Sarah Burch appointed as Senior Fellow in CIGI Global Economy Program

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has appointed Sarah Burch as a Senior Fellow with its Global Economy Program. Dr. Burch will concentrate on the area of financing sustainable development, with a focus on multi-level governance of climate change and sustainability challenges.

“Sustainability challenges require deep collaboration between practitioners and scholars, which is a fundamental part of CIGI’s approach to governance,” says Burch. “I look forward to the opportunity to engage with CIGI’s diverse network of innovative fellows in this area.

Burch is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Geography and Environmental Management in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where she helped launch a Master of Climate Change Program. She has also conducted extensive research on the governance of climate change, urban planning and responses to climate change, and renewable energy. Burch has been published in a wide range of distinguished academic journals. She is a Coordinating Lead Author of the 2nd Assessment Report on Cities and Climate Change, and was a Contributing Author to the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007). Burch holds a Ph.D. in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia, a B.A. in International Relations, as well as a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Science both from the University of Calgary.

In addition to the CIGI’s focus on financing sustainable development, CIGI is also tackling climate change research on two other fronts: international environmental law and the politics of climate governance and international negotiations.

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