Associate Professor and Head of SPROUT Lab

Sarah Burch


Through her research, writing, and teaching, Professor Burch explores transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, and innovative strategies for governing sustainability.

She is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Earth System Governance project’s New Directions Initiative, which is creating the Science and Implementation Plan that will inform the research of an international network of more than 3,000 environmental governance scholars over the next 10 years. She was a Coordinating Lead Author in the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities and was a Contributing Author to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007). Professor Burch was a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (2010-2013) and was awarded a Banting Fellowship for her work on sustainability innovation. Her most recent book (2014) is entitled ‘Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice.’

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