Dr. Alison Neilson



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Dr. Alison Neilson


Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques, 56

3000-009 Coimbra, Portugal

aneilson@ces.uc.pt

http://www.ces.uc.pt/investigadores/cv/alison_neilson.php



EDUCATION




Ph.D. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) 2006


Comparative International & Development Education: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Dissertation: Disrupting privilege, identity, and meaning: A Reflexive Dance of Environmental Education. Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. J. Gary Knowles

M.Sc. Biology, York University 1991


Dissertation: Population Ecology of the Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus, at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York. Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. M.B. Fenton

B.E.S. Environmental Studies and Biology, University of Waterloo 1989


Thesis: Breeding Behaviour of Captive Macaws.

Honours Research Project: The History and Palaeoecology of Ellice Swamp.



HONOURS AND AWARDS



Keith A. McLeod Scholarship University of Toronto, 2002 – 2003

Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2001 – 2002

OISE/UT Commendation Award University of Toronto, 2003

In recognition of the achievement of the organizing committee for lifelong citizenship learning, participatory democracy & social change, an International Conference, Toronto Oct 17-19, 2003

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, Governor General of Canada, 2002

In recognition of 10 years of volunteering in environmental education and community development



City of Toronto Neighbourly Award 1994

In recognition of my work with Environmental Dialogue, an education NGO I founded in 1992.


GRANTS
5000,00€ A Iniciativas de Cooperação Bilateral no Âmbito do programa Cidadania Ativa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, project "Casting Nets for Social Inclusion: Weaving Partnerships and Projects Across the Sea" (março de 2016, São Miguel Island, Açores) 2016
50000,00€

FCT Investigadora 2014

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) (2014-2019) Starting Grant
4000,00€ (total 37836,84€) Project, Science and Policy Integration for a Sustainable Marine Strategy - SciPol-ISeMarS (2012-2014) R&D Project, Regional Director for Science & Technology, Regional Secretary for Education & Science, Autonomous Region of the Azores DRCT-FRCT

2012


2500,00 € Project, Comemoração do Dia Nacional da Cultura Científica [Celebration of the National Day of Scientific Culture], Regional Director for Science & Technology, Regional Secretary for Education & Science, Autonomous Region of the Azores DRCT-FRCT 2011
14888,00 € Project, Scientific Meeting, Regional Director for Science & Technology, Regional Secretary for Education & Science, Autonomous Region of the Azores DRCT-FRCT 2011
6150,00 € (Biodiversidade Seminario) and 2320.00 € (Biodiversidade Foto Exposição), Regional Director for Science & Technology, Regional Secretary for Education & Science, Autonomous Region of the Azores DRCT-FRCT 2010
24844,50 € R&D Project, Regional Director for Science & Technology, Regional Secretary for Education & Science, Autonomous Region of the Azores DRCT-FRCT 2008
$2500 Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development, Queen’s University 2006 & 2007

CURRENT POST


Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, CES, University of Coimbra, Portugal current

Group: Science, Economy and Society (NECES)


Coordinator, Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, RCE Açores

- Informal education network across the nine islands of the Azores, part of the UN International network launched for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development current



TEACHING EXPERIENCE
SUPERVISION
Mentor: support for PhD students and other emerging scholars as Link Co-Convenor for the European Education Researchers Association, including reviewing conference applications, ranking bursary applications, chairing and mentoring during conferences and other support. 2012-current
Supervisor: CES internship February to May, 2016
Supervisor: Visiting Master Student, Rigel Getzamani Lazo Cant, from Sociais da Universidade Autónoma de Nova Leão.

June to July 2016.


Supervisor: 6 interns for Ciência Viva program, CES Estágio 2: “Arte e Ciência: relações de conchecer, fazer e ser” July 13-17, 2015
Supervisor: 7 EU Leonardo da Vinci Interns from Change Agents, UK who were doing education outreach projects and development work for RCE Açores RCE

Research projects:

1. Noemi Giupponi 2011 A preliminary/exploratory study investigating the frequency of communication between diverse agents involved in the sustainable development of a geographical region.

2. Liz Crump e Xanthe May 2012 Inquérito público porta-a-porta: ONGs para o desenvolvimento sustentável nos Açores. 2011-2014


Viva Juri member for PhD Candidate from Faculdade de Bela Artes, Universidade do Porto, Inês Vicente, March, 18, 2015
Doctoral Development Planning Mentor: 14 students/year, EDD students at University of Liverpool, UK, online Doctoral program. 2011-2014

Co-supervisor for large group honours research project in senior year environmental studies course (Queen's University) 2007
Research Advisor for 5 small-group honours research projects in senior year environmental studies course (University of Toronto) 2007
Research Advisor for Masters students in their research projects (Brock University) 2007
Writing clinic adviser for graduate students in education (University of Toronto) 2002-2004


TEACHING: UNIVERSITY LEVEL



Instructor and Co-coordinator for "Ecological crisis: Environmental cultures, movements and politics", Democracy in the 21st Century, CES-FEUC, University of Coimbra doctoral programme

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017


Facilitator ArtFULL 2016 - Relationships of knowing, doing, and being” for June 15 to 18, 2016, Location: Instituto Missionário Sagrado Coração (Seminário Dehoniano Coimbra) Coimbra.

