Deep decarbonization and sustainability transitions

Tonya DelSontro

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tonya DelSontro’s research focus is to advance our understanding of how human activities and climate change alter aquatic carbon cycles and greenhouse gas budgets. She integrates field-based system analyses and experimental laboratory work to define and predict anthropogenic impacts on freshwater systems’ greenhouse dynamics from local and regional to global scales.

Joyce Kim

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Joyce Kim is primarily interested in studying human-building interactions and the role of technologies to augment occupant performance and building energy efficiency. Her research leverages IoT and data-driven analytics to predict human comfort and behaviour, personalize occupant experience in the built environment and enable intelligent building design and operation. Her research interests also include smart grid technologies and utility cost optimizations.

Roberto Guglielmi

Assistant Professor

Roberto Guglielmi's research addresses problems in control and optimization of large-scale dynamics, described by ordinary or partial differential systems of evolution, with applications to the optimization of utility distribution over networks, heat transfer phenomena in the presence of crack and fractures, control of epidemics, reinforcement learning methods.

Alain-Désiré Nimubona

Associate Professor, Economics

Alain-Désiré Nimubona analyzes the equilibrium relationships between polluters and their abatement equipment suppliers, which constitutes the environmental industry or eco-industry. Using economic modelling, he studies the interplay between environmental and trade policies related to the eco-industry, as well as the market structure of this industry. More recently, his research interests have widened to include issues related to the adoption of abatement technologies under uncertainty and the use of green infrastructures as a solution to sustainable development. 

Laura Hug

Assistant Professor, Biology; Canada Research Chair

Laura Hug seeks to define microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites using culture-based and culture-independent methods, generating a blueprint of which species are there and which pathways are active. Her research expands our understanding of the tree of life, while simultaneously developing solutions to address the impacts of human activities on the environment.

Mathieu Feagan

Assistant Professor, School of Knowledge Integration

Mathieu Feagan is a critical interdisciplinary scholar using the framework of ecological consciousness as different ways of knowing to build capacity for social-ecological-technological transformation. Matt works across scholar-activist-practitioner communities, connecting local action to global environmental change to support just and sustainable transitions. 

Yimin Wu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Yimin Wu's research looks at advanced manufacturing, materials interfaces, energy materials, solar fuels, batteries, in situ multimodal characterizations, artificial intelligence, connectivity and internet of things, electronic and photonic materials, responsive materials, sensing, healthcarel, and nanotechnology.