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Rese​arch thesis

A research thesis demonstrates your ability to conduct original research. This is done under the supervision of a faculty member who guides the student, helps develop a sound research question, and assists in finding an appropriate method.

Your masters research should be original and contribute to the existing body of knowledge. The Sustainability Management masters thesis will be about 100 pages and completed theses are published on UW Space.


Refer to our guide for graduate research and supervision for more detailed information.


Finding a supervisor

When considering your ideas for a research topic begin by looking for a professor who might able to supervise you:

  1. Look through the SEED professor profiles and check out what research topics they are interested in.
  2. Investigate more into those professors who interest you, beginning with their Waterloo webpage. Look for what “current projects” they are doing, browse SEED's research pages and note the names of graduate students they have supervised.
  3. Dig deeper into the research done by professors, look through their projects or read their recent publications, for example by using Google Scholar or ResearchGate.
  4. See what previous graduate students have done for their research and see which professor has supervised which students. You can access our community list of student theses for SUSM on UWSpace, and search UWSpace by student, supervisor or subject.
  5. Contact a professor directly if you might be interested in working with them. Each supervisor will have their own requirements and opportunities. Sometimes professors are seeking students to work on specific research projects; other times they may be more or less open to interested applicants.

Below is a list of SEED's faculty members.  More information on each is available by clicking their name or going to the SEED people profiles. You can also consider supervisors from elsewhere in the Faculty of Environment.

Past research theses

For a look at the theses submitted by past Sustainability Management students, see the UWSpace page