SES hires Professor Leslie King

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SES hires Professor Leslie King

Currently Leslie King is on a limited term appointment as professor and director of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education in the School of Environment and Sustainability. Previously she was vice president, academic at Vancouver Island University (VIU), and professor and founding dean of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources at the University of Manitoba. Leslie has held academic positions with Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, St. Lawrence University, the University of Vermont and the University of Northern British Columbia, where she was founding chair of Environmental Programs. Leslie holds a BA (Honours) from UBC, a MEd (Adult Education and Community Development) from the University of Toronto, an MES (Environmental Studies) from York University and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Her research has focused on Africa and the Arctic and research interests include protected areas and poverty reduction, sustainable healthy communities, arctic sustainability indicators, aboriginal resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, environmental governance, and institutional dimensions of global environmental change. Her current research projects include the International Community - University Partnership project Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction: A Canada-Africa Research and Learning Alliance funded by SSHRC and IDRC with partners in Tanzania, Ghana Canada (Vancouver Island - Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks), Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3, with Dr. Ann Dale, Principle Investigator) and Arctic Social Indicators. 

She has served on boards of many environmental, community and arts organizations including ALIANZA, ARCUS (Arctic Research Consortium of the US), Churchill Centre for Northern Studies, the Kesho Trust, ESAC (Environmental Studies Association of Canada), International Polar Year, board, executive member and ROKPA Canada as well as serving as a council member of the University of the Arctic.

Leslie is adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Dartmouth College and the University of Manitoba, Honorary Research Fellow, Vancouver Island University, and serves on the advisory board, Faculty of Environment, for Simon Fraser University.

Her permnant appointment in the school commences in the new year. We would like to extend our congratulations to Leslie as we look forward to continuing to benefit from her dedication to the school, her outstanding track record in environmental research, teaching and international partnerships and her commitment to mentoring faculty and supporting collaboration and scholarship in our school and student body.