School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)

School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)

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School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)

Waterloo, Canada 

School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
University of Waterloo


SEED develops knowledge, tools and expertise that integrate business and development activities with environmental and social objectives in order to realize a sustainable world.

Main Activities 

Through our teaching programs, research and outreach activities SEED is a nationally recognized leader in integrating sustainability into economic and social processes.

Our core expertise lies across several inter-related areas:
· sustainability management
· international and local development practice
· social innovation

One of the unique strengths of SEED is the bringing together of these constituent elements within the School, which enables our researchers and students to draw across disciplinary boundaries and problem domains in order to view seemingly intractable issues in new ways and from different perspectives.

Our team (Marion Brown, Karen Robertson (Indev UG Advisor), Cheri Oestreich (EB UG Advisor), Teresa Wilson (Grad Advisor – MEB/MCC (geog.), Katherine MacLean (Grad Advisor – MDP, LED, SUSM), Joanne Adair (Experiential Learning and Business Outreach) and Grainne Ryder (Indev Field Placement Coordinator – St. Pauls) have continued to be major contributors to SEED’s success.

In 2013, Seed researchers collectively published 1 book, 26 book chapters and 19 journal articles, as well as 5 major reports to government and industry. SEED faculty continued to successfully attract research funding from major granting agencies, government agencies and private funders, such as foundations, NGOs and industry. New awards in 2013/14 included grants from SSHRC (Insight & Partnership), the Metcalfe Foundation, Sustainable Prosperity, OMAFRA, Agricultural Canada, Intact Insurance, Industry Canada, and Suncor Foundation.

Organizational Structure 

The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development was created in 2009 in order to consolidate undergraduate and graduate programs in environment and business, international development, local economic development and social innovation generation within a single academic unit in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment. SEED has approximately 1000 students, sixteen full-time faculty members and twelve staff members. Several university-level research centres are associated with SEED, including the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience and the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation.


Dr. Neil Craik