June 15-18, 2016


Instructor - PhD Seminar “Arts-informed methods for education research”, facilitated for Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciência de Educação, Universidade do Porto. March, 06, 2015
Instructor, Doctorate in Education, University of Liverpool, Action Research for Educational Leadership Spring 2013
Instructor, Doctorate in Education, University of Liverpool, Ways of Knowing Fall 2012

Mentor, Doctorate in Education, Laureate/University of Liverpool, Doctoral Development Planning

2012-2013


Instructor, Creative interview methods: Using photography and artefacts, FIPED - Portugal II, workshop 13-14 April, University of the Azores, Terceira Spring 2012
Facilitator and Workshop Organizer, University of Açores & Centro de Formação de Associação de Escolas da Terceira São Jorge e Graciosa, September 9, 10 & 11

- Biodiversity and Art for Educators (credit course for in-service teachers) Fall 2010



Instructor, Universidade dos Açores, Mestre de Educação Ambiental Summer 2010

- Environmental Justice

Instructor, OISE/UT, Dept of Theory and Policy Studies in Education Fall 2007


  • School and Society EDU3508 (initial teacher education program)



Instructor, Queen´s Univ., School of Environmental Studies Fall 2007


  • Explorations in Environmental Studies ENSC203

  • Honours Projects in Environmental Sustainability ENSC410


Instructor, University of Toronto (UT), Centre for Environment Fall 2007

  • Environmental Research Skills ENV410



Co-Instructor, Brock Univ., Fac. Education, Graduate Studies in Education Spring 2007

- Introduction to Educational Research EDUC 5P92 (Master’s level course)

Instructor, OISE/UT, Dept of Theory and Policy Studies in Education Fall & Winter 2006/2007


  • School and Society EDU3508 (teaching 3 sections)



Instructor, Queen´s Univ., School of Environmental Studies Winter 2007


- Environmental Sociology ENSC305

Co-Instructor, Queen´s Univ., School of Environmental Studies Fall 2006


- Explorations in Environmental Studies ENSC203

Instructor, OISE/UT, Transformative Learning Centre’s Summer Institute June 2006


- Inside and Outside: Anti-racist Environmentalism

Instructor, Queen´s Univ., School of Environmental Studies & Woman’s Studies, Winter 2006


- Gender and Environment ENSC420

Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier Univ., Dept. of Geography & Env. Studies, Winter 2006


- Global Resources and Environmental Issues GG290
Writing Clinic Advisor, University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies, 2005-2006

One-on-one teaching with masters and doctoral level students

Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier Univ., Dept. of Geography & Env. Studies, Summer & Fall 2005


  • Wildlife & Rural Land Resources Management GG391

Instructor, OISE/University of Toronto, Dept of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Winter 2005


  • Issues in International and Global Education EDU5536 (initial teacher education program)


Writing Clinic Advisor, OISE/University of Toronto, Student Services 2002-2004

One-on-one teaching with B.Ed. students, masters and doctoral level students


Teacher Education Program Assistant, OISE/University of Toronto 2003-2004

  • Issues in International and Global Education EDU5536


Teacher Education Program Assistant, OISE/University of Toronto 2002-2003

  • Teacher Education Seminar: Global and Community Connections, EDU6000


Teacher Education Program Assistant, OISE/University of Toronto 2001-2002

  • Intermediate/Senior Biology, EDU1470


Teaching Assistant, York University, Biology Dept., 1989-1991

  • Biological Sciences; Animals, undergraduate 1st & 2nd year


Teaching Assistant, U of Waterloo, Env. Studies & Biology Depts. 1987-1989

  • Environmental Thought I & II, undergraduate 1st & 2nd year

  • Cell Biology; Environmental Toxicology, undergraduate 2nd & 3rd year

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Project Coordinator, “Casting Nets for Social Inclusion: Weaving Partnerships and Projects Across the Sea” EEA Programa Cidadania Ativa (in partnership with Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland, UMAR-Açores, Cooperativa de Economia Solidária Pescadores da Ribeira Quente, Ilhas em Rede, Porto de Abrigo, and Cooperativa Descalcas, Ponta Delgada) March 2016


Facilitator and Event Planner, “Sharing the Sea” series of mail art workshops for youth, on each of the nine Azorean islands, Newfoundland and Toronto. 1st workshop in Terceira in collaboration with Oficina d'Angra Associação Cultural, October 3 & 10, 2009 2009
Trainer, Diversity training for board members, Canadian Association for Environmental Education and Communication, EECOM, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Sept 25-28 2008
Facilitator, Nova Scotia Dept of Education and the Whycocomagh Eco-centre July 2006

