STEFANOVIC, INGRID Contact Areas of Interest

Stefanovic, Ingrid
170 S George Street, Room 428
Toronto, ON  M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-3676
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  • Worldviews and environmental decision making
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental and architectural phenomenology, including Heidegger and Continental Philosophy.
  • Through the Center for Humans and Nature, part of a team investigating the convergence of care ethics and the ethics of place from the perspectives of bioethics, phenomenology, epistemology, geography, planning and environmental ethics


Dr. Stefanovic is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests relate to how taken for granted worldviews, values and perceptions affect environmental decision making. She served as Founding Director of UofT’sCentre for Environment (2005 – 2010) and currently is a Senior Scholar at the Center for Humans in Nature in Chicago and New York, as well as an Academic Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, Virginia.

She has served as Executive Co-Director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and is a recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Scholarship and Teaching. Her courses cover themes of Environmental Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Water Ethics and Climate Ethics. Books include Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development (SUNY 2000) and The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment,co-edited with Stephen Scharper (University of Toronto Press 2012.)

Primary Teaching

  • PHL273H: Environmental Ethics
  • PHL373H: Issues in Environmental Ethics
  • PHL413H: Seminar in Applied Ethics (Climate Ethics)
  • JVP2147H: Environmental Philosophy (Graduate course on Water Ethics)

Selected Publications

The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment, co-edited with Stephen Scharper, University of Toronto Press, 2012.

“Honoring the Landscape through Thoughtful Decision Making”, Minding Nature, May 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 12-18.

“Sustainability and the City,” in Environmental Ethics for Canadians, Edited by Byron Williston, Oxford University Press, 2012. pp. 373-379.

“House of Dreams: Reading Architectural and Natural Environments,” in Indian Journal of Eco-Criticism, Vol. 2, August, 2009. Pp. 90-99.

“Holistic Paradigms of Health and Place: How Beneficial are they to environmental policy and practice?” in Sense of Place, Health and Quality of Life, “Geographies of Health” series, Ashgate Publishing, 2008. Pp. 45-57. Edited by John Eyles and Allison Williams.

Other Information

For more information about the Center for Humans and Nature (Chicago and New York) where Professor Stefanovic has been invited to serve as a Senior Scholar, please see

For more information about the recently-published book entitled The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment,co-edited with Stephen Scharper, please see