Paul Sylvestre

HEC Lab Research Associate

Biography: Paul’s arrival at the HEC lab was the result of a serendipitous conversation with Dr. Castleden in her office one Friday morning. Prior to joining the lab, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at Trent University in 2002 whereupon he moved to the interior of British Columbia and spent five years as a project manager working in landscape genetics and conservation biology.  Eightbio photo years later Paul returned to the academy to complete a Master of Environmental Studies focusing on learning for sustainability in higher education.  He is interested in understanding why our approach to educating people diminishes their sense of agency, (re)produces dysfunctional relationships to the non-human world, and what we can do to change this. Paul’s strong interdisciplinary background is a fruitful addition to an already excellent and diverse team. 


Journal Articles

Sylvestre, P., McNeil, R., & Wright, T. (2013). From Talloires to Turin: a critical discourse analysis of declarations for sustainability in higher education. Sustainability, 5(4), 1356–1371.

Sylvestre, P., Wright, T., & Sherren, K., (2013). Exploring faculty conceptualizations of sustainability in higher education: cultural barriers to organizational change and potential resolutions. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, (in press).

Castleden, H., Daley, K., Sloan Morgan, V., & Sylvestre, P. (2013). Settlers unsettled: using field schools and digital stories to transform geographies of ignorance about Indigenous peoples in Canada. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, (ahead-of-print), 1-13.

Publications under review

Sylvestre, P., Wright, T., & Sherren, K. (2014). A tale of two (or more) sustainabilties: a Q methodology study of university professors’ perspectives on sustainable universities. (submitted and under review: Sustainability).

Sylvestre, P., Wright, T., & Sherren, K (201?). Institutional sustainability as a project for a green campus: a conceptual gap between SHE researchers and the lived experiences of university faculty. (currently undergoing revisions at the request of Environmental Education Research).

Works in progress

Sylvestre, P., & Wright, T., (201?).  Organizational change and organizational learning for promoting higher education for sustainable development. In Barth, M., Michelsen, G., Rieckmann, M., Thomas, I., (Eds.),  Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development. (invited contributors)

Conference Presentations:

Sylvestre, P. (2012). Exploring faculty conceptualization of sustainable universities through the use of Q methodology. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Los Angeles, CA.

Sylvestre, P. (2010). Rethinking eco-efficiency as a substrate for sustainable innovation. Elizabeth May Chair Conference on Environmental Research, Halifax, NS.