Funded research positions are currently available for Masters and PhD research graduate students in Sustainability Management. For more information, or if you do not see your research interest listed below, please refer to individual faculty research interests.

Current research opportunities
Research area Information Professor Contact Student eligibility Deadline

Banking and sustainable development

What are the current and potential impacts of banks and other financial institutions on sustainable development and what may banks do to influence sustainable development in a positive way? Olaf Weber Masters or PhD student Ongoing
Circular economy A smelter database to support materials flow analysis, business analytics and metallurgical engineering knowledge to characterize global recycling capacity. (Chinese language desirable) Steven Young Masters or PhD student Ongoing
Environmental risk management How do businesses manage environmental risks such as water risks and conflict minerals and how do their management practices influence their financial performance? Olaf Weber Masters or PhD student Ongoing
Healthcare sustainability Including life cycle assessment of hospital waste, medical devices and disposables – with the aim of improving the sustainability of this large impactful industry. Steven Young Masters student Ongoing
Impact investing How do social banking and impact investing contribute to sustainable development? Olaf Weber Masters or PhD student Ongoing
Innovation and economic development To examine the impacts of disruptive technologies in the agri-food sector in Southern Ontario. Including a survey of technologies being developed, reasons for adoption, an assessment of their impacts, and responses by regional organizations. Heather Hall PhD student Ongoing
Responsible sourcing

Responsible sourcing of raw materials like steel, aluminum, copper and tungsten, including supply chain analysis and management systems standards. Read an example of Professor Young's article.

Steven Young

Masters or PhD student

Sustainable finance What is the role of voluntary and regulatory mechanisms for the financial sector to become more sustainable? Olaf Weber Masters or PhD student Ongoing
Sustainable management of microplastics Exploring the 3S (sources, stocks, and sinks) of microplastics in Canada using material flow analysis Komal Habib Masters Fall 2021 or later

Please contact professors directly for more information.

(Updated May 2021)