Educator’s Summer Institute: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: How our Ecological Identity Informs Our Life as Educators




Educator and Trainer, UMP Zvataida Rural District Office and Communal Areas

Management Program for Indigenous Resources, CAMPFIRE, Assoc. Zimbabwe, 1997


Resource Educator, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, District Office 1994 –1996

Teacher training and program development

Trainer for: ProjectWild; Wild in Winter; Focus on Forests; Focus on Fire; FishWays

Train-the-trainers for above programs


Educator and Event Planner, Environmental Dialogue 1992-1997

Community engagement and restoration of Black Oak Savannah in High Park, Toronto


Scientific Advisor and Educator, Youth Challenge International, Guyana 1990

Trained international group of youth while engaging in field research on

Vampire bats in Guyana

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Development and Coordination for “RCE Açores” (Azores islands, Portugal)
Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, program of United Nations University, Institute Of Advanced Studies 2009 - 2014
Program Developer, Envirothon - Ontario Forestry Association 1999 –2002

Curriculum designer, tester and instructor for international environmental

Olympics program “Envirothon”
Senior Scientist, Ontario Science Centre 1999 -2000

Program and exhibit design and evaluation


Program Developer, Museum of the Council for Geoscience, Pretoria 1997-1998

Program and exhibit development; development of teaching materials (video,

magazine, maps) for the South Africa's Year of Science and Technology initiative
Facilitator, Tswaing Crater Museum, Sushanguve, South Africa 1997-1998

Worked with youth facilitating community development of natural history exhibits


Display & Program Developer, Transvaal Museum of Natural History, Pretoria 1996-1998

Research and conceptual design for new bioscience wing and education program


Program Developer and Trainer, Fundacion Antisana, Quito, Ecuador, 1996

Teacher training and community education workshop; Peace Corp Condor workshop


Educator/Facilitator, IBI Group 1995

Visioning Exercise for The Huron Natural Area Co-operative Project - engaged by the City of Kitchener and the two Waterloo Region Boards of Education to facilitate visioning for a natural park and education project.


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE



Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, Associated Laboratory, University of Coimbra, Portugal

- Education for active citizenship: Images of participation in marine policy (Azores), FCT Investigadora

2014 - current
Postdoctoral Researcher, Biodiversity Group, University of the Azores, Portugal 2008-2014

- International collaborative project: “Perspectives about the sea and sea life: Cetaceans and tourism in the Azores, Portugal and Newfoundland, Canada”

- Local project: Environmental perspectives and education in the Azores
Researcher, Queen’s Univ., & UT, Teaching to share power: Teacher & student perspectives 2006-2008
Project Manager/Researcher, OISE/UT, Principle investigator: Dr. D. Thiessen 2003-2005

SSHRC grant: “Student Experiences in Toronto Classrooms: 1980-2005”


Research Assistant, OISE/University of Toronto, Principle investigator: Dr. D. Thiessen 2002
SSHRC grant: “Student Experiences in Toronto Classrooms: 1980-2005”
Research Assistant, OISE/University of Toronto, Principle investigator: Dr. D. Schugurensky 2002-03
SSHRC grant: “Political Socialization of Latin American Immigrants in Canada”


Research Assistant, OISE/University of Toronto, Principle investigator: Dr. David Selby 2001-2002

Ecosystem Approaches to Environmental Education & Dance as Environmental Education”



Researcher & Editor, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada 2000-2001

Research and editing for scientific publications and general public audience documents


Research Assistant, World Wildlife Fund Canada 1999

Research and editing for publication on invasive species and impacts of pesticides on beneficial insects


Biologist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Wildlife Policy Branch, 1992-1994

Research to develop policy and regulations for captive wildlife (zoos, wildlife rehabilitation, falconry, & game farming); site visits, literature review, stake holder interviews


Field Assistant, University of Arkansas, Bird Biodiversity Study, Belize 1994

Field research: mist netting of passerine and other forest bird species


Field Researcher, York University & the Royal Ontario Museum, Bats in Mexico 1990

Field research: mist netting and radio tracking of bats


Scientific Advisor, Youth Challenge International, vampire bats in Guyana 1990

Project coordination and field research: mist netting and radio tracking of vampire bats


Field Assistant, University of Waterloo 1987

Field research: Deer & moose browse survey Bruce Peninsula and Algonquin Park; capturing, tagging and radio tracking of wolves, Algonquin Park.




PUBLICATIONS

Books and Chapters

Neilson, A. L., & Castro, I. (2016). Reflexive research and education for sustainable development with coastal fishing communities in the Azores islands: A theatre for questions. In P. Castro, U. M. Azeiteiro, P. Bacelar Nicolau, W. Leal Filho, & A. M. Azul (Eds.), Biodiversity and education for sustainable development. pp. 203-217. Dordrecht, NL: Springer.


