Dr. Kathleen Kevany
Phone: (902) 893.6725
Faculty of Agriculture, Humanities House
PO Box 550
Truro, NS, B2N 5E3
- Social change
- Community development
- Sustainable Diets and Food for Good
- Consciousness, Mindfulness & Metacognition
- Positive psychology
- B.A., Carleton University, Ottawa
- M.Ed., O.I.S.E., University of Toronto
- Ed.D., O.I.S.E., University of Toronto
- EXTE3001 - Leadership Development and Social Action Process
- CMMT3000 - Human Communications, Cross Cultural Relations, & Conflict Resolution
- AGRI4001 - Systems Rethinking: Real World Problems in Agriculture, Food, & Well-being
- FOOD0020 - Food Issues and Current Topics
As I grew up in southwestern Ontario, Chatham and Blenheim, I, like many youth in the region, spent my summers working for a good income on farms in this region. I mostly enjoyed my summers detasseling corn, or planting tomatoes, as well as harvesting peppers and cucumbers. Working with cucumbers though was much lower on the ‘enjoyment scale’ as they are tough work. In France I picked grapes near the Cognac area and found this to be very hard work but the food and drink now that was worth it all!
My father continues to tell tales of his growing up on the family farm in Ireland. They had dairy cows and goats and planted and harvested forages and potatoes and other vegetables. Throughout our lives we practiced composting kitchen scraps for my father’s extensive urban garden. Our favorite was the taste of home grown, just picked tomatoes for a luscious toasted tomato sandwich.
As well as teaching for years in university and colleges, I also have managed my own counselling and consulting firm and served as a program manager with the Province of Ontario, largely on issues of human rights and social change. In continue to be active with the Nova Scotia Chapter of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Additionally, my years as a director of two multicultural and refugee settlement agencies enabled me to be familiar with issues of the social sector and non-profit management. I maintain a strong interest in and solidarity with First Nations Communities and their rights in a respectful Canadian democracy.
My community service started at the age of 11 at the local YMCA and continues today. In Truro I am on the Heritage Committee as well as the Equity and Diversity Committee for the Town Council. I also recently was asked to assist with the Stakeholder Roundtable for the Bay of Fundy S Environmental Assessment in Tidal Energy. I contribute to several national initiatives and engage myself in democratic processes.
On campus I have the privilege of being involved with many educational and impactful initiatives. I am the Director of Extended Learning. This is where our Faculty of Agriculture is extending research, learning and practice for agriculture and for life! I also am engaged with the Rural Research Centre as Director. In our work of bringing together other researchers striving to add value and insight to address pressing human problems, we have also aligned our work with the campus wide and regional efforts aligning agriculture and food to the many dimensions of well-being.
As part of campus service I actively engage in International Development and Education for Employment projects. We look for the active participation of staff, students and faculty in these exciting projects. Additionally I have been asked to be the representative for the Faculty of Agriculture on the Atlantic Agricultural Leadership Program.
Key Research Terms: well-being; social change; community development; community learning; consciousness; positive psychology
I recently was teaching in the Master of Adult Education program at StFX and researching on strategies for improving communities of practice and reducing the distance in distance education. With graduate students and some faculty at StFX we conducted and published findings from an empirical study about peer teaching and learning that may offer valuable insights for adult education and life-long learning at the Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture.
My research has been more broadly focused across disciplines to investigate into factors that mediate civil society; transformative learning; critical reflective practice; leadership and social change. As an example, I have investigated models of transformative education and social change and inquired into leadership roles played by former President of Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As well my research has included the editing of and contributing to an international collection on Water, Women, Waste, Wisdom, and Wealth. I am curious about the positive psychology of Transition Towns and the power of people to influence local practices and policies for sustainability. I welcome discussions about research and ideas about possible collaboration.
Peer Reviewed Chapters
- Kevany, K.M., Ma, J., Biggs, J, & MacMichael, M. (2017). Appreciating Living Well in Two Rural Nova Scotian Communities. Journal of Community Practice, 1-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2016.1269248
- Kevany, K.M. and MacMichael, M. Communities of knowledge and knowledge of communities: An appreciative inquiry into rural wellbeing, International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 7(1), 2014, 34-51 http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijcre/article/view/3392
- Kevany, K., Lange, E., Cocek, C., Baillie Abidi, C. (2013). Online Graduate Programs and Intellectual Isolation: Fostering Technology-Mediated Interprofessional Learning Communities in Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning, Vol. 1, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, (pp. 302-321). doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2181-7.ch020
- Kevany, K. M. (2012). Leadership for learning: Innovating with technology. In C. Wang (Ed.), Technology and Its Impact on Educational Leadership: Innovation and Change, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, (pp. 202-216). doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-0062-1.ch016
- Kevany, K. M. (2012). Learning together: Reducing distance in distance education. In C. Wang (Ed.), Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, (pp. 782-796). doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch057
- Sousa, E.C., Epp, S., Caldwell, W., Ashton, Wm., Kevany, K. Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture in Manitoba: Recovering from COVID-19. In K. Levasseur and A. Rounce (Eds.). Manitoba in Lockdown: Public Policy Responses during COVID-19 Pandemic (U of MB)
- Kevany, K. & Lauzon, A. Rural food: rights and remedies in Karen Foster & Jennifer Jarman (Eds.). Right to Rural
- Kevany, K.M. (2020). Opportunities and challenges with plant-rich strategies in K.M. Kevany (Ed.), Plant-based diets for succulence and sustainability. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 1-11
- Kevany, K.M. & Asagwara, C. (2020). Healthy eating and active living, in K.M. Kevany (Ed.), Plant-based diets for succulence and sustainability. London, UK: Routledge, pp.103-120.
