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laura.m.tozer [ at ] durham.ac.uk

Dr. Laura Tozer BSc MA PhD

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University in the UK. With training in geography and environmental science, I am an interdisciplinary scholar seeking to examine the changing relationships between cities, energy, and infrastructure in order to address the climate crisis. My work develops new understandings of climate change and urban sustainability governance and politics. My research investigates (1) the planning and implementation of just, zero carbon and resilient transitions in cities, (2) the politics of transnational urban climate governance, and (3) pathways to mainstream sustainability solutions so that they become standard practice for urban development.

I am a member of the NATURVATION research team, which is an EU Horizon 2020 project focused on nature-based solutions for urban sustainability problems. I am affiliated with the Environmental Governance Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and the Earth System Governance Project. In addition, I am a member of the steering committee for Project Neutral, which is a charitable project that transitions neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality.

My doctoral research evaluated whether low carbon initiatives targeting urban buildings are leading to systemic decarbonization in Stockholm, London, San Francisco and other cities transitioning to carbon neutrality. My research won a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship, the University of Toronto Award for Study of the United States and an Arthur and Sonia Labatt Fellowship at the University of Toronto School of the Environment.

My work has been published in academic journals such as Nature Climate Change, Geoforum, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, and Energy Research & Social Science, and in book chapters.

Previously, I was Director of Operations for the Community Energy Partnerships Program, a $10 million CAD grant program that provided funding for community groups and cooperatives developing renewable energy projects in Ontario.