Faculty and Staff:
Climate Change and Global Sustainability
EdD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Oberlin College
Nicolas Stahelin is an educator and political ecologist who has worked in the field of experiential learning, international and cross-cultural exchange, school-community partnerships, and higher education for nearly 15 years. He has a BA in environmental studies from Oberlin College, an MA in international educational development from Columbia University, and an EdD in international and comparative education, also from Columbia. His teaching and research engage with sustainability in global and comparative perspectives at the intersection of political ecology, environmental justice, globalization studies, and the sociology of education. In recent research, Nicolas examined the ideological divergence between critical environmental education movements in Brazil and UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He is an alum (fall 2000) and former program assistant (spring 2001, 2003–2004) of an SIT Study Abroad program in Brazil. More recently, he was the director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Columbia University. Nicolas is active on several research fronts and has published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Environmental Education and Environmental Education Research. He is a research collaborator on global climate change education policy programs with the Sustainability and Education Policy Network of the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and is engaged in a collaborative project investigating how a theoretical framework for climate justice can inform critical education for sustainability curricula and program design in post-secondary international education. His published doctoral research examined the ideological differences between critical environmental education movements in Brazil and UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development policy. Originally of Swiss-Brazilian nationality, Nicolas lived for 20 years in Brazil and Venezuela and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.