Jen’s Full Resume

Jen Gobby is a transdisciplinary environmental social scientist with specialization in climate action and climate policy in Canada, environmental and social justice, Indigenous rights, social movements, transformation, and participatory action research methods.

Education/Affiliations       

2021 – Present   Affiliate Assistant Professor, Dept of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University (Montreal, QC).

2019-2021          SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University (Montreal, QC).

2014-2019          Doctor of Philosophy, Renewable Resources, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, research themes: theories of social transformation, climate action, social movements, participatory action research methods.

2011-2014           Bachelor of Arts, Environment (Honours), minor Anthropology, McGill School of Environment, McGill University, specialization: the human dimensions of climate change.

Research Experience         

2021-Present     Research Director, Research for the Front Lines (Montreal, QC).

2019-Present     Research Collaborator on the Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada research project. Indigenous Climate Action (Canada).

June-Aug 2021   Research Consultant, led a research team to conduct a extensive literature review on Gender and Climate Change for the Le Conseil des Montréalaises  (Montreal, QC).

2019                    Researcher, ACKnowl-EJ International Research Project (Barcelona, Spain). Conducted research on environmental conflicts in Canada, contributing to the Canada map on the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice (EJAtlas).

2016                     Research Intern, United Nations Harmony with Nature Initiative (New York, NY). Conducted research about social marketing and story-based strategy as tools for social transformation, to help promote an Earth-based worldview and to promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

2015-2016          Research Collaborator, The Leap (Toronto, ON). Assisted The Leap team in consulting with the 230 groups and organizations across Canada that signed on to the Leap Manifesto to work towards a Justice-Based Energy Transition. This project included conducting over one hundred interviews, qualitative and quantitative analysis of data and the completion of a summary report.

2015                     Research Intern, David Suzuki Foundation (Vancouver, BC). Processing and analysis of qualitative data gathered on the DSF Coastal Connections Listening Tour of British Columbia coastal communities. This analysis contributed to a major report to the governments of Canada and to the United Nations advocating for the needs and rights of the residents of coastal BC.

2011-2014          Undergraduate research. I completed the following original research projects during my undergraduate degree:

  • An anthropological study of climate change perceptions and attitudes on Lasqueti Island, BC. This research involved conducting 38 in depth interviews with and 78 completed surveys by residents on this off-the-grid island.
  • A quantitative assessment of Lasqueti Island community’s per capita carbon emissions and level of subjective well-being.
  • Honours project – The development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan with residents of Lasqueti Island, BC. This project employed participatory action research methodology.

Teaching, Curriculum Design, and Student Supervision

Winter 2022       Course Lecturer, Environment & Geography Department, Bishop’s University (Lennoxville, QC). ESG 270 – Social Movements for Climate Action

Winter 2022      Course Lecturer, Environment & Geography Department, Bishop’s University (Lennoxville, QC). ESG 570 – Global Climate Justice

Fall 2021             Course Lecturer, Bieler School of Environment, McGill University (Montreal, QC). ENVR 203 – Knowledge, Ethics, and Environment

Fall 2021             Course Lecturer, Environment & Geography Department, Bishop’s University (Lennoxville, QC). ESG 100 – Introduction to Environmental Studies

Winter 2021       Course Lecturer, Bieler School of Environment, McGill University (Montreal, QC). ENVR 400 – Environmental Thought

Winter 2021      Course Lecturer, Bieler School of Environment, McGill University (Montreal, QC).ENVR 301 – Environmental Research Design

Winter 2020       Course Lecturer, Bieler School of Environment, McGill University (Montreal, QC). ENVR 301 – Environmental Research Design

2020-Present      Honour Research Supervisor, Bieler School of Environment, McGill University (Montreal, QC). Co-supervising 2 student honours research projects, providing guidance around participatory action research methods, Indigenous-settler relations, and climate action in Canada.

2019                     Curriculum and Pedagogy Design Consultant for International Summer School in Social Transformation (Montreal, QC). Collaborating with CIRODD, MIS, and Concordia’s SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation to design a 7-day intensive course with a focus on fostering collective intelligence and team-design to address complex social and environmental challenges in the Montreal urban context.

