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                laura.m.tozer [ at]



I research ways to catalyze low carbon and urban sustainability transformations. I am interested in how we can use political levers to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and building energy efficiency, particularly in cities transitioning to carbon neutrality. I also research how ideas about the future of energy (e.g. forecasts, scenarios, roadmaps) influence decisions made today and examine ways of advancing social justice through urban climate change action. I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University working on the NATURVATION research project.  I take an interdisciplinary approach in my research that draws on my training in human and urban geography, environmental studies and environmental sciences.

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 work has been published in academic journals including Nature Climate Change, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Energy Research & Social Science, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and Local Environment, and in a book chapter in an edited volume entitled Rethinking Urban Transitions: Politics in the Low Carbon City

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