Neilson, A. L., Gabriel. R., Arroz, A. M., & Mendonça, E. (2014) Perspectives about the Sea in the Azores: Respecting narratives that sustain inshore fishing communities. In J. Urquhart, T. Acott, & M. Zhao (Eds.) Social Issues in Sustainable Marine Fisheries Management. pp. 319-338, MARE Publication Series, Vol. 9. Dordrecht, NL: Springer. ISBN 978-94-007-7910-5
Neilson, A. L., Cardwell, E., & Bulhão Pato, C. (2012). Coastal fisheries in the Azores, Portugal – A question of sovereignty, sustainability and space. In K. Schriewer & T. Højrup (Eds.) European Fisheries at a tipping-point. pp. 465-505, Murcia, Es: Cátedra Jean Monnet Universidade de Murcia.
Neilson, A. L., Blomberg, D., & Gabriel, R. (2012). Spirited practice of transformative education for sustainability. In A. Wals & P. Blaze Concoran (Eds.) Learning for sustainability in times of accelerating change. pp. 269-282. Wageningen, NL: Wageningen University Press.
Neilson, A. L. (2008). Disrupting privilege, identity, and meaning: A reflexive dance of environmental education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Neilson, A. L. (2008). Deconstructing research practice. In Boris Kožuh, Richard Kahn & Anna Kozlowska (Eds). The practical science of society. (pp. 161-171). Grand Forks, ND: The College of Education and Human Development.

Articles

Neilson, A. L. & São Marcos, R. (2017). "Escape" In response to a call - Evoking a keynote. Special issue on neoliberalism in higher education, Critical Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. 17(4) 1-3. Online first doi: 10.1177/1532708616673656


Neilson, A. L. & São Marcos, R. (2016). Civil participation between private and public spheres: The island sphere. Island Studies Journal, 11(2), 585-600.
Neilson, A.L., Bulhão Pato, C., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., Mendonça, E., & Picanço, A. (2016), In the Azores, looking for the regions of knowing, Island Studies Journal, 11(1), 35-56.
Neilson, A.L., Bulhão Pato, C., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., Mendonça, E., & Picanço, A. (2015). Speaking of the sea in the Azores islands: We sometimes went for lapas. In Filipe Themudo Barata & João Magalhães Rocha (Eds.) Heritages and Memories from the Sea, First International Conference UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Tradition Know-How: Linking Heritage. Évora. Portugal, Jan 14-16, pp. 116-129, Evora: University of Évora.
Neilson, A.L. (2014). Plan for Maritime Spatial Planning of the Azores and the implementation of the Policy Framework "Marine Strategy": Why and how to engage the public. pp. 59-61 In: Carreira, G., F. Cardigos & F.M. Porteiro (Eds). The sea of the Azores: scientific forum for decision support. Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences. Supplement 8.
Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2014). How do we understand the sea? Perspectives from the Azores and Newfoundland Pp. 15-17 In: Carreira, G.P., F. Cardigos & F.M Porteiro (Eds). The sea of the Azores: scientific forum for decision support. Arquipélago. Life and Marine Sciences. Supplement 8.
Neilson, A.L., Bulhão Pato, C., & Sousa, L. (2012). A short reflection on research and fishing cultures performing knowledge together /Uma breve reflexão sobre o modo como investigadores e pescadores podem cooperar pelo conhecimento. Revista Maria Scientia. 2012(2), 73-82.
Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2010). Eating, jigging or watching? Ocean heritage and sustainable development. In: Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira & Cristina Pinheiro (Eds.). Heritage and Sustainable Development, Vol 1. pp. 581-587, Green Lines Institute: Barcelos, Portugal.
Neilson, A. L. (2009). The power of nature and the nature of power. Special Issue: Inquiries into practice. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 14, 136-148.
Neilson, A. L. (2007). Trickster teachers. Alternatives Journal, 33(5), 4-5, 45.
Neilson, A. L. (2007). Feature: Opening doors, hearts and minds, panel presentation compiled by A. Foster. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 19(2), 9.
Neilson, A. L. (2002). Dancing to know, knowing to dance: Dance as environmental education. In Sharon M. Abbey (Ed.), Ways of knowing in and through the body: Diverse perspectives on embodiment. (pp. 190-194). Welland: Soleil.
Neilson, A. L. & Fenton, M. B. (1994). Responses of little brown myotis to exclusion and to bat houses. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 22(1): 8-14.
Hickey, M.B.C. & Neilson, A. L. (1995). Relative abundance and distribution of the bats of Hamilton-Wentworth County as determined by monitoring with bat detectors. Canadian Field Naturalist, 109(4): 413-417.
Book reviews

Neilson, A. L. (2005). Book Review: Hart, Paul. (2003). Teachers’ thinking in environmental education, consciousness and responsibility. New York: Peter Lang. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 10, 314-315.

