Shandell Houlden

Associate faculty

Environment & Sustainability

Shandell Houlden is an interdisciplinary cultural theorist, writer and communication specialist. Her work uses feminist, creative and anti-colonial methods to examine topics in internet and media studies as well as education technology. With an expertise in social and environmental justice, she publishes across disciplines, including in education, health communication, and media studies, and teaches using flexible and open design to facilitate equitable access to learning.


Houlden is a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Roads. Her work focuses on COVID-19 misinformation and health communication strategies, as well as education futures in a post-COVID-19 and climate emergency world. She is a volunteer member with the Sooke Climate Action Committee as well as a volunteer with local nature connection communities that work with both youth and adults, which inform her practices as an educator.



PhD in English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University

Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing

Humber College

MA in Interdisciplinary Studies

University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

BA in Creative Writing

University of British Columbia (Okanagan)


Houlden, S., Hodson, J., Veletsianos, G., Thompson-Wagner, C., & Reid, D. (2021). “Inoculating an Infodemic: An ecological approach to understanding engagement with COVID-19 online information.” American Behavioral Scientist.

Houlden, S., Hodson, J., Veletsianos, G., Reid, D., & Thompson, C.P. 2021. “The health belief model: How public health can address the misinformation crisis.” Public Health in Practice, 2, 1000152.

Houlden, S., Hodson, J., Veletsianos, G., Gosse, C., Lowenthal, P., Dousay, T., & Hall, N.C. 2021. “Support for Scholars Coping with Online Harassment: An Ecological Framework.” Feminist Media Studies. Online First.

Gosse, C., Veletsianos, G., Hodson, J., Houlden, S., Dousay, T., Lowenthal, P., & Hall, N.C. 2021. “The Hidden Costs of Connectivity: Nature and Effects of Scholars’ Online Harassment.” Learning Media and Technology. Online First.

Veletsianos, G. & Houlden, S. 2020. “Radical flexibility and relationality as responses to education in times of crisis.” Postdigital Science and Education, 2(3), 849-862.  

Veletsianos, G. & Houlden, S. 2019. “Flexible Learning Over the Last 40 Years of Distance Education.” Distance Education 40(4): 454-468.

Houlden, S., & Veletsianos, G. 2019. “A Posthumanist Critique of Flexible Online Learning and its ‘Anytime Anyplace’ Claims.” British Journal of Education Technology 50(3): 1005-1018.

Veletsianos, G., Houlden, S., Hodson, J., & Gosse, C. 2018. “Women scholars’ experiences with online harassment and abuse: Self-protection, resistance, acceptance, and self-blame.” New Media and Society 20(12): 4689-4708.

Hodson, J. Gosse, C., Veletsianos, G., & Houlden, S. 2018. “I Get by With a Little Help from My Friends: An Ecological Model of Support for Women Scholars Experiencing Online Harassment.” First Monday 23(8), 1-16.