Dr. Joanne Moyer

Assistant Professor Environmental Studies and Geography P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8137
  • * Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, University of Manitoba, 2013
  • * Master of Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 2006
  • * Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, University of Winnipeg, 2003
  • * Bachelor of Theology, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 2001

Joanne is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies and Geography. She received her PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba in 2013 and started working at The King’s University in 2015. She teaches courses such as Introduction to Sustainability, Landscapes and Human Settlements, and The Study of Voluntary Simplicity. Her recent research explores faith-based organizations engaged in environmental work in Kenya and Canada. She has worked with the Mennonite Central Committee and currently serves as a council member for the Mennonite Creation Care Network.

Research interests

  • environmental sustainability within faith communities
  • learning for sustainability (Transformative Learning Theory)
  • community-based sustainability initiatives, public participation, and governance
  • worldviews, beliefs, and values about sustainability


  • GEOG 310: Landscapes and Human Settlements
  • ENVS 200: Introduction to Sustainability
  • ENVS 300: Humankind and the Biosphere
  • ENVS 491: Internship Reflections and Issues

Courses taught at other universities:

  • Readings in Natural Resource Management: Individual and Social Learning (University of Manitoba)
  • Study of Voluntary Simplicity (Canadian Mennonite University/University of Winnipeg, Menno Simons College)
  • Environmental Sustainability: A Global Dilemma (University of Winnipeg)
  • Introduction to Human Geography (Canadian Mennonite University)

Moyer, Joanne M., and A. John Sinclair. 2016. “Stoking the Dialogue on the Domains of Transformative Learning Theory.” Adult Education Quarterly 66(1): 39-56.

Moyer, Joanne M. 2015. “‘Let Earth Rest’: A Consumption Sabbath Tent Revival Meeting to Inspire Simplicity and Environmental Action.” Conrad Grebel Review 33(2): 270-281.

Moyer, Joanne M. 2015. “Faith-Based Sustainability in Practice: Case Studies from Kenya.” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 9(1): 42-67.

Moyer, Joanne M., A. John Sinclair, and Alan P. Diduck. 2014. “Learning for Sustainability among Faith-Based Organizations in Kenya.” Environmental Management 54(2): 360–372.

Sinclair, A. John, Wachiraporn Kumnerdpet, and Joanne M. Moyer. 2013. “Learning Sustainable Water Practices through Participatory Irrigation Management in Thailand.” Natural Resources Forum 37(1): 55-66.

Moyer, Joanne M., A. John Sinclair, and Harry Spaling. 2012. “Working for God and Sustainability: The Activities of Faith-Based Organizations in Kenya.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 23(4): 959-992.

Moyer, Joanne M., Peter N. Duinker, and Fay G. Cohen. 2010. “Old-Growth Forest Values: A Narrative Study of Six Canadian Forest Leaders.” Forestry Chronicle 86(2): 256-262.

Moyer, Joanne M., Rochelle J. Owen, and Peter N. Duinker. 2008. “A Forest Values Framework for Old-Growth.” The Open Forest Science Journal 1: 27-36. http://www.bentham.org/open/tofscij/openaccess2.htm

Moyer, Joanne, Patricia Fitzpatrick, Alan P. Diduck, and Beverly Froese. 2008. “Towards Community-Based Monitoring in the Hog Industry in Manitoba.” Canadian Public Administration Journal, 51(4): 637-658.

Diduck, Alan P., Joanne Moyer, and Erin Briscoe. 2005. “A Social Learning Analysis of Recent Flood Management Initiatives in the Red River Basin, Canada.” In: Sustaining Our Futures: Reflections on Environment, Economy and Society. Edited by D. Shrubsole and N. Watson. Waterloo, ON: Department of Geography Publication Series, University of Waterloo, 127-164.

Academic presentations (selected)
Moyer, Joanne M. 2015. “Faith-Based Environmental Work in Canada: A Profile.” Paper presented at the 21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management: “Understanding and Adapting to Change.” College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, June 13-18, 2015.

Moyer, Joanne M. 2014. “The Consumption Sabbath: Considering a Faith-Based Initiative to Inspire Simplicity and Environmental Action.” Paper presented at the Sound in the Land Conference: “Music and the Environment.” Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, June 5-8, 2014.

Moyer, Joanne M., Lisa Quinn, A. John Sinclair. 2014. “Individual Learning and Action for Sustainability: Insights from Kenya and Canada.” Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers Conference: “Borders without Boundaries.” Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, May 26-30, 2014.

Moyer, Joanne. 2013. “Faith, Sustainability, and Learning in Kenya and North America.” Paper presented at School of the Environment’s Research Day. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, April 17, 2013.

Moyer, Joanne. 2012. “Learning, Faith, and Sustainability: Considering the Work of Faith-Based Organizations in Kenya.” Paper presented at the International Geographical Congress: “Down to Earth.” University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, August 26-30, 2012.

Moyer, Joanne, A. John Sinclair, and Harry Spaling. 2012. “Working for God and Sustainability: The Activities of Faith-Based Organizations in Kenya.” Paper presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference: “Environmental Knowledge: People and Change.” University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, May 30-June 1, 2012.

Moyer, J., P.N. Duinker and F. Cohen. 2006. “Values and Attitudes toward Old-Growth Forest: A Narrative Study of Leaders in Canada’s Forest Sector.” Paper presented at the International Symposium for Society and Resource Management: “Social Sciences and Resource Management: Global Challenges and Local Responses.” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, June 3-8, 2006.

Community service

  • Council member of the Mennonite Creation Care Network (2005-present)
  • Climate Change Working Group: Mennonite Church Canada (2015-2016)
  • Peace Advisory Committee: Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba (2011-2015)
  • Braintree Creation Care Centre Advisory Committee: Canadian Mennonite University (2008-2010)
  • Advisory Group Member for Simply in Season cookbook (2004-2005)

Community presentations
Moyer, Joanne. 2015. “Connecting to Creation Care” and “Acting on Creation Care.” Adult Sunday School Series presented at Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg, MB. March 29, and April 12, 2015.

Moyer, Joanne. 2014. “Connectedness, Climate Change, and Hope.” Meditation presented at Mennonite Church Assembly: “Wild Hope: Faith for an Unknown Season.” Winnipeg, MB, July 3-6, 2014.

Moyer, Joanne. 2012. “Blessed Are the Tree Huggers?” Sermon preached at Home Street Mennonite Church. Winnipeg, MB. July 15, 2012.

Moyer, Joanne. 2011. “Ecology: Connections Far and Near.” Adult Sunday School Class, First Mennonite Church. Winnipeg, MB. September 18, 2011.

Moyer, Joanne, Jane Snyder, and Darren Kropf. 2011. “Living More with Less.” Workshop presented at Mennonite Church Canada Assembly: “It’s Epic: Remembering God’s Future.” Waterloo, ON, July 4-8, 2011.

Moyer, Joanne. 2010. “The Conserving Vision of Aldo Leopold.” Conservation/Nature Talk Series sponsored by A Rocha Prairie Canada. South Central Regional Library, Morden, MB. April 29, 2010.

Neufeld, David, Lisa, Enns Bogoya, Dave Hockman-Wert, and Joanne Moyer. 2008. “Ecological Prayer Walk.” Workshop presented at Mennonite Church Canada USA/Mennonite Church Canada People’s Summit for Faithful Living: “At the Crossroads: Promise and Peril.” Winnipeg, MB, July 8-10, 2008.