Fostering cutting-edge research to reimagine human-environment interactions.

The Human Environments Workshop (HEW) is a research laboratory co-directed by anthropologists Noah Pleshet and Daniel Tubb at the University of New Brunswick.

We takes an infrastructural approach to environments, ranging from wild spaces to digital domains, while addressing questions of environmental justice, power, ownership, and resource control.

An incubator of ideas

HEW serves as an incubator of ideas and a hub of knowledge, providing an home at the University of New Brunswick for collective research and outreach aimed at rethinking the present and imagining alternative futures.

Addressing Urgent Changes

We seek to understand and address the urgent changes of our time and the need for change in the context of a planetary crisis affecting both humans and nonhumans.

Nurturing Researchers

We are committed to nurturing current and future generations of researchers who rethink the conditions for hope and support innovative, original research.

Bridging Domains

Our work bridges the natural and the digital, the built and the designed, while maintaining a critical political-economic perspective.

Research and Practice

HEW brings tougher specialists in humanistic environmental research and practice from a variety of educational backgrounds. HEW is unique in Atlantic Canada while providing a venue for rethinking the Atlantic world and beyond.

Climate Teach-In

Local educators, staff, and students in thinking about, talking about, and building communities committed to action on climate change.

“HEW considers human environments in their broadest perspective, opening up a discussion of the limits of the human and its interactions with the non-human world in different cultural spheres.”

Noah Pleshet

Co-Director, Human Environments Workshop