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Brett Buchanan

Brett Buchanan

Professeur(e) titulaire | Directeur

Professeur émérite
École de l'environnement
F-322A, Édifice des sciences Campus de Sudbury


I am the founding Director of Laurentian's new School of the Environment (which includes Archaeology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Études de l'environnement, and Science Communication), as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy. At LU I'm affiliated with the Humanities M.A. and the Ph.D. in Human Studies, programs through which I teach and supervise graduate students. My teaching and research centers on the intersections of contemporary continental philosophy, environmental thought, and animal studies. In 2015 I was a Visiting Fellow at Curtin University (Australia), where I was able to  continue on-going research projects with colleagues in philosophical ethology.

Professionally, I sit on a number of scholarly boards and committees, including Wilfrid Laurier University Press's "Environmental Humanities" book series and Environmental Humanities journal. I have previously served as Secretary as well as VP of The Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC). At Laurentian I am a founding core member of the research Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC).

Within the community, I currently serve as an executive board member with reThink Green and Cinefest Sudbury, and have served on the board of the Laurentian Child and Family Centre, as well as coached some of my kids's sports teams. 

Recent CV, please click HERE.


Nomination professorale

Director, School of the Environment

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies

Core member, Humanities MA

Associate member, Human Studies PhD


My research interests concern the intersections of continental philosophy, philosophies of nature and the environment, animal studies, and the phenomena of endangered animals and species extinction. To this end I have two principle research projects on the go:

(i) philosophical ethology, including the translation of writers Dominique Lestel and Vinciane Despret (under contract with Angelaki and University of Minnesota Press's "Posthumanities" series). For information on these publications, please see the Publications tab above; 

(ii) an examination of multispecies communities, endangered animals, critical ecologies, and notions of resilience, particularly with a view to regional disturbances in northern Ontario.

Together with colleagues in the School of the Environment and in the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC), I host and hold various research events during the academic year.

More information available at: http://brettbuch.wordpress.com


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Aid to Small Universities Grant, Co-applicant (G Crozier PI), 2014-2017 ($90, 000 CDN)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, Collaborator (G Crozier PI), 2014-2016 ($62, 869 CDN)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grant, Principal Investigator (PI), 2013-2014 ($42, 984 CDN)
  • Laurentian University SSHRC Research Support Fund, PI, 2013-2015 ($5,000 CDN)
  • Laurentian University Research Fund Grant, PI, 2012 ($1,500 CDN)
  • Laurentian University Research Fund Grant, PI, 2008 ($1,400 CDN)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Hochschulsommerkurs, Friedrich Schiller Üniversität Jena, Jena, Germany, 2002 (€1,000+ board)
  • The John T. Richardson Fellowship, DePaul University. Karl-Eberhards Üniversität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, 2002 ($6,500 USD)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Grant, PI, 2000-2004 ($72,100 CDN)
  • Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship, PI, 1999 ($12,500 CDN)



Fall 2015: PHIL 2217: Environmental Ethics

Winter 2016: PHIL 3217: Philosophy of Nature and the Environment


Administrative leave (Director, School of the Environment; Chair, Department of Philosophy)


Fall 2013: PHIL 3476: Existentialism

Fall 2013: PHIL 3217: Philosophy of Nature and the Environment (theme: species extinctions)

Winter 2014: PHIL 4007: Honours Seminar (theme: philosophy and biopolitics)


CV (July 2015)

Selected publications: