Mishka Lysack

Research & Scolarship Leave (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)


Calgary Campus

PhD, Education and Social Work

McGill University


McGill University


University of Western Ontario

BA Honours

Carleton University

Contact information


MacKimmie Tower : MT411

Research Activities

Research areas

  • Environment and Sustainability
  • International
  • Trauma and Violence/Violence Prevention

Current Research Projects

In his research, Dr. Lysack is currently focusing on the best practices in Germany regarding their renewable energy transition (energiewende) and climate protection (klimaschutz), and how those best practices could be translated into the Canadian context of the federal, provincial, and municipal/community levels. He is also focused on research on the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, facilitating social and economic change to address these impacts, and effective public policy and change processes to facilitate this transition. 

Dr. Lysack works in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to bring leading researchers and sector leaders in renewable energy and climate protection to Canada, to build the capacity of sector leaders to provide effective public leadership. Through a series of SSHRC grants, Dr. Lysack has developed public education and knowledge mobilization methodologies making cutting-edge research available to enable a renewable energy transition (energiewende) and climate protection (klimaschutz).


Dr. Mishka Lysack’s interest in climate and environmental protection, public policy, and political leadership has been a common theme throughout his career as a professor. Presently, he focuses his teaching, research, and community outreach in the areas of climate change and environmental protection, renewable energy, and sustainable economies and communities. He specifically focuses on the intersection of climate and environmental protection with social and economic development. 

Dr. Lysack began his university teaching career in Ottawa at the Department of Social Work at Carleton University as well as on a graduate level in the Faculty of Education at Ottawa University and in the Conflict Studies Program and the Faculty of Human Studies at St. Paul University. 

In 2006, Dr. Lysack began teaching full-time at the University of Calgary, where he is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine. Since 2008, he has also taught courses at a graduate level in the Faculty of Environmental Design.


  • Canada West Foundation selected Dr. Lysack as one of "40 Extraordinary Canadians" for their book: "An Extraordinary West" because of his innovations in environmental education and leadership. 
  • Mount Royal University invited him at an International conference to dialogue with Preston Manning on the question: Is it possible to be a Green Tory? 
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded Feb 1, 2013 
  • Teaching Excellence Teaching Award 2010-2011, University of Calgary, April 2011 
  • Nominated for Sustainability in Curriculum Teaching Award (Runner-up), University of Calgary, 2010 
  • Certificate of Nomination, Instructor Excellence Award, University of Calgary, April 17, 2007 
  • Certificate of Nomination, Supervisor Excellence Award, University of Calgary, April 17, 2007 
  • Dean’s Honour List (top 10% of graduates), McGill University, PhD, 2004 
  • Doctoral Studies Fellowship - Canada Council (now SSHRC), 1978 
  • M. A. Studies Fellowship - Canada Council (now SSHRC), 1977 
  • Senate Medal and Scholarship (awarded to top 3 students in Arts Faculty graduating class at university), Carleton University, 1977