Dr. Rob VanWynsberghe – Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator

Congratulations to Dr. Rob VanWynsberghe, who has received recognition as “Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator” for 2020 from The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM). EECOM is Canada’s only national, bilingual, and charitable network for environmental learning. EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental learning.


From the award citation:

Category: Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator

2020 Winner: Robert VanWynsberghe (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Robert VanWynsberghe, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). A researcher, facilitator, and thought leader working in environmental education and communication for sustainability for over 20 years now, Rob is a remarkable educator who is committed to his students, region, and planet. He has taught 10 graduate courses and supervised more than 60 graduate students on a wide range of sustainability-oriented research projects and research questions. His students’ thesis and dissertation topics include water rights, environmental justice, sustainability tours, community-based legacies, social innovation labs, NGO anti-racism efforts, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

An internationally respected scholar, Rob views sustainability as a global social movement and believes that collaboration towards a sustainable future will succeed if our daily habits as individuals and community members can be creatively mobilized into individual and collective action for a better society. His research and engagement activities span environmental justice, sport mega-events, and BC’s K-12 curriculum.