Sarah Burch is a CIGI senior fellow with expertise on financing sustainable development, particularly on the exploration of innovative solutions to address challenges associated with climate change and sustainability.
Sarah is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. Through her research, writing and teaching, she explores transformative responses to climate change at the community scale and innovative strategies for governing sustainability.
She is a lead author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007). She was a coordinating lead author of the Earth System Governance Project’s New Directions Initiative, which created the Science and Implementation Plan that informs the research of the largest international network of environmental governance scholars, and she was a coordinating lead author of the Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, Climate Change and Cities.
Sarah holds a Ph.D. in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia (2009), was a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (2010–2013) and was awarded a Banting Fellowship for her work on sustainability innovation. Her most recent book is titled Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2014).