BSc (Toronto); MAdEd (St FX); PhD (Dalhousie)

Adjunct Professor; Graduate Studies Co-ordinator

Dr. Elizabeth Townsend is an adult educator with a background that spans almost 35 years of program and
curriculum design, program implementation and program evaluation in adult community mental health services in
Prince Edward Island and higher education at Dalhousie University. She completed a distance education MAdEd on
program development and evaluation, and a PhD on critical perspectives in adult education. In 1998, as both
Director and the School’s first Graduate Coordinator, she launched Canada’s first, fully on-line MSc(OT-PostProfessional)
degree. Her interests in adult education include social and political theories of justice & human
rights, institutional ethnography (research theory and method), the capabilities approach, human rights education,
and older adult learning, particularly transformative teaching and learning.

Recent Publications

Multi-stakeholder partnership in teacher education and development

Comparative and international education/Education comparee et internationale, 2016

Critical occupational literacy

Journal of Occupational Science, 2015

Eco-social Occupational Therapy

British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2015

Occupational justice-bridging theory and practice

Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2014

Occupational justice

Willard and Spackman's occupational therapy, 2014

Research Classification

  • No classification given

Research Interests

  • Social and political theories of justice & human rights
  • Institutional ethnography
  • Human rights education
  • Older adult learning
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