Nick Stanger

Associate Professor · he/him/his


Nick works as an associate professor of environmental education at College of the Environment at Western Washington University. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Victoria in 2014 and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Council Doctoral Fellow. The main focus of his doctoral research revolved around the learning that occurs from revisiting significant childhood places (, and their lasting effects on our lives. His research uses an educationalist lens and participatory techniques to understand environmental sociology, ecological identity, transformative places, and Indigenous responses to climate change. He pursues projects that utilize his unique background as an ecologist, conservationist, educator, and knowledge mobilizer, and look for ways to support participants and provide nuance and complexity to pressing issues. He aims to understand, mobilize, and help create space for Indigenous communities to tell their stories of resurgence, cultural adaptation, and sovereignty all while helping find pathways, protocol, and critical understandings amongst settler-colonial communities.


PhD in Curriculum Studies - Environmental Education, University of Victoria, Victoria BC

Research Interests

  • higher education and sustainability
  • Indigenous-settler relations 
  • Indigenous Resurgence
  • Field Schools
  • Media, technology, and education
  • childhood and adolescent (trans)formative places
  • environmental refugees
  • environmental education


Books and Manuscripts

Stanger, N.R.G. & Tanaka, M. (2012, 2017). Transformative Inquiry, 4.7 edition. iBook in Apple Bookstore for iPad. iBook available at

Stanger, N.R.G. (2014). (Re)placing ourselves in nature: An exploration of how (trans)formative places foster emotional, physical, spiritual, and ecological connectedness. PhD, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Retrieved from and iTunes:

Edited Volumes

Stanger, N.R.G. (Ed.). (2012). Healthy by Nature Conference proceedings. Vancouver, BC: BC Parks, The Child and Nature Alliance Society.

Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters

Stanger, N. R. G., Engelfried, N., Clement, S., Kunz, A., R., G., & Brine, E. S. (2020). Can We Teach the Earth Charter Anymore? A critical examination of the Earth Charter’s Role in education. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 23(3), 31-53.

Stanger, N.R.G., & Claxton, X. N. (2018). The Nick-Squared Test for Indigenous Education’s “Goodness of Fit” with Environmental Education in Canada. American Review of Canadian Studies, 1-13. doi:10.1080/02722011.2018.1502797

Stanger, N.R.G. (2016). When despair grows in us: Emotional learning in (trans)formative places. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 21, 145-162.

Gray, C., Gibbons, R., Larouche, R., Sandseter, E., Bienenstock, A., Brussoni, M., Chabot, G., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stanger, N., Sampson, M., & Tremblay, M. (2015). What Is the Relationship between Outdoor Time and Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Physical Fitness in Children? A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 6455-6474.

Brussoni, M., Gibbons, R., Gray, C., Ishikawa, T., Sandseter, E., Bienenstock, A., Chabot, G., Fuselli, P., Herrington, S., Janssen, I., Pickett, W., Power, M., Stanger, N., Sampson, M., & Tremblay, M. (2015). What is the Relationship between Risky Outdoor Play and Health in Children? A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 6423-6454.

Stanger, N.R.G., & Beauchamp, J.V. (2015). Panarchy, transformation, and place: Exploring social change and resiliency through an ecological lens. The Trumpeter, 31(1).

Tanaka, M. T., Tse, V. V., Stanger, N.R.G., Piché, I., Starr, L., Farish, M., & Abra, M. (2014). The edge of counselling: Mindful negotiation of emotions towards transforming learning~teaching. In L. Thomas (Ed.), Becoming teacher: Sites for development of Canadian teacher education (pp. 469-502). Canadian Association for Teacher Education.

Stanger, N.R.G., Tanaka, M., Tse, V., & Starr, L. (2013). Winter counts as transformative inquiry: The role of creative imagery as an interpretation of adaptive change. Complicity, 10(1/2), 87-110.

Stanger, N.R.G. (2011). Moving “eco” back into socio-ecological models: A proposal to reorient ecological literacy into human developmental models and school systems. Human Ecology Review, 18(2), 167-173.

Stanger, N.R.G. (2011). The intertextuality of environmental art in childhood special places: How play, flow, and pedagogy of place can reform education. Journal of Creative and Artistic Education, 5(1), 73-89.

Exhibition/Performance of Creative Work

Stanger, N.R.G. (2012). Ecology of Marks. Creative Process Research, University of Victoria, Canada.  (

Stanger, N.R.G. (2010). Familia - artwork created by the family.  Art Educators, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.

Stanger, N.R.G. (2009). It’s right here - dualistic nature and built imagery. Phillips Gallery,  Victoria, Canada.

Stanger, N.R.G. (2006). War and Peace - images from the Great War and the great outdoors. The Culture Crawl -  The ARC,  Vancouver, Canada.