Sabrina Li

GoHelP Alumni
Sabrina Li hiking a mountain

Sabrina completed a Master of Science in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management (2015-2017) under the supervision of Professor Susan Elliott. Prior to her master’s, she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in environmental engineering (2010-2015) with a specialization in water resources management at the University of Waterloo.

Sabrina’s master's thesis investigated the spatiotemporal association between socioeconomic factors and shigellosis, a waterborne diarrheal disease in eastern Jiangsu province of China. During her time as a member of GoHelP, Sabrina organized the first ever campus-wide Menstrual Hygiene Day under the support of the UN HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to break the period stigma and to raise awareness of menstrual hygiene in the developing world. Working in interdisciplinary and all-female teams, Sabrina also developed a winning pitch for the World’s Challenge Challenge competition to address the UN Global Goals, and a winning solution to prevent microplastic pollution in Lake Erie through the 2017 National Aquahacking Challenge. After Aquahacking, she co-founded a start-up called PolyGone Technologies, which resides in Velocity Science.

Upon the completion of her master’s, Sabrina worked as a research assistant in the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University where she investigated the impacts of household air pollution exposure on human health in China.

Sabrina completed her PhD in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham in Geography.