2014-2018          Teaching Assistant, McGill School of Environment, McGill University (Montreal, QC). Worked as teaching assistant for 13 undergraduate courses, in collaboration with many different teaching teams. These courses include ENVR 203 – Knowledge, Ethics and Environment, ENVR 400 – Environmental Thought, ENVR 201 – Society, Environment and Sustainability). This work involved grading, assisting in assignment development, and delivering guest lectures on various topics. I also helped design curriculum and pedagogy to incorporate theories of social transformation into ENVR 400.

2011-2017          Guest Lecturer and Curriculum Consultant, Vanier College (Montreal, QC). Designed and delivered various guest lectures in Humanities, Environmental Ethics, and Critical Thinking courses at Vanier College. Lecture topics included Climate Governance, the Human Dimensions of Climate Change, How Social Change Happens, and the Environmental and Climate Movements in Canada. I was also brought in to help design course content for an Environmental Ethics course about the “good news about climate change” overviewing inspiring climate initiatives across Canada.

2016                     Graduate Course Instructor, Natural Resource Science Department, McGill University (Montreal, QC). Designed and co-led a graduate seminar called ‘Ethics for the Anthropocene’, about environmental ethics and climate justice.

2004-2011          Workshop Designer and Facilitator, MudGirls Natural Building Collective (British Columbia). I co-organized, designed and co-taught over 30 hands-on intensive, land-based workshops on the topics of natural building, alternative energy, composting, permaculture, alternative food, water, and waste systems.

Guest Lectures in University Courses

Jan, 2021             Guest Lecture about Transformative Climate Policy in Canada in HENV 680: ‘Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science’, Concordia University.

Nov, 2020           Guest Lecture about transformative community-led responses to Covid-19 in Montreal in MANA 669: ‘Sustainable Business Strategies’, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.

Feb, 2020            Guest Lecture about Participatory Action Research methods in the graduate course EDD 6005: ‘Knowledge Mobilization in Environment and Sustainable Development’ at Université de Montréal.

Jan, 2020            Guest Lecture about collective, and transformative approaches to addressing climate change at pedagogical day for faculty, staff and administration at John Abbott College.

Nov, 2019           Guest Lecture about the climate action in Canada and about climate social science in GÉO3152: ‘Changements Climatiques’ at Université de Montréal.

April 2019           Guest Lecture about theories of transformation and environmental justice in GEOG 355:  ‘Resource Analysis and Management Resource’ at Concordia University.

Publications

Books and Monographs

Gobby, J. (2020). More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders. Halifax: Fernwood Press. (peer reviewed book)

Chapters in Books

Forthcoming. Gobby, J. & Temper, L. (2021). Transformative strategies developed by environmental justice and Indigenous land defense movements in Canada. In Rodriguez, I., (Ed). Just transformations to sustainability from the ground-up: movements, resistances and alternatives. London: Pluto Press.

Gobby, J. (2021). Policing Indigenous land defense: learnings from the frontlines of pipeline resistance in Canada. In Dunlap A. & Brock, A. (Eds) Enforcing Ecological Catastrophe: The Police and Military as drivers of Climate Change and Ecocide.

Gobby J., & Mailhot S. (2021). Are there biophysical limits to reducing inequality between humans? In Kish, K., (Ed.) Ecological Limits to the Sustainable Development Goals: New targets for improved well-being. London, UK: Routledge.

Gobby, J. (2019). Climate Justice Montreal, In Perkins, P. E., (Ed). Local Activism for Global Climate Justice: The Great Lakes Watershed. London, UK: Routledge.

Gobby, J., & Gareau, K. (2018). Understanding the crises, uncovering root causes, and envisioning the world(s) we want: Conversations with the anti-pipeline movements in Canada. In Jafry. T., (Ed.), Routledge Handbook on Climate Justice (pp. 449-464). London, UK: Routledge. 

Articles in Refereed Journals

Deranger, E. T., Sinclair, R., Gray, B., McGregor, D., & Gobby, J. (2022). Decolonizing Climate Research and Policy: making space to tell our own stories, in our own ways. Community Development Journal.

Gobby, J., Reed, G., Sinclair, R., Ivey, R., Matthews, D.H. (2021). Indigenizing climate policy in Canada. In special issue Energy Justice in the Era of Green Transitions, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.

Gobby, J., Temper, L., Burke, M., von Ellenrieder, N. (2021). Resistance as Governance: Transformative Strategies forged on the Frontlines of Extractivism in Canada. The Extractive Industries and Society.

Temper, L., Avila, S., Del Bene, D., Gobby, J., Kosoy, N., Lebillion, P., Martinez-Alier, J., Perkins, P., Roy, B., Scheidel, A., Walter, M., (2020) Movement demands for a transition to just carbon futures: A meta-analysis. Environmental Research Letters. 15(12), 123004

Fazey, I., Schäpke, N., Caniglia, G., Hodgson, A., Kendrick, I., Lyon, C., Page, G., Patterson, J., Riedy, C., Strasser, T. and Verveen, S., … Gobby, J. …. (2020). Transforming knowledge systems for life on Earth: Visions of future systems and how to get there. Energy Research & Social Science, 70, p.101724.

Non-academic publications

Murphy, M., Gobby, J. (2021). Real climate action means defunding the police. Briarpatch.

Reed G. & Gobby, J. (2021).  Land Back and Climate Action. Indigenous Law Association at McGill.

Gobby J., Deranger, E., Sinclair, R. Ivey, R. (2021). Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada. Indigenous Climate Action. (translated to French)

Gobby, J. (2020). More Powerful Together – Alternatives as Resistance: Part 2. Radical Ecological Democracy. (translated to Spanish)

Gobby, J. (2020). More Powerful Together – Integrating Resistance with Alternatives. Radical Ecological Democracy. (translated to Spanish)

Gobby, J. (2020). A Crash Course on Environmental Justice. The Monitor, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Nov-Dec 2020 issue, p.45-48

Gobby, J. and Guertin, É. (2020). Droits des peuples autochtones, décroissance et une transition énergétique juste au Québec. Possibles, p.54.

Gobby, J and Ivey, R. (2020). More Powerful Together: Movement Reflections on Decarbonizing and Decolonizing Canada (Summary report of Thesis for Activists and Land Defenders). (translated to French)

Gobby, J. (2019). Allying with Indigenous Communities: Reporting on a Conference Workshop for Settler Researchers. Women and Environments International Magazine, p.55-58

Gobby, J. (2019) Confronting Economic Barriers to a Just Transition. Briarpatch.

Gobby, J. (2018). [Review of the book The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, by Raygorodetsky G.] Environmental and Society: Advances in Research, 9(1) pp.177-179.

Gobby, J. (2018). Introduction. In Mudgirls Collective, The Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives (pp.1-6). Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers

Awards

2019                     SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship – 45 000$ per year for 2 years

2015                     McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science Award for Teaching Assistant Excellence – 1000$

2014-2017           New Sun Joy Harvie Graduate Award – 12 000$ per year for 3 years

2013                     McGill MacLean Murray Scholarship – 1400$

2013                     Dean’s Honours List – McGill University

Conferences and Public Speaking           

Academic Conferences

Jan, 2021          McGill Sustainability Research Symposium 2021 – Sustainable Business

  • on Fostering Change: The Role of Individuals in Transforming Society.

Nov, 2020           Building a New World in the Shell of the Old to Face the Climate Crisis: Between Transition, Resilience and Resistance at CRITS École d’innovation sociale Élisabeth-Bruyère, Université Saint-Paul (Ottawa, ON)

  • on Theories of Social Transformation from the Grassroots. This featured 3 Indigenous land defenders speaking about their own theories of transformation and about decolonizing research practices.

Oct, 2020            Confronting The Climate Crisis with Systemic Alternatives in the Age of Corona Virus atEJ/CJ – The Environmental & Climate Justice Studies Digital Hub, UC Santa Barbara (California, US)

June, 2019          International Sustainability Transitions conference at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON).

May, 2019          Engaging Economies of Change. Canadian Association of Ecological Economists (CANSEE) Conference(Waterloo, ON).

  • about the need for greater engagement with theories of social transformation among ecological economists.
  • a workshop on best practices for research collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The workshop featured two Indigenous leaders and was the basis for an article which was later published.

April, 2019          ACKnowlEJ Final Project Meeting at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey).

  • findings and updated map of Environmental Conflicts in Canada.
  • to synthesize the main findings from across all participants’ research throughout the 5-year project to compile a list of “Key Lessons for Activists and Communities”.

