Faculty of Education
Rob VanWynsberghe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) (robvanwynsberghe.ca). 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 (http://www.utppublishing.com/Adaptive-Education-An-Inquiry-Based-Institution.html) and for details of exciting new Education for Sustainability M.Ed. go here (pdce.educ.ubc.ca/esse)