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Dr. Laura Tozer PhD MA BSc

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.

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How can we catalyze just urban transformations to address climate change?


Recent Projects


Urban Building Decarbonization

My PhD research evaluated whether urban low carbon initiatives are catalyzing systemic change. It focused on the implementation of building energy efficiency and renewable energy using in-depth case studies of Stockholm, London and San Francisco. This research expanded the toolkit available to examine success in urban climate action by recognizing potential seeds of systemic change.



As part of the NATURVATION project team, my postdoctoral research examines how nature in cities can support urban climate change resiliency. Our partnership involves 14 institutions across Europe and includes city governments, non-governmental organizations and business. We assess what nature-based solutions can achieve in cities, examine how innovation is taking place, and work with communities and stakeholders to develop the knowledge and tools required to realize the potential of nature-based solutions for meeting urban sustainability goals.