Lindsay Cole


PhD UBC Interdisciplinary Studies, MA Royal Roads U Environment/Management, BSc U Victoria Biology/Environmental Studies

Post-doctoral research fellow

Lindsay is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, as well as at Emily Carr University of Art and Design Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

Her research, teaching, and professional practice bring together multiple disciplines, practitioner intelligences, and real-world challenges in creative, experimental, and learning-filled experiences in service of uncovering, imagining, planning, and walking pathways of transformation toward ecological and social justice, wellbeing, and liberation together.

She has co-hosted UBC's Climate Justice Field School course, Designing for Transformation.

As cities and the public sector contend with constellations of complex and urgent social and ecological challenges, new and resurgent ways to innovate and transform planning, policy making, governance, and engagement theories and practices are becoming increasingly critical.

Lindsay’s current research responds to this call to action, and is focused in two areas. First, working toward just and equitable climate action in Canadian cities through two projects: (a) Climate Justice Field School in Vancouver; (b) Social Innovation Researcher in Residence with the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre (Mitacs and BC Hydro funded). Second, exploring the transformative power and potential of international public sector innovation labs to work toward social and ecological justice and wellbeing (SSHRC NFRF funded). 

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