Allison Goebel


Allison GoebelContact Information

Office: Rm 3125 Biosciences Complex
Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
K7L 3N6

Department & Associations

Dr. Allison Goebel is a Queen's National Scholar.  As of July 1, 2010, she is the first full faculty member for The School of Environmental Studies.

Dr. Goebel holds cross-appointments in the departments of Gender Studies, Sociology, Global Development Studies and Cultural Studies.


Please direct inquiries to the contact information provided.

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Academic Training

B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Saint Mary's), Ph.D. (Alberta)

General Academic Interests

She is a sociologist whose main research interests include:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Women, Health and Environment
  • Local Food Issues/Movements
  • Gender, Environment and Development in Africa - especially Southern Africa, including use or Management of Natural Resources, Social Forestry, Agriculture, Urbanization and Housing, Social Impacts of Climate Change

Place and Citizenship. Case Studies on the Borders of CitizenshipLyon, Cherstin and Allison Goebel (eds). The Frontiers of the Political Series (Rowman and Littlefield Press. 2018).

On Their Own - Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015)

Gender and Land Reform: The Zimbabwe Experience (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005). Gender and Land Reform book cover On Their Own Book Cover

Recent publications include:

  • Chapters in Books

    2022. “Education for Sustainability: An Ecological Citizenship Approach in a Neoliberal Age” in The Future of Sustainability Education at North American Universities edited by Naomi Krogman and Apryl Bergstrom. Edmonton: U. of Alberta Press. Chapter 12: 189-200.

    2018. “Gendered Citizenship in Urban South Africa post-1994: Welfare and Rights as Justice for Women?” In Place and Citizenship. Case Studies on the Borders of Citizenship. Rowman and Littlefield Press.

    2014. Belinda Dodson and Allison Goebel. “Gender and Food Security” in D.L. Kleinman, K.A. Cloud-Hansen and J. Handelsman (eds). Controversies in Science and Technology. Volume 4. From Sustainability to Surveillance. Oxford University Press: 137-149.


    “Stories to Tell: Africans and the Diaspora Respond to the Lang Collection”. Curated by Allison Goebel and Marc Epprecht. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. April 30, 2016-April 8, 2018.

    Articles in Refereed Journals

    2022. Kaitlin Gibson, Alina Dixon, Allison Goebel & Susan Bartels. “Love, sex, and Exchange in the Context of Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, International Peacekeeping, Vol. 29 (4): 678-705. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2022.2094781

    2022. Allison Goebel and Marc Epprecht. “Decolonizing an African Art Collection in Canada? Reflections on the exhibition “Stories to Tell: Africans and the Diaspora Respond to the Lang Collection” 2016-2018.” Canadian Journal of African Studies 56 (1): 1-35. (

    2020. Graham, Peter, Cassandra Kuyvenhoven, Rena Upitis, Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Eli Scheinman, Colin Khan, Allison Goebel, R. Stephen Brown and Alice Hovorka. “The Emotional Experience of Sustainability Courses: Learned Eco-Anxiety, Potential Ontological Adjustment” Journal of Education for Sustainable Development: 14(2): 190-204. 10.1177/0973408220981163

    2016. Hlahla, S., A. Goebel, T.R. Hill .Green Economy: A strategy to alleviate urban poverty and safeguard the environment?  KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaUrban Forum   27 (1): 113-127.

    (first online October 2015)

    2015. Hlahla, S., T.R. Hill and A. Goebel. “‘No longer going to sleep hungry’: Income generation through urban ‘green-preneurship’, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”.  Skills @ Work. Theory and Practice Vol. 7, 2014: 67-77 (published December 2015).

    2011. Allison Goebel and Belinda Dodson. “Housing and Marginality for Female-Headed Households: Observations from Msunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)” Canadian Journal of African Studies 45(2) 240-272.

    2011. 'Our Struggle is for the Full Loaf’: Protests, Social Welfare and Gendered Citizenship in South Africa” Journal of Southern African Studies, 37(2): 369-388.