- Baur, G. & Kevany, K.M. (2020). Shifting perceptions through farm sanctuaries, in K.M. Kevany (Ed.), Plant-based diets for succulence and sustainability. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 123-138.
- Lipsky, S. & Kevany, K.M. (2020). Plant-based food movements designed to increase health of individuals and the nation in K.M. Kevany (Ed.), Plant-based diets for succulence and sustainability. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 184-202.
- Kevany, K.M. (2020). Succulent and sustainability for life in K.M. Kevany (Ed.), Plant-based diets for succulence and sustainability. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 217-231
- Kevany, K. M., Baur, G., & Wang, G. C. (2019). Transitioning to Sustainable Food Choices: A Course Design. In W. Leal Filho & A. Consorte McCrea (Eds.). Sustainability and the Humanities, pp. 173-187. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95336-6_10
- Kevany, K. (2019). Conscious consumption & sustainable development. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Ed.. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_269-1
- Kevany, K. (2019). Sustainable diets for sustainable development, In W. Leal Filho (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Ed.. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_390-1
- Kevany, K. (2019). Ecopsychology and sustainable development. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Ed. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_387-1
- Kevany, K. M. & Fromstein, M. (2019). Ch 14- Rural health and well-being, In M. Vittuari, J. Devlin, M. Pagani, & T.G. Johnson (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rural Policy, Abington, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp. 237-252.
- Kevany, K.M. & Fromstein, M. (2019). Ch 20 - Sustainable regional food systems, In M. Vittuari, J. Devlin, M. Pagani, & T.G. Johnson (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rural Policy, Abington, Oxon, UK: Routledge, pp. 322-338.
- Kevany, K. M., Baur, G., & Wang, G. C. (2019). Transitioning to Sustainable Food Choices: A Course Design. In W. Leal Filho & A. Consorte McCrea (Eds). Sustainability and the Humanities, pp. 173-187. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95336-6_10
- Kevany, K.M. & Lynch, D. (2016). Commentary – Urban agriculture and its role in transformational agriculture. In R.L. France (Ed.), Integrated Urban Agriculture: Precedents, Practices, Prospects. Oxfordshire, UK: Libri Publishing, pp. 35-38
- Kevany, K. M. (2013). Learning together: Reducing distance in distance education. In C. Wang (Ed.), Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 782-796. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch057
- Hernandez, K.J., Gillis, D., Kevany, K., Kirk, S.F.L. (2020). Toward a common understanding of food literacy. Special issue in food pedagogy, Canadian Food Studies.
- Kevany, K. M., Baur, G., & Wang, G. C. (2018). Shifting food systems: Increasing well-being through plant-based approaches. EXPLORE, Journal of Science and Healing, 14(6), 435-442. Date of Electronic Publication: 2018 Aug 21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2018.04.012
- Kevany, K.M., Ma, J., Biggs, J, & MacMichael, M. (2017). Appreciating living well in two rural Nova Scotian communities. Journal of Community Practice, 15(1), pp. 29-47 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2016.1269248 On this paper, and the field study behind hit, I was team lead with undergraduate students and one graduate student.
- Corscadden, K. W., & Kevany, K. (2017). The TREEhouse: A hybrid model for experiential learning in environmental education. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 16(1), pp. 56-67 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1282334 Kenny led, I was second author
- Other refereed contributions
- Charlebois, S., McGintym E., Music, J. ……Kevany, K. (2020). Canada’s Food Price Report 11th Edition 2020. Dalhousie University and Guelph University.
- Charlebois, S., McGintym E., Music, J….. Kevany, K. (2019) Canada’s Food Price Report 10th Edition 2020. Dalhousie University and Guelph University.
- Kevany, K. & Jones-Bitton, A. (2020). Rural mental health during Covid19, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, CRRF Rural Insights Series on COVID-19 http://crrf.ca/ri-mentalhealth/
- Kevany, K. & O’Donnell, S. (2020). COVID-19 implications for food security and sovereignty. Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, CRRF Rural Insights Series on COVID-19 http://crrf.ca/ri-foodsecurity/
- Kevany, K.M. & Fromstein, M. (2018). Sustainable rural well-being and food sovereignty. Rural Policy Learning Commons, http://rplc-capr.ca/rural-governance-network/
- Kevany, K. (2020). Cultivate & Consume. Reimagine Nova Scotia. Dalhousie University
- Kevany, K. & Dekker, P. (2019). Report to the Senate Committee on “Growing Canada’s value-added food sector”. Opportunities for regional economic and rural social development.
- Robinson, D. & Kevany, K.M. (2018). Rural food sovereignty in Canada: Policy Brief 2018, Rural Policy Learning Commons, http://rplc-capr.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/RobinsonD.-2018-Rural-Food-Sovereignty-in-Canada-Policy-Brief.-.pdf
- Penner, S. & Kevany, K.M., & Longboat, S. (2018). Indigenous Food Sovereignty and the New Food Policy in Canada, 2018. Rural Policy Learning Commons
- Kevany, K.M. (2017). Data driven decisions: The need for plant-rich emphases in Canada’s Food Policy https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2017/07/government_of_canadaextendsafoodpolicyforcanadaconsultations0.html
Links to relevant sites & social media:
- ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3233-2873
- Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=dCLzMmcAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
- Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathleen-Kevany-2
- Eating a Vibrant Life (Kathleen's personal project and webpage to host seminars and to connect others with plant-based information): http://eatingavibrantlife.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathleenkevany?lang=en
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleen-kevany-31527ab/