Wright is the Director of Environmental Programmes in the Faculty of Science at
Dalhousie University and focuses her research in the emerging field of sustainability
in higher education (SHE). Tarah has published papers covering a wide range of
issues in sustainability and higher education including: developing definitions
and frameworks for sustainability in higher education; examining the challenges
and barriers to achieving sustainability within higher education institutions;
analyzing the implementation of the Halifax Declaration within Canadian signatory
universities; and using the Delphi Technique to consult stakeholders in the development
of an environmental policy implementation plan. Additionally, Tarah recently collaborated
on a participatory action research project focused on the development of indicators
of sustainability for Canadian universities.
is currently researching how Canadian universities have incorporated sustainable
development into their institutional Mission Statements and is developing case
studies that examine the incorporation and implementation of sustainable development
into the day to day operations of the university. Additional she is an educational
consultant for a capacity-building project in Vietnam and the Philippines funded
by the Canadian International Development Agency.
is a member of the Canadian Council of University Environmental Science Program
Heads; steering committee member for the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development
Research; caucus member of the Canadian Environmental Network Environmental Education
Caucus; former board member of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada;
reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education; and, has
acted as a guest editor for the International Journal of Sustainability in
Higher Education (vol. 4, no. 3, 2003).