Sarah Burch

Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation

Tier 2 - 2015-10-01
Renewed: 2020-12-01
University of Waterloo
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Interviewing and surveying businesses and governments in cities around the world that are pursuing sustainability.

Research relevance

This research will contribute to Canada’s pursuit of sustainable, resilient communities and lead to new strategies for responding to climate change.

Research summary

In light of the ambitious commitments being made to address climate change, both in Canada and internationally, incremental approaches to sustainability are insufficient to deliver necessary long-term, transformational outcomes, says Dr. Sarah Burch. She says a more targeted, evidence-based approach is needed that engages a wider variety of actors, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which often struggle with gaps in capacity. Burch’s research involves collaborating direct with SMEs in nine countries to design sustainability experiments, build capacity, and accelerate innovation, to lead to more resilient, inclusive, low-carbon communities.