Davies), and Successful Surveys (4th edition, Thomson Nelson, 2008, with George Gray).  He has just published, with Dr. George Ritzer, a leading introductory text in sociology.

Recently his work on public opinion and immigration has appeared in the American Sociological Review and International Migration Review, and a paper on science policy was in Canadian Public Policy.  His latest work examines gender roles in science education and his most recent paper is on the “Rise and Stall of the Gender-equity Revolution in Canada.” With the University Sustainability Initiative he is working on integrating more content on the environment and sustainability into introductory sociology (Sociology 100) at UBC.   



Tamar Milne, Sauder School of Business

Tamar Milne is a full-time lecturer in the Marketing & Behavioural Science division, co-chair of the Sustainability & Ethics Group, and an instructor in the Ch’nook Initiative (indigenous business education program) at the Sauder School of Business. She teaches courses in ethics, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, business fundamentals, and marketing at the BCOM, MM, and MBA levels. In 2012/13, Tamar was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize for teaching excellence, with specific recognition of her initiative in adopting new learning technologies and her experience in pioneering and redesigning innovative courses. Tamar has two decades of management experience in sustainability, marketing, sales, and communications in a wide variety of sectors, including natural resources, tourism, transportation, and consumer products. She completed her BCom at the University of British Columbia and her MA at Royal Roads University.


Patrick Robertson, Faculty of Education

Deeply involved in sustainability education and environmental learning for close to 20 years, Patrick is a teacher educator and consultant working collaboratively with a wide range of partners in BC and Canada. An award-winning educator and accomplished public speaker, he is the principal of Syncollab Strategies, a consulting collaborative based in Vancouver, where he works to build strategic partnerships, influence curriculum and other policy, and manage diverse projects with a variety of local, provincial and national clients and partners. Patrick also teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and is a director of various community organizations focused on sustainability, social justice, literacy and the environment. His USI Pathways Initiative, with co-fellow Dr. Rob VanWynsberghe, the Faculty of Education and community partners, is exploring Sustainability Learning Pathways in Teacher Education at UBC.

David Tindall, Forestry and Sociology

David is a USI Sustainability Teaching Fellow at the University of British Columbia where he is also an Associate Professor in the departments of Forest Resources Management, and Sociology.  His research programme focuses on contention over environmental issues, including climate change, forestry, and wilderness preservation. This involves studies of the role of social networks in the environmental movement, values and attitudes about environmental issues, climate change policy networks, climate justice, and relations between Aboriginals and non-aboriginals regarding natural resource and other environmental issues. In the context of his research, David Tindall collaborates with a variety of NGOs. David Tindall teaches graduate courses on social research methods, social network analysis, and undergraduate courses on forests and society, social survey methods, and sociology and natural resources. His new co-edited book (with Ronald Trosper and Pamela Perreault) is entitled, Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada, published in 2013 by UBC Press. In addition to his academic work, David Tindall is a Presenter for the Climate Reality Project Canada. He was born in Vancouver, where he also currently resides. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Victoria.

Rob Van Wynsberghe, Faculty of Education

Rob VanWynsberghe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) ( He has a PhD in Sociology. He has an abiding research interest in human action and sustainability, especially as influenced by social movement theories, and the purported links between knowledge and change. Most recently, the social philosophies of pragmatism and practice theory are beginning to bridge what he considers to be important pedagogical gaps in designing socially conscious classrooms. Rob conducts research that defines sustainability as a global social movement and this conceptualization is the main reason why he wants to contribute to meaningful articulations between classrooms and communities. Working in EDST is a significant factor in his claiming that such collaborations will succeed if creative thoughts, disruptive situations, new norms, and non-standard rewards can coalesce individual and collective action into a better society. You can check out his 2016 book here ( and for details of exciting new Education for Sustainability M.Ed. go here (

Hannah Wittman, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Hannah Wittman is Academic Director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and Associate Professor at UBC, with a dual appointment in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES).  Trained in rural and environmental sociology, she conducts community-based research and outreach related to food sovereignty, agrarian reform, farm to school programs, and pathways towards a transition to sustainable agriculture and health equity in Canada and Latin America.  As a USI Sustainability Pathways Fellow, she is leading a team of students and faculty on an initiative to create and deliver a Sustainable Food Systems Minor available to undergraduate students across UBC, using the UBC campus as a Living Laboratory.  Her recent edited books include Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects and Struggles  Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community, and Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems.

Meet the past Sustainability Fellows

2015-2016 cohort

2014-2015 cohort

2013-2014 cohort

2012-2013 cohort

2011-2012 cohort

2010-2011 cohort