Neilson, A. L. (2003). Book Review: Hocking, B., Haskell, J., & Linds, W. (Eds.). (2001) Unfolding bodymind: exploring possibilities through education. Brandon, VT: The Foundation for Educational Renewal. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 8, 274-276.

Non-refereed publications

Neilson, A.L. & São Marcos, R. (2016), Casting nets for social inclusion: Weaving partnerships across the sea final report/Tecendo parcerias e projetos entre comunidades piscatórias para a inclusão social relatório final. Coimbra, (English/Portuguese).


Bulhão Pato, C., Neilson, A., & Sousa, L. (2011). Exploring the wealth of coastal fisheries: Listening to community voices, Unpublished final report, 21 -24 October 2011 Angra do Heroísmo & Ponta Delgada, Portugal. (English/Portuguese)
Neilson, A.L. (2011). Education for environmental justice: Fostering broad participation via marine education networks in the Azores. Special Issue Marine Education, Green Teacher Magazine, 91, Spring 2011.
Rodrigues, A. F., Mendonça, E., Neilson A. L. & Gabriel, R. (2010). Passeio Pedestre para Observação da Biodiversidade da Orla Costeira da Prainha. Culturangra, RCE AÇORES & Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores (Universidade dos Açores). Angra do Heroísmo. (2nd prize in Portuguese competition for environmental education activities – Biodiversity in Aquatic Systems, in Blue Flag Program).
Neilson A. L. & Thiessen, D. (2002). Student-related research: 1980-2002. Toronto: OISE/UT.
Neilson, A. L. & Pollock, J. S. (2001). Bald Eagle populations in the Great Lakes region: Back from the brink. Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Great Lakes Fact Sheet.
Neilson, A. L. (1994). Wildlife rehabilitation manual. Toronto: Ministry of Natural Resources

Refereed conference presentations

Neilson, A. L. (with Rita São Marcos, Maria Simões, Andrea Inocêncio) (2016). Listening to Stories from the Azores – Critical Researchers, Activists and Artists for Transformative Learning. Presentation for European Conference on Educational Research, ECER, Dublin, Ireland, 22-26 August, 2016.


Neilson, A.L. (2016). A conversation about working together as equal partners to build capacity. Presentation in collaboration with Casting Nets Partners for TBTI Symposium on European SmallScale Fisheries and Global Linkages, Universidad de La Laguna and Oceanographic Centre of Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 29 June to 1 July, 2016.
Neilson, A.L. & Inocêncio, A. (2016). Waves and wigs: Cultivative processes of art and research meetings and transformations. Creative presentation/performance for Entitle Undisciplining Environments Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 20-24 March 2016.
Neilson, A.L. (2016). Fishing communities in the age of financial capitalism: From the Arctic to the Azores. Presentation for Entitle Undisciplining Environments Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 20-24 March 2016.
Neilson, A.L., Spannring, R., Lysgaard, J.G., Kronlid, D. O., Sund, L., Sund, P. (2015). "All Our Relations": Respecting People and Scholarship. Creative roundtable for European Conference on Educational Research, ECER, Budapest, Hungary, 7 - 11 September 2015.
Neilson, A.L., Marcinkowska, A., Onsès, J., & Maksimović, M. (2015). What are we sustaining in the ways we communicate? Workshop: With, for and against power. Invited network workshop for European Conference on Educational Research, ECER, Budapest, Hungary, 7 - 11 September 2015.
Neilson, A.L. (2015). Resistance is futile. Conversation circle at 3rd International Conference on Arts-Based research and Artistic Research. Porto, Portugal, 28-30 January 2015.
Neilson, A.L. (2015). Speaking of the sea in the Azores islands: We sometimes went for lapas. Presentation at Heritages and Memories from the Sea, First International Conference UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Tradition Know-How: Linking Heritage. Évora. Portugal, 14-16 January 2015.
Neilson, A.L. (2014). Reflecting on European education research: Sustainable power of metaphors in our understanding and practice. Presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research, ECER Porto, Portugal, 1-5 September, 2014.
Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2014). Múltiplas perspectivas sobre conhecimento, política e ciências do mar: Educação para um futuro sustentável. Presentation for ALICE Epistomologies of the South July 10-12, 2014.
Gabriel, R., Neilson, A. L. & Arroz, A. M. (2013). RCE AÇORES: Desenvolvimento sustentável em ilhas (RCE Açores: Sustainable development on islands). Poster presentation Conferência Internacional Cidadania para a Sustentabilidade. Centro de Congressos do Estoril, Estoril, 2-5 July, 2013.
Neilson, A. L., Einarsson, N., Enns, G., & Papatsie, L. (2013). Surrounded by the ocean: Processes and grounded examples of education “within context”. Presented at the World Environmental Education Congress, WEEC Marrakesh, Morocco, 9-14 June, 2013.
Neilson, A. L., & Bulhão Pato, C. (2013). Survival of the fittest footprint: Exploring the power of metaphors in our understanding and practice. Presented at the World Environmental Education Congress, WEEC Marrakesh, Morocco, 9-14 June, 2013.
Neilson, A. L., & Arroz, A. M. (2012). Images championing freedom, education and development for all. Presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research, ECER Cádiz, Spain, 18-21 September, 2012.
Neilson, A. L. (2012). An emerging network – Can research for education for sustainable development champion freedom, education and development for all? Presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research, ECER Cádiz, Spain, 18-21 September, 2012.
Arroz, A. M., Gabriel, R., & Neilson, A. (2012). Fenomenografia, diversidade conceptual e o sorriso do gato de Alice. Presentation at Colóquio Internacional «Métodos Qualitativos em Ciências Sociais e Humanas: Perspetivas e Experiências» Ponta Delgada, 5 e 6 de Junho de 2012.
Neilson, A.L., & Gabriel, R. (2011). Knowledge-Policy Relationships in the Azores: Respecting or Consuming Fishers? Poster presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research, ECER Berlin, 12-16 September, 2011.
Neilson, A.L., (2011). Stories that fill and empty the ocean: How voice and culture construct an environment education. Presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research, ECER Berlin, 12-16 September, 2011.
Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2011). Respecting fish, fishers and fishing. Panel “Oceans of the Future”, People Make Places - ways of feeling the world, 10th international SIEF congress, Lisboa, 17-21 April 2011.

Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2011). Perspectives about the Sea in the Azores, Portugal and Newfoundland, Canada. ‘It’s Not Just About the Fish’ Social and cultural perspectives of sustainable marine fisheries, Greenwich, UK 4-5 April 2011.


Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2010). Perspectives about the sea in the Azores, Portugal and Newfoundland, Canada: Respecting fish, fishers and fishing. Presentation for Coastal Cultures in Times of Change, Centre of State & Lifemode Analysis, Slettestrand, Denmark, 25- 26 November, 2010.
Neilson, A.L., Gabriel, R., Arroz, A.M., & Mendonça, E. (2010). Eating, jigging or watching? Ocean heritage and sustainable development. Presentation for Heritage 2010, 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Évora, Portugal, June 23-26, 2010.
Neilson, A.L. (2009). Storying the sea: Science, tourism and intangible heritage in the Azores and Newfoundland. Presentation for Sharing Cultures, International Conference on Intangible Heritage, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, May 30-June 01, 2009.

Neilson, A. L., Gabriel, R., & Ronald, M. (2009) International perspectives about the sea and sea life: Cetaceans and whale watching. Roundtable for the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, May 10-14, 2009.

Neilson, A. L. (2009). Overview of the arts niche, final conference plenary for the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, May 10-14, 2009.

Neilson, A. L. (2009). Dancing the World. Roundtable for the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, May 10-14, 2009.

Arroz, A. M., Gabriel, R., & Neilson, A. L. (2009). Knowledge and commitment: Challenging childrens’ environmental perspectives. Poster for the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, May 10-14, 2009.

Neilson, A. L. (2009). Reconciling Diverse Perspectives for Cetacean Conservation. Workshop for the annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Istanbul, Turkey, Feb 28-Mar 3, 2009.

Neilson, A. L. (2008/2009). Disrupting privilege, identity, and meaning: A reflexive dance of environmental education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers for CFP: 5th International E-Conference on Qualitative Research 

Gabriel, R., Arroz, A. M., Neilson, A. L. & Rodrigues, L. C. (2009). O Ambiente não é qualquer coisa!: diversidade de perspectivas das crianças. Presentation at 10º Congresso em Psicologia Ambiental. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Lisboa. 28 a 30 de Janeiro, 2009.

Neilson, A. L., (2008). Ecological identity: Islands in a vast ocean. Presentation for the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Environmental Education and Communication, EECOM, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Sept 25-28, 2008.

Neilson, A. L., Rodrigues, L. C., Gabriel, R., & Arroz, A. M. (2008). Making environmental meaning. Presentation for the 1st International School Congress, Environment, Health and Education. Braga, Portugal. May 8-10, 2008.

Neilson, A. L., Rodrigues, L. C., Gabriel, R., & Arroz, A. M. (2008). Considering relationships of words, thoughts and “knowledge”: Following ecological principles to enhance research and education. Presentation for the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Aug 3-8, 2008.

Neilson, A. L., Stevens, D., Fraser, A. B., Xu, S., Zhu, H., Ashraf, D., & London McNab, S. (2008). Navigating the Doctoral Experience: Seven women’s stories of multicultural collaboration and growth. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 31 – June 3, 2008.

Neilson, A. L. (2006). Dancing with ecological identity and environmental justice. Presented at the annual Conference of the Canadian Network for Environment Education and Communication and Interpretation Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 19-22, 2006.

