Dr. Gabrielle Donnelly

Associate Professor & Graduate & Honours Program Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her
Twitter: @gj_donnelly
  • Ph.D. California Institute of Integral Studies (Transformative Studies)
  • M.A., Dalhousie University (International Development)
  • B.A., University of Alberta (Comparative Religion)
  • Globalization and Governance Certificate, University of Alberta
Scholarly Interests & Expertise
I study, write, and teach about social change theories and practices in order to support leaders and communities to engage the complex issues of our times and create more compelling, equitable, and just futures. My work focuses on:
  • Creative futures & social change
  • Participatory leadership & equity
  • Complexity & systems thinking
  • Transdisciplinary research
Did You Know?
  • I have 12 years of facilitation and evaluation experience and I support equity and systems change initiatives with collaborators at The Outside
  • I work with communities, organizations, and networks locally and internationally, most recently Feed Nova Scotia, International Committee of the Red Cross in Switzerland and the New York City's Administration for Children Services.
  • Born in London, England and raised in the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Calgary, Alberta), I spend my time between Halifax (K’jipuktuk) and the Annapolis Valley. I'm British to the bone, Irish at heart, Albertan to the soles of my (cowgirl) boots, a settler committed to truth and reconciliation in Mi’kma’ki, and a troubled-but-engaged global citizen.
Highlights of Scholarly Work
  • I'm the co-editor of The International Handbook for Creative Futures, Routledge, December 2022
  • I recently published a chapter on Engaging Creative Tensions in Activist and Social Movement Spaces In E. Tilley (Ed.) Creative Activism: Research, Pedagogy and Practice, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2022).
  • I co-wrote an entry on "Creativity and the Future" for the Encyclopedia of Creativity published in 2019 by Academic Press.
  • I published a journal article in 2020 highlighting my doctoral research entitled "Leading change: The theory and practice of integrative polarity work" in World Futures, 76(8), 497-518.