Nov, 2018            CIARS Decolonizing Conference, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)

  • on Decolonizing and Decarbonizing Canada, sharing the overall results of my doctoral research.

May, 2018          The Great Transition Conference (Montreal, QC).

  • on Decolonizing and Decarbonizing Canada, sharing the overall results of my doctoral research.

Oct, 2017            Economies in an Age of Limits: A Time for (R)evolution! Canadian Association of Ecological Economists (CANSEE) Conference,(Montreal, QC).

  • Helped with all aspects of conference planning, with a focus on ensuring racial, gender and age diversity in conference presenters and keynotes and prioritizing the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives.
  • called Change in the Anthropocene: De-carbonizing and Decolonizing Canada.
  • called ‘Academics as Activists?’ on the role of scholars in social transformation.
  • calledPerspectives on natural capital and ecosystem services values: Contested concepts or pragmatic solutions?

2015                     People and Planet in the Anthropocene. Transformations Conference (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • on Indigenous rights and resistance as a powerful transformative force in Canada’s energy economy.

2015                     Pathways for Change: Towards a Just and Sustainable Economy. Canadian Association of Ecological Economists (CANSEE) Conference (Vancouver, BC).

  • on Indigenous rights and resistance as a powerful transformative force in Canada’s energy economy.

Public Speaking

May, 2021          Panelist for La convergence des luttes : impératif moral et stratégique? event organized by Le Hub        

April, 2021        Presented workshop about Theories of Change, organized by Long Talks in the Woods

Mar, 2021           Panelist for More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists & Indigenous Land Defenders event, organized by Indigenous Environmental Justice.

Nov, 2020           Keynote and Panelist for More Powerful Together Book Launch, organized by Fernwood Publishing and The ENRICH Project.

Oct, 2020         Panelist for discussion on Identity, Equity and Law in Ecological World-Making, organized by Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA).

Oct, 2020           Presented public lecture entitled ‘Let’s talk about transformative change, sustainability, and building a better world. Now’ for McGill’s Food for Thought Public Lecture Series.

Oct, 2020            Panelist for discussion on Environmental Justice, organized by Anthropocene to the Ecozoic (E2A)

Sept, 2020          Moderator and organizer for Climate Science Teach In for Climate Activists, hosted by the CSIM climate lab at Concordia University.

Sept, 2020        Panelists on Divestment from Fossil Fuels at McGill, a webinar hosted by PGSS McGill.

Sept, 2020        Panelist for Just Recovery Teach-in and Panel Discussion organized by Climate Strike Canada. Other panelists included David Suzuki and Seth Klein.

July, 2020            Panelist for Climate Change: A World Beyond Covid-19, presented by CEED, Sustainable Concordia and other groups. Other panelists included Deborah MacGregor and Vanessa Nakate.

June, 2020          Workshop facilitator for Holistic Activist Communities, as part of as a part of Sustainable Concordia’s Sustain’Alive event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

May, 2020          Panelist for event organized by Fernwood Publishing entitled Environmental Transformation in Times of Crisis. Spoke about the links between the Covid-19 pandemic, social transformation, climate change, and environmental injustice

Mar, 2020           Guest speaker at Vanier’s International Women’s Week Festival. Spoke about the links between climate change, oil and gas development, violence against women, and the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

 Nov, 2019          Guest speaker on the subject of transformative approaches to climate mitigation in Canada as part of a monthly seminar series on the Anthropocene at Université de Montréal.

Sept, 2019          Panelist in webinar entitled: The Next Generation of Environmental Movements: Activism and Advocacy for Ecological Law, organized by The Earth Law Center and Economics for the Anthropocene with the support of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.

Sept, 2019         Workshop co-facilitator. Designed and co-presented workshop entitled “Living Sustainably and Taking Action on Climate Change”, part of a Concordia Student Union workshop series ‘Get Sustainable’ at Concordia University.

Sept, 2019          Workshop co-facilitator. Co-led a workshop for faculty and graduate students at University of Vermont on best practices for research collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This was one session in a UVM speaker series on Power and Privilege.

Feb, 2019            Organizer and host of Symposium on Environmental Racism, which featured an panel of speakers from communities in Canada facing the impacts of environmental racism.

