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Leia Minaker wins Environment Research Excellence Award

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Faculty of Environment would like to congratulate School of Planning Assistant Professor Leia Minaker for winning the 2017 Environment Research Excellence Award.

Leia MinakerThis award is presented each year to an early-career faculty member in the Faculty of Environment in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments of an early-career faculty member, defined as a “tenure-track Assistant Professor.” 

“I’m honoured to have been chosen for the Environment Research Excellence Award,” said Minaker. “I’m grateful to be part of such a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty, and I look forward to contributing to the health and environment research agenda within the faculty over the years to come.” 

The award is recognized with a photo and plaque. All eligible candidates were considered at the annual Faculty Performance Review Committee meeting held February 8th. The recipient of the award was selected on a competitive basis as judged by the Faculty committee.

Minaker is one of the School of Planning’s most recent hires, and part of a growing roster of researchers working to solve problems related to health and society.

“I do applied research with the goal of influencing municipal decision making in ways that promote health and equity,” said Minaker. “While I understand that research does not typically drive the policy-making process, I strive to be a researcher whom decision makers can call to ask for policy-relevant information as they are balancing complex and competing priorities.”

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