Sarah Burch




Sarah is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainability Governance at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. Specifically, Sarah’s work pertains to:

- Institutional and behavioural enablers of climate change policy in cities;

- Synergies and tradeoffs between climate change adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development; and

- Partnerships between the public and private sectors in response to climate change.

Sarah holds a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada (2009), a B.A. in International Relations (University of Calgary, 2004) and an Honours B.Sc. in Environmental Science (University of Calgary, 2004). She was awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council fellowships for her doctoral and postdoctoral work. She was a Contributing Author to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in both Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) and Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change).

While at the University of British Columbia, Sarah was a core team member of the Local Climate Change Visioning Project, led by Stephen Sheppard at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, and the Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development research initiative led by John Robinson. She is also a member of the Climate Smart team, a Vancouver-based social enterprise that trains small- and medium-sized businesses to manage greenhouse gas emissions.

Sarah teaches on institutional barriers to sustainable development paths and climate change governance, and works to build climate change literacy amongst decision-makers in the public and private sectors.

Specialties:Climate change policy, urban climate change governance, sustainability, participatory scenario development.

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Climate Literacy tackles the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. This course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy.

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