Neilson, A. L., & Hart, P. (2005). Being reflexive in environmental education research. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education Pre-Conference Research Symposium. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct 25, 2005.


Neilson, A. L. (2005). Collaboration in environmental education and research. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct 27, 2005.
Neilson, A. L. (2005). Social critical perspectives on environmental education research: storytelling and retelling. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Ecological & Environmental Sig, Montreal, April 12, 2005.
Neilson, A. L. (2004). Diversity among environmentalists in Canada: Exploring plurality within groups rather than comparing between groups. Presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative International Education Society, Salt Lake City, Mar 9, 2004.
Neilson, A. L. (2004). Applying radical environmental ethics to environmental education research. Presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education. Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov 5, 2004.
Neilson, A. L. (2004). Environmental educators with social critical perspectives: story (re)telling. Presented at the annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov 6-10.
Neilson, A. L. & Xu, S. (2003). Breaking new ground in understanding the interactions in teaching and learning. Presented at the Holistic Learning Conference, Toronto, October 24-26, 2003.
Neilson, A. L., Xu, S. & Steven, D., (2003), DO-AS-a-Team: A group transformative learning experience. Presented at Lifelong citizenship learning, participatory democracy & social change, an International Conference, Toronto Oct 17-19, 2003.
Neilson, A. L., (2003). The “true?!” story of the big bad wolf. Presented at the annual meeting of Environmental Education and Communication Association of Canada. Summerside, Prince Edward Island, September 25-28, 2003.
Neilson, A. L. (2002). Environmental education as social dance. Presented at the annual meeting of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Toronto, May 28-30, 2002.
Neilson, A. L. (2002). Dancing to know, knowing to dance: Dance as environmental education. Presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education annual meeting, Toronto, May 28-30, 2002.

Neilson, A. L. (2001). Sharing Environmental Ideas. Presented at the annual meeting of Environmental Education and Communication Association of Canada. Whitehorse, July 18-20, 2001.


Neilson, A. L. (1990). Population ecology of Myotis lucifugus. Presented at the annual symposium of the North American Bat Research Association, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 24-26, 1990.
Neilson, A. L. (1989). Bats and bat houses at the Chautauqua Institute, New York. Presented at the annual symposium of the North American Bat Research Association, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 19-21, 1989.
Neilson, A. L. (1989). Breeding behaviour of captive macaws. Presented at the annual Ontario Biology Days symposium, London, Ontario, March 18-19, 1989.

Invited presentations

Neilson, A.L. (2016). Casting nets for social inclusion: Weaving partnerships across the sea. Public presentation and debate, Porto do Abrigo, Pontal Delgada, March 11, 2016.
Neilson, A. L., (2016). Environmental justice and knowledge production in the Azores Islands. Presentation for SCOPE ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, 12 January 2016.
Neilson, A.L. (2013). Understanding and Combatting the Continued Colonization of Atlantic Island Nations: The Azores. Guest lecture Sea Semester Class C-250-Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, Woods Hole, MA, November 7, 2013.
Neilson, A.L. (2012). Plan for Maritime Spatial Planning of the Azores and the implementation of the Policy Framework "Marine Strategy": Why and how to engage the public. Presented at ”Knowing the sea of Azores. Science forum for policy II”, João José de Graça Public Library and Regional Archives, Horta, Pt. July 9-10, 2012.
Neilson, A.L. (2011). Photography and environmental education. Presentation. RAVE - Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition, Museum of Angra do Heroísmo, Pt, October 2, 2011.
Neilson, A.L. (2011). How do we understand the sea? Presented at “Knowing the sea of Azores. Science forum for policy”. João José de Graça Public Library and Regional Archives, Horta, Pt. January 19-20, 2011.
Neilson, A. L. (2010). Diversity of voices of the islands, EDUMAR: Perspectives about the ocean from Azores and Newfoundland, women´s perspectives. Panel presentation with UMAR Açores, III Fish Congress, Federation of Azorean Fishers, Angra do Heroísmo, Pt, September 23-25, 2010.
Neilson, A. L. (2010). Diversity of voices of the islands, EDUMAR: Perspectives about the ocean from Azores and Newfoundland. Presentation for Knowing and Protecting Nature: 2010 International Year for Biodiversity, CITAA – Biodiversity Group of the Azores, Angra do Heroísmo, Pt. May 28, 2010.
Neilson, A. L. (2010). Deconstructing Environmental Stories for Environmental Justice – Panel discussion about documentary film, “The Cove”. Culturangra, Angra do Heroísmo, April 27, 2010.
Neilson, A. L. (2010). Eating, fishing, studying or visiting: Who decides the direction and the destiny? Roundtable “Environmental education: Among routes and destinations” for XVII Congress for Environmental Education Pedagogy, Ponta Delgada, Pt. January 28-31, 2010.
Neilson, A. L. (2010). Perspectives about the Sea, Whales & Tourism in the Azores & Newfoundland. Portuguese and English presentation to Casa dos Açores, Toronto, January 08, 2010.
Neilson, A. L. (2009). Atlantic islands: Perspectives on the sea. Keynote for Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John´s, NL, November 19, 2009.
Neilson, A.L. (2009). Azores and Newfoundland on the Sea. Presentation to the Woman’s Institute, Dunville, NL, November 10, 2009.
Neilson, A. L. (2009). Activism in the noughties. The Great Debate, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK, March 15, 2009.
Gabriel, R. & A. L. Neilson (2008). As nossas árvores (Our trees). Presentation to Escola Básica da Carreirinha. Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal, April 11, 2008.
Neilson, A. L. (2006). Reflecting on power and privilege within outdoor education. Keynote for the Council for Outdoor Educators of Ontario, COEO, Toronto. September 29, 2006.
Neilson, A. L. (2006). Becoming an ally versus seeking “diversity” in outdoor education. Panel presentation for the Council for Outdoor Educators of Ontario, Toronto. September 30, 2006.
Neilson, A. L. (2005). Power and equity in teaching and research. Guest lecture for International and Global Education, B.Ed. Program, OISE/ University of Toronto. November 23, 2005
Neilson, A. L. (2005). Power, self-reflexion and sustainable development. Guest lecture for Curriculum Theory and Design, Master of Education Program, Brock University. November 30, 2005.
Neilson, A. L. (2002). Dancing for environmental education. Workshop for the International Training for Environmental Leadership Exchange Canada/Brazil. October 30 & November 1, 2002.
Neilson, A.L. (2001). Environmental Education Case Study, Canadian Wildlife Federation & Evaluation Methods for Environmental Education. International Model Forest Secretariat Workshop for Developing Environmental Education for Chiloé. Bosque Modelo, Chile, May 31 - June 3, 2001
Fenton, M. B., Hickey, M. B. C., Acharya, L., Audit, D., & Neilson, A. L. (1990). Bat research and conservation workshop. Bat Conservation International. Washington, D.C. April, 7-8, 1990
JOURNAL REFEREE

