Dr. Stephen Scharper

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Dr. Stephen Scharper

Dr. Stephen B. Scharper is a professor and scholar of the environment. He is Associate Professor with the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Scharper’s research and teaching is in the areas of environmental ethics, worldviews and ecology, as well as nature and the city. He is the author of Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment, and co-editor of a new volume, The Natural City: Re-envisioning Human Settlements (University of Toronto Press).

Embodying the values of “public scholarship” and a deep commitment to engaging with environmental issues, Dr. Scharper currently serves as a columnist for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CTV News, VISION-TV, CityPluse 24, and CBC’s Counterspin as well as CBC Radio’s “Tapestry” and “Sounds Like Canada.”

He has also contributed over 500 reviews and articles to various academic journals, including Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Environmental Philosophy, The University of Toronto Quarterly, Social Analysis, and has also published in more popular venues such as Commonweal, America, The Hour, The Montreal Gazette, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Scharper has taught at McGill University, Prescott College, the University of Waterloo, the University of Vermont, and the University of Notre Dame, where he held the John A. O’Brien Chair in Ethics as a Visiting Professor. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College.

Providing a unique blend of the scholarly and the accessible in both his teaching and public speaking, Dr. Scharper has spoken to and inspired a wide range of audiences and remains a much sought-after lecturer.

Professional Affiliation

Associate Professor
Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto

2013 Changing Lakes Forum

Environmental Film Festival 


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