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

Dr. Laura Tozer PhD MA BSc

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University in the UK. I research urban transformations to address climate change. My work advances our understanding of the dynamics and politics of sustainable urban transformations to address interconnected environmental and social challenges. With a focus on urban environmental governance, my research examines the planning, implementation, and mainstreaming of climate change responses to achieve adaptation and decarbonization while advancing social justice. My areas of research have included transnational urban climate governance, deep decarbonization of buildings, community energy planning, and nature-based solutions for urban sustainability.

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.