Andragogical Studies, the Journal for the Study of Adult Education and Learning

Australian Journal of Environmental Education (referee for period 2009 – 2013)

Environmental Education Research

Curriculum Inquiry

Island Studies Journal

Transnational Curriculum Inquiry

The Australian New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP & SERVICE



Co-coordinator, Centre for Social Studies, CES, nuclei: Science, Economy and Society (NECES)

Co-Convenor, Network 30 Environmental & Sustainability Education Research, European Education Research Association, elected 2016

Co-Convenor, Emerging Researchers Group, European Education Research Association, 2012-2016

ESER Policy and Governance Group Member, Network 30 Environmental & Sustainability Education Research, European Education Research Association, 2015-2016

Arts-informed Research Group – initiated December 15, 2015, research support group with monthly working meetings, intern to help develop and communicate to begin in Feb 2016

Member, Portuguese Society for Science of Education, SPCE, current

Member, European Education Research Association, EERA, current

Accredited Trainer, Regional Secretary for Education and Training, Government of Azores DREAçores/EFRA/001/2017, D08 Environmental Education, 2010 – 2016 (2017-1023)

2014 Network 30 local conference outreach, European Education Research Association, Porto, Pt

2013 Scientific Committee, 7th World Environmental Education Congress, WEEC7, Marrakesh 9-14, Niche: Creative impulses

Conference Chair, “Exploring the wealth of coastal fisheries: Listening to community voices” Conference-Community Input Hybrid, 21 -24 October 2011 Angra do Heroísmo & Ponta Delgada, Pt.

Coordinator, 2009-14, for “RCE Açores” (Portugal) Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, program of United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies

2008-9 Niche Chair, 5th World Environmental Education Congress, WEEC5, Montreal 10-14, May, 2009 Niche - Art: imagination, creativity, and meaning

2005 Conference Co-chair


Annual conference of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication “Ripples 2005 – Environment, Education and Culture” Huntsville, Ontario.

Ontario Representative on Steering Committee

Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, 2002-2006


Advising Committee

“Lifelong citizenship learning, participatory democracy and social change”, an International Conference, Toronto October 17-19, 2003


Founding Member

Environmental Education and Sustainability Network (Canada & Mexico), 2002-2007



Steering Committee GTA Envirothon - Ontario Forestry Association, 1999 - 2002

Member, North American Association for Environment Education, 1999-2007

Member, European Cetacean Society, 2008-2010

Member, American Educational Research Association, 2003-present

Member, Environmental Studies Association of Canada, ESAC, 2002-2008

Member, Learning and Study Skills Association, LASSA, 2002-2005

Member, Comparative and International Education Society, CIES, 1999-2008

Geoscience Steering Committee, South Africa's Year of Science and Technology initiative, 1998

Professional Wildlife Biologist Certification, The Wildlife Society, 1999


Neilson CV




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