RESEARCH

ResearchTruzaar prides himself on his robust and distinctive analytical abilities. He has established a strong foundation in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has contributed methodologically to twelve peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, policy reports, and technical papers to date. He has a proven track record of meeting expectations and exceeding obligations. In addition to holding several graduate research positions at the University of Waterloo, and maintaining executive positions in his voluntary work, Truzaar has maintained an excellent academic record throughout his graduate studies.

Truzaar values transdisciplinary and cross-cutting research, adopting advancements in computational methodologies and systems thinking to find solutions to interconnected problems. He particularily enjoys working with pragmatic ontologies with real-world contributions. Relevant contributions include a national sustainable finance policy to integrate Canada’s financial sector in the transition to a low carbon economy, an analysis of responses to the Coronavirus pandemic by Canadian banks, and policy recommendations to strengthen urban and home flood protection. Truzaar also reviews for the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, Business, Strategy, & Environment, and Organization & Environment. His range of initiatives exemplifies his ability to effectively communicate across diverse audiences, conduct independent research, and build strong partnerships for collaboration where necessary.

 

Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation

As a graduate research assistant with the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, I manage curriculum design and development of the new Collaborative Complexity Program at the University of Waterloo. In this role, I conduct institutional research on how to develop and launch the program, identify disciplines, thematic areas, and methods represented in the complex systems network, correspond with complex systems scholars teaching related courses, and appeal for seed funding to actualize the program.

SDG Cities Index

The SDG Cities Index examines how municipal governments can align their visions of sustainability with the global SDG framework and set a framework for action to address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their communities. As a researcher and project manager for the SDG Cities Index, I collaboratively manage a team of 8 professors and graduate researchers, schedule regular team meetings, and amend ethics applications for data collection activities.

Climate Risk Research Group

The Climate Risk Research Group (CRRG) contributes practical research insights on the governance of Canadian climate change adaptation through evidence-based policy advice. As a data analyst with CRRG, I am responsible for mining, transforming, modelling, and visualizing data in a policy-friendly manner. My applications of statistics, machine learning, natural language processing, and network modelling have contributed to several publications on flood policy, flood risk management, flood risk governance, community resilience and stakeholder engagement.

Centre for International Governance Innovation

As a policy researcher, our research examines strategies to integrate the Canadian financial sector in the transition to a low carbon economy. The research includes a systematic analysis of existing national climate finance guidelines, spatial analysis of the global distribution of climate policies, and a survey of the financial sector on the applicability of select policy mechanisms.

Intact Center for Climate Adaptation

As a data analyst with the Home Flood Protection Program, I conduct statistical analysis and visualization of household flood risk, using Rstudio to translate quantitative and qualitative survey results into reports on flood risk management for provincial, municipal, and insurance practitioners.

Smart Prosperity Institute

As a doctoral researcher with the Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network, our research examines policies to integrate the Canadian financial sector in the transition to a low carbon economy. The research includes a systematic analysis of existing national climate finance guidelines, spatial analysis of the global distribution of climate policies, and a survey of the financial sector on the applicability of select policy mechanisms.

Northern Gateway Pipeline

As the primary graduate researcher on a Canadian pipeline stakeholder simulation, our research builds a business case, teaching aid, and negotiation simulation tool to be used in upper-year undergraduate and graduate courses. The case adopts a multi-stakeholder approach, on the National Energy Board's negotiation process for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Our simulation advances the pedagogy on scenario-based teaching, moving beyond a single stakeholder perspective often used in more traditional approaches, to more a realistic multi-perspective context for negotiation. The simulation has been tested in 8 graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University for over 300 students. The case study and teaching note is in the process of being published with Sage Business Case.

Sustainable Business Network

As the primary researcher on sustainability in SMEs, we conduct a survey to collect findings from 61 local businesses on their business culture, foresight, contingency, and reporting practices. The results of our study were presented at a conference at the Université du Québec à Montréal and have since been translated to a master's thesis for one of the co-authors.

Interdisciplinary Center on Climate Change

As a data analyst with the Interdisciplinary Center for Climate Change (IC3) World Wide Views on Climate and Energy, I conducted statistical analysis on the perception of climate risk and opportunity of 100 Canadian citizens, relative to global survey outcomes. World Wide Views is the largest-ever global citizen consultation held on climate and energy, with participation from 10,000 citizens over 76 countries. The results of our study cumulated in the Canadian report.