Juliette Colinas has a life-long interest in environmental issues. This led her to first study Biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal. Meanwhile she discovered Genomics, and pursed a doctorate in that field, which she completed in 2006 at Duke University in Durham, USA. This experience made her curious about the social and historical underpinnings of the scientific process, and brought her back to her initial interest in environmental issues, but this time from a social perspective.

After spending some time working as a helper on organic farms and studying Philosophy, she turned to Environmental Sociology, and completed an MSc in Environment at McGill University in 2016. See here for more information, and here for a list of publications.

Juliette Colinas

Research Interests:

Juliette’s overarching interest concerns developing lifestyles that contribute to making human beings happier and healthier and that are more sustainable in the long term. The four pieces of this puzzle that have been of most interest to her until now are individual behavior and psychology (including personality psychology), the social realm (place attachment, social capital, collaboration, culture), how human-made spaces affect these and vice-versa, and the interactions between the higher-level components of society (non-linearity, spread of knowledge, role of science, directionality of the overall system). Her Master’s research project was a case-study of the socio-environmental impacts of a public urban orchard. In general, she believes that we need to be more attentive to the three-dimensional structural organization of things and to learn to think more in terms of Complex Systems. She is interested in theoretical and empirical approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods. Juliette recently joined the Citizenship under Conflict team. Potential research avenues include whether the scale of the place to which people feel an attachment (or, of which they feel citizens) influences their level of environmental awareness and behavior.


Key Terms:

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Sustainability Science
  • Complex Systems
  • Urban Planning
  • Social Capital
  • Place Attachment
  • Urban Agriculture