Elizabeth (Lisa) Glithero


Elizabeth (Lisa) Glithero
Adjunct Professor

Work E-mail: lisa.glithero@uottawa.ca

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Lisa is deeply committed to integrating an interdisciplinary, experiential and community action project-based learning approach into all courses that she teaches at the Faculty of Education.  Environmental education, nature-based learning and youth civic engagement are her areas of pedagogical and research interest.

Lisa is the faculty lead of the Global Education cohort and a member of the Global Education Research Network (GERN). She sits on the Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) as the representative for community outreach, relations and partners. Lisa has built a strong partnership and multi-year research initiative on the impacts of nature-based learning on elementary-aged students with the local Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Forest and Nature School, a regional program of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.  She is also an active team member of Doing Democracy—a multi-year, collaborative research project on civics education between the Faculty of Education, Elections Canada and the Encounters with Canada program based in Ottawa.  Lisa is also co-lead of a collaborative research project focused on the impacts of expeditionary learning on the development of youth agency, building on her 13 years of experience with Students on Ice. Most recently, Lisa is the education lead for the CanadaC3 project, an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 and the people and places that have shaped Canada’s identity and those that are generating an inspiring vision for Canada’s future.  

Lisa has begun to publish articles and book chapters on the various environmental and citizenship education research projects that she and her students have developed and are engaged in, both locally and beyond. She serves as co-chair of Youth Ottawa’s board of directors, a special adviser to the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Teacher Advisory Board, a founding board member of Forest School Canada, co-founder of Youth Up and a national judge for the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship program.  


Fields of Interest

  • Éducation relative à l’environnement et à la durabilité
  • Apprentissage sur le terrain
  • Engagement civique des jeunes (libre arbitre des étudiants; partenariats entre jeunes et adultes)
  • Community-based research
  • Études critiques portant sur les jeunes (relations entre Inuits et non autochtones; entre le Nord et le Sud)
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