Isabel Orellana is a professor in the Department of Didactics and, since 2020, Director of the Centre de recherche en éducation et formation relatives à l'environnement et à l'écocitoyenneté - Centr'ERE, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is also a research member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences of this institution, of DIALOG - Research and Knowledge Network on Aboriginal Peoples and of the Latin American Studies Network of Montreal - RÉLAM.
Her research focuses on environmental education and its links to environmental justice and eco-citizenship, particularly in contexts of socio-ecological conflict associated with the expansion of extractivism. She is interested in the processes of knowledge co-construction, learning communities and the critical and political dimensions of EE within resistance movements in these contexts.
She has directed and co-directed collaborative research and international cooperation projects in Latin America, and has contributed to the creation of structured interdisciplinary spaces for knowledge dialogue between universities and local communities, around the themes of eco-citizenship and environmental justice in relation to eco-social issues linked more specifically to the expansion of the extractive model.
She was co-founder of the Coalition québécoise sur les impacts socio-environnementales des transnationales en Amérique latine-QUISETAL, and is a contributor to the Observatoire latinoamérician de conflits environnementaux and the Observatoire citoyen, as well as a member of the Coalition pour que le Québec ait une meilleure mine.