University of Calgary

Gregory Lowan-Trudeau

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Gregory Lowan-Trudeau, PhD is originally from Moh-kíns-tsis (Calgary) in the Treaty 7 region of Métis, Norwegian, and Swiss descent with family roots across the prairies and eastern woodlands. Early childhood experiences on the land, encouraging role models, and exposure to cultural teachings inspired his interest in Indigenous science and environmental education. Previously a SSHRC and Killam doctoral scholar, Dr. Lowan-Trudeau worked and studied with a variety of formal, community, and land-based educational organizations across Canada and internationally prior to joining the Werklund School of Education. He has also served as Contract Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University as well as Assistant and subsequently Adjunct Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Lowan-Trudeau’s research and teaching interests include Indigenous environmental health, education, justice, and activism; renewable energy development in Indigenous communities; Japanese ecological knowledge and philosophy; métissage; and interpretive and Indigenous research methodologies.

Current Projects:

   Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant

   Funding:  CIHR Team Grant, Werklund PACE Grant,

   Funding: U of C VPR Starter Grant, U of C SSHRC Enhancement Grant



PhD Educational Contexts, University of Calgary
Focus: Intercultural Indigenous Environmental Education

MEd (Thesis) Educational Studies, Lakehead University
Focus: Land Based Indigenous Education 

BEd (1st Class) Environmental Science Education (OE3), Lakehead University
Minor: Health and Physical Education

BKin Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Lowan-Trudeau offers his support formally and informally to a number of academic, professional, and community organizations. He regularly acts as a reviewer with a wide range of academic and professional journals, organizes and participates in conferences and community events, and partners with local educators and organizations in research and educational initiatives.

  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Environmental Education
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Environmental Education
  • Member, International Advisory Panel, World Environmental Education Congress
  • Member, Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication
  • Member, North American Environmental Education Association

Selected Publications

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2018). From reticence to resistance: Understanding educators’ engagement with Indigenous environmental issues in Canada. Environmental Education Research. [Online First]

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2017). Indigenous environmental education: The case of renewable energy projects. Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association. 0(0), 1-13. [Online First]

Lowan-Trudeau, G. & Niblett, B. (Eds.) (2017). Special Issue: Activism and environmental education. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 22.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2017). A rose by any other name: Repressive tolerance, burnout, and hope in the New West. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 21, 51-71.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2017). Gateway to understanding: Indigenous ecological activism and education in urban, rural, and remote contexts. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 12(1), 119-128. DOI: 10.1007/s11422-016-9746-4

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2017). Protest as pedagogy: Exploring teaching and learning in Indigenous environmental movements. Journal of Environmental Education, 48(2), 96-108.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2015). From bricolage to métissage: (Re)thinking intercultural approaches to Indigenous environmental education and research. New York: Peter Lang.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2015). Teaching the tension: Indigenous land rights, activism, and education in Canada. Education Canada, 55(1), 44-47.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2014). Considering ecological métissage: To blend or not to blend? Journal of Experiential Education, 37(4), 351-366 [originally published online first Dec. 18, 2013].

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2013). Indigenous environmental education research in North America: A brief review. In R. Stevenson, M. Brody, J. Dillon & A.E.J. Wals (Eds.), International Handbook of Environmental Education Research (pp. 404-408). New York: Routledge & The American Educational Research Association.

Lowan, G. (2012). Expanding the conversation: Further explorations into Indigenous environmental science education theory, research, and practice. Cultural Studies in Science Education, 7, 71-81.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2012). Methodological métissage: An interpretive Indigenous approach to environmental education research. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 17, 113-130.


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