Roger Petry

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Dr. Roger Petry
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Dr. Roger A. Petry is an Associate Professor at Luther College at the University of Regina in the Department of Philosophy and Classics. He is a Rhodes Scholar and has obtained degrees in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Regina, philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) and philosophical theology from the University of Oxford, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. awarded in 2008 through the Canadian Plains Studies Program at the University of Regina. His doctoral thesis contrasts university innovation for sustainable development in relation to commercialization and open source licensing strategies. He is co-coordinator of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan (RCE Saskatchewan), one of 146 RCEs recognized globally by the United Nations University to help advance the U.N. Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from 2005-2014 and the new Global Action Programme on ESD. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and is married with two children.


Courses Taught

PHIL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 150 – Critical Thinking
PHIL 242 – Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 270 – Ethics
PHIL 272 – Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 277 – Ethical Issues in Science and Technology
PHIL 282– Philosophical Issues in Sustainable Development
PHIL 880AY – Environmental Ethics and Public Policy
PHIL 880-BK Philosophical Dimensions of Sustainable Livelihoods
PPE 200 – Foundations of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (participating instructor)
IDS 101 – Global Citizenship (participating instructor)
MATH 108 – Mathematical Problems, Ideas, and Personalities
RLST 288 – The Early Christian Church and Empire


Current Research and Community Work


Selected Recent Academic Publications and Presentations

Presented "Campus Sustainability Policies if Necessary (But Not Necessarily Campus Sustainability Policies)", Connecting Education and Environment Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, July 11, 2016.

Presented "Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Mobilizing Transformative Change for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)", International Conference on Education as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India. January 12, 2016.

With Lyle M. Benko, Takaaki Koganezawa, Tomonori Ichinose, Mary Otieno, and Ross Wade. "Regional Centres of Expertise as Mobilising Mechanisms for Education for Sustainable Development". In The Challenge of Sustainability: Linking Politics, Education and Learning. Edited by Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade. Bristol, U.K.: Policy Press, 2015. Ch. 8, p. 181-204.

With Betsan Martin, Laima Galkute, Olga Maria Bermudez Guerrero, Kim Smith, and Detlev Lindau-Bank. "The First 10 Years: Reflections and Prospects for RCEs Post-2014". In Building a Resilient Future Through Multistakeholder Learning and Action: 10 Years of Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. Edited by Zinaida Fadeeva, Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, Mario Tabucanon, and Kiran Banga Chhokar. Tokyo: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, 2014. Ch. 9, p. 206-236.

Presented “Advancing Education for Sustainable Development Through a Discipline: A Philosopher's Journey”, III Reunión de RCE América Unida, Centro Universitario de la Costa Sur, Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico, July 28, 2014

Presented, “Biblical and Cheyenne Stories as Accounts of Transitions to New Production Systems”. Religious Studies Ideas Series. University of Regina. February 7, 2014.

"Philosophy Etched in Stone: The Geometry of Jerusalem's Absalom Pillar." In Proceedings of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, vol. 26 (2013): 72-97.

With Zinaida Fadeeva and Unnikrishan Payyappallimana (eds.). “Towards More Sustainable Consumption and Production Systems and Sustainable Livelihoods”. Yokohama, Japan: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, 2012. [author/co-author of lead editorial, ch. 9, and ch. 15] Available from:

With David Ohreen. “Imperfect Duties and Corporate Philanthropy: A Kantian Approach”. Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 106, no. 3 (2012): 367-381. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-1002-y.

With Zinaida Fadeeva, Olga Fadeeva, Helen Hasslof, Asa Hellstrom, Jos Hermans, Yoko Mochizuki, and Kerstin. Sonesson, "Educating for Sustainable Production and Consumption and Sustainable Livelihoods: Learning from Multi-stakeholder Networks." I was the lead author and editor for this paper published in Sustainability Science vol. 6 (2011): 83-96. DOI 10.1007/s11625-010-0116-y.

With Peta White. “Building Regional Capacity for Sustainable Development through an ESD Project Inventory in RCE Saskatchewan (Canada)”. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development5:1 (March 2011): 89-100.

With Daryl Hepting. “Enabling Information Technology for the Emancipation of Physical and Natural Capital.” International Symposium for Environmental Software Systems (ISESS), Venice, Italy (October 9, 2009). Forthcoming in ISESS 2009 Proceedings.

With Timothy Maciag, Curt Schroeder, and Daryl Hepting. “Experiences in Designing an Online Support System to Facilitate Education for Sustainable Development.” International Symposium for Environmental Software Systems (ISESS), Venice, Italy (October 6, 2009). Forthcoming in ISESS 2009 Proceedings.

The Role of Free Knowledge at Universities and its Potential Impact on the Sustainability of the Prairie Region. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Regina, 2008.

With Tanya Dahms and  Dena McMartin. “Saskatchewan's (Canada) Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 9, no. 4 (2008): 382-401.

“Exploring New Political Identities: The Emergence of Free Objects.” Presented to the Philosophical Association of Religiously Affiliated Colleges. St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (March 24, 2007).

With Daryl Hepting. “Intellectual Capital, Open Source, and Sustainable Development: Implications for the Success of Canadian Firms in the New Economy.” In Proceeding from the 26th McMaster World Congress, Management of Intellectual Capital (January 19-21, 2005).

“Working on the Future: Sustainable Development Promises a New Role and Respect for Labour.”  Briarpatch Magazine 33, no. 7 (October 2004): 15-17.

“Walter Murray and the State University: The Response of the University of Saskatchewan to the Great Depression, 1930-1937.”  Saskatchewan History 56, no. 2 (fall 2004): 5-23.

“Ecological Institutionalism Theory and Sustainable Development.” Presented to the Western Canadian Philosophical Association. University of Lethbridge, Alberta, October 24, 2003.

“Sustainable Development and Canadian Universities: The Impact of Federal Research Policies on Knowledge Production Towards Ecological Sustainability.” Socialist Studies Bulletin 68 (Autumn 2002): 23-50.