Feb, 2019            Workshop leader. Gave two workshops (one on developing theories of change and one on building stronger movements through collaboration) at thePowershift Youth Climate Conference, in Ottawa.

Jan, 2019            Guest Speaker at rally for International Women’s day in Montreal. Spoke about the links between climate change, oil and gas development and violence against women in Canada.

Mar, 2019           Workshop co-leader. Co-led workshop on Building Holistic Movement Communities as part of Sustainable Concordia’s Sustain‘Alive workshop series.

Oct, 2018            Keynote Speaker. Presented on Natural Building, Climate Action and Social Transformation, for McGill’s annual Permaculture Week.

Other Media

Nov, 2020            Podcast Interview on Intersectional Analysis and Environmental Organizing for an online course on Environmental Ethics at McGill

Oct, 2020            Radio Interview on the topic of the intersection of research and activism for Climate Justice Saskatoon’s From the Ground Up Radio Program.

Professional Development           

2017                     Completed a day-long workshop on Participatory Action Research methods led by Professor Ernesto Mendez at the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT).

2016                     Completed a 2-week graduate level summer school called Resurgence: Settler Colonialism and Radical Indigenous Politics, taught by Dene scholar, Professor Glen Coulthard at York University (Toronto, ON).

2006                     Obtained a Permaculture Design Certificate upon completing a 2-week course in Permaculture Design. Earth Activist Training (Cazadero, CA).

2004                     Completed a 6-month residential course on Eco-Construction and Design at St Norbert Arts Center (Winnipeg, MB).

Non-Academic Work Experience            

2008-2011          Island Trustee, Islands Trust Local Government, (British Columbia). I was elected by the community of Lasqueti Island, BC to represent them on the local government. During this term in office I launched a community survey to establish a GHG emissions base line, worked with the community to set GHG emissions reduction targets and design place-based mitigation strategies. In addition, I founded the Community Environmental Stewardship Awards program, sat as a member of the Lasqueti Clean Energy Working Group, and successfully advocated for new policy on low-carbon, local food purchasing for Trust Council events.

2005-2011          Founder, Builder, Facilitator, MudGirls Natural Building Collective, (British Columbia). I founded this feminist collective that has designed and built over 50 healthy, beautiful, affordable and climate-friendly houses on the west coast of Canada using natural and recycled materials and based on permaculture design principles. I coordinated crews of builders on worksites, organized and taught hands-on workshops about natural building, alternative energy, composting, permaculture, alternative water and waste systems, and food growing. The collective is still going strong.

Service, Networks, and Volunteer Work          

Service

2021                     Member of Scientific Committee for 2nd World Forum on Climate Justice conference organised by the Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University.

2021                 Member of a selection committee for the 2021-2022 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Awards competition.

2021                     Associate Editor for Challenges in Sustainability journal.

2021                    Peer-Reviewer for Journal Manuscript. Journal of Historical Sociology

2021                     Peer-reviewer for Journal Manuscript. Journal of Political Ecology

2020                 Peer-Reviewer for Journal Manuscript. Ecological Economics.

2019                     Peer-Reviewer for Journal Manuscript. Ecological Economics.

Memberships

2021- Present   Network Member. United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network. (New York, NY).

2020- Present    Network Member, Community-Based Action Research in Parc Extension (CBAR) (Montreal, QC).

2019- Present    Steering Committee Member.  SHIFT Center for Social Transformation, Concordia University (Montreal, QC).

2014- Present    Association Member. Canadian Association of Ecological Economists (CANSEE).

Volunteer Work

2020- Present    Advisory Board Member. Le Ministère de la Nouvelle Normalité (MNN).

2014- Present    Organizer, Climate Justice Montreal, (Montreal, QC). I work with this grassroots group in Montreal to organize local education and direct-action events to promote climate and environmental justice, in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders.

2017-2019          Member of Board of Directors, Alternatives (Montreal, QC).

2008-2012          Tour Leader, (Lasqueti Island, BC). I led educational sustainability-themed tours of Lasqueti Island’s unique off-the-grid homes, gardens and alternative power, water, and heating systems.

2007- 2010         Tour manager and performer, Lasquirkus – The Lasqueti Circus (Gulf Islands, BC). I organized and managed all aspects of two successful tours of this 30-member, community-based, sustainability-themed circus.