liza ireland

With a PhD in education for sustainability, Liza’s focus is on redesigning the educational system to develop sustainability, sustainable happiness and systems thinking.  Her research focuses on worldviews, biomimicry and influential conceptual metaphors and how these affect education, communication and efforts to develop a sustainable society.

Liza has supervised Masters theses that used case study research, action research, auto-ethnography, hermeneutic phenomenology, and mixed methods to explore experiential education and sustainability in formal and non-formal education and communication. In 2012/2013 Liza developed an environmental education framework with the Alberta Council of Environmental Educators to support the development of social, cultural, global and environmental responsibility in the new Alberta K-12 curriculum, and in 1996 founded an Independent elementary school in Scotland based on place-based experiential learning, sustainability, and systemic thinking. She is presently the Executive Director of Changing Climates Consulting to support redesigning the formal educational system and is Associate Faculty teaching for Royal Roads University in the School of Environment and Sustainability.

Academic Credentials

PhD in Education for Sustainability, University of Stirling, Scotland

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and Environmental Education, University of New Brunswick

  1. Ed from University of New Brunswick
  2. Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.