Laura Tozer

My research focuses on the policies and politics of climate change governance, urban sustainability, and low carbon transitions for built environments, infrastructure and energy. My current research project examines the imaginaries, practices, and everyday politics of energy and building decarbonization in cities striving for carbon neutrality. 

My research builds on a decade of work in the climate change sector, ranging from co-organizing climate change conferences for youth to attending multiple United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change international negotiations. I was Director of Operations for the Community Energy Partnerships Program, a $10 million dollar grant program that provides funding for community groups developing renewable energy projects in Ontario. 

Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council CGS Doctoral Scholar. I am also a research assistant in the Environmental Governance Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. I am a member of the steering committee for Project Neutral, which is a charitable project that transitions neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality. I hold an MA in Geography from the University of Toronto, where my research focused on energy and greenhouse gas emission planning in Canadian cities, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph.