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Michal Bardecki PhD

OfficeJOR 626
Phone416-979-5000 x556175
Areas of Expertise1. Sustainable fashion 2. Corporate social responsibility 3. Nepal 4. Interdisciplinarity in research and education


Dr, Bardecki holds the position of Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. He also has held conjunct and associate positions at the University of Waterloo, Trent University and York University. Dr. Bardecki holds B.A. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. from York University. He is the author or co-author of over 120 published papers and reports.

His principal supervision of graduate students has been through the Toronto Metropolitan’s Environmental Applied Science and Management graduate programs. He has supervised more than 40 graduate students over the last 20 years, and in the same period was involved in over 100 other graduate examinations.

Dr. Bardecki played the instrumental role in the initiation curriculum development, and subsequent approval of Toronto Metropolitan’s undergraduate program in Environment and Urban Sustainability. He also played a key part in the development of Toronto Metropolitan's graduate programs in Environmental Applied Science and Management and he served as the Director from 2009 to 2015, and again in 2017.

As a co-author of the first IPCC report on climate change in 1991, Dr. Bardecki received a commendation from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007 for contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC. He has also received the Jim Peffers Award for “extraordinary contribution to interuniversity sports” at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Selected Publications

Bardecki, M.J. and L. McCarthy 2020 "Implementation of the Bondar Report: the state of environmental education in Ontario" Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 25, 113-131

Bardecki, M.J. and A. Millward 2020 “Interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration in undergraduate sustainability-based programs: a Canadian example of Environment and Urban Sustainability (EUS)” in W. Leal Filho, A.L. Salvia, R.W. Pretorius, L.L. Brandli, E. Manolas, F. Alves, U. Azeiteiro, J. Rogers, C. Shiel and A. Do Paco eds Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (Cham, Switzerland: Springer) 399-416

Jessop, A., N. Wilson, M.J. Bardecki and C. Searcy 2019 “Multinational and domestic agrochemical corporations in India: an analysis of the standardization of corporate environmental disclosures” Sustainability 11(18) 4843; doi:10.3390/su11184843

Bardecki, M.J. 2019 “Multi-disciplinarity” in W. Leal Filho ed Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education (Cham, Switzerland: Springer)

Kozlowski, A., M. Bardecki and C. Searcy 2019 “Sustainable fashion design tools: an analysis of their fitness for purpose” Sustainability 11(13) 3581;

Kozlowski, A., C. Searcy and M. Bardecki 2018 “The reDesign Canvas: fashion design as a tool for sustainability” Journal of Cleaner Production 183, 194-207

Mnyusiwalla, L. and M.J. Bardecki 2017 "Place-based environmental education in the Ontario secondary school curriculum" Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 22, 115-135

Cook, J.M. and M.J. Bardecki 2016 “The valuation of protected areas: tourists in Chitwan National Park, Nepal” in L. Bourdeau, M.G. Barbas and M. Robinson eds World Heritage Sites and Tourism: Global and Local Relations (London, UK: Routledge) 162-174

Kozlowski, A., C. Searcy and M. Bardecki 2016 "Innovation for a sustainable fashion industry: a design focused approach toward the development of new business models" in S.S. Muthu and M.A. Gardetti eds Green Fashion: Environmental Footprints and Eco-design of Products and Processes (Singapore: Springer Science+Business Media) 151-169