Academic Qualifications: 

PhD in Education, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
M. Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada
B.Ed., Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
B.A., Double Major in Environmental Studies & English, University of Victoria, Canada

Date joined Lakehead: 
September 2017
Research Interests: 

My research interests are in policy and practice of climate change education in the Canadian K-12 system. I have a strong background in survey development and implementation, educational tool development and stakeholder engagement. I am engaged with Ministries, school boards, teachers and community members and co-lead an online self-organizing professional learning community, Climate Change Education in Canada: This site is for educators and recent articles, programs, workshops focused on climate change education is shared through this network.

I teach Environmental Education (B.Ed) and Climate Change Education (M.Ed) in the Faculty of Education, and have engaged hundreds of teachers in professional development through teaching in the Faculty and professional development workshops.

- Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 
- Co-Chair of the Canada Regional Hub of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE) Project
- Community Advisor for Climate Education Reform British Columbia
- Co-founder and active contributor of professional learning community: Climate Change Education in Canada 

My SSHRC-funded postdoc, was a national review of climate change education curricula, and an investigation of climate change education practice through a comprehensive survey of Canadian teachers and engaging various stakeholders (students, parents, and members of the general public) about their perspectives on climate change education and schooling.

I completed my SSHRC-funded doctoral research at James Cook University in Australia in late 2016. My dissertation was focused on understanding how youth engage in environmental peer-to-peer learning within social media sites and was supervised by Dr. Bob Stevenson. My research portfolio is focused on 'connected learning', an educational approach designed for learning in an ever-changing world, relevant to all populations, to real life contexts (including environmental and social injustices), and the realities of the digital age.


In the News:

February 22, 2024

Orillia Campus hosts Research & Innovation...

Various events are happening throughout the week including guest speakers, interactive exhibits and...


December 20, 2023

Climate Change Education in the News

Dr. Ellen Field has recently participated in a number of interviews, panels, and roundtables.


December 14, 2023

Infusing climate change education into teacher...

Dr. Ellen Field, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, has received over $400,000 in...