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Shefaza Esmail is a term lecturer in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her focus is on teaching undergraduate courses using student-centered active learning, with the aim of engaging students and promoting curiosity and critical thinking. She enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of environmental topics and strives to integrate multiple perspectives into her teaching.
Shefaza Esmail was trained academically as an engineer, with degrees in environmental and chemical engineering. Her PhD research at the University of Waterloo centred on organic waste diversion in a developing urban city in Tanzania and the use of compost in urban agriculture. Her research demonstrates that while food insecurity, soil degradation, and rapid urbanization are all causes for concern in quickly growing urban centres, the resilience of these developing cities can be bolstered by implementing integrated, circular economy solutions.