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Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Laura Tozer's research focuses on the governance of energy and urban sustainability transitions. She researches transitions to zero-carbon, resilient and equitable cities by trying to understand how cities are being reconfigured in order to achieve decarbonization and resilience. She also researches the dynamics and politics of environmental governance to build a better understanding of how governments and communities shape societal change. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her research draws on urban studies, post-structuralist political theory, science studies, and critical energy geographies. Her work currently focuses on two research topics: urban energy transitions and nature-based climate solutions for cities.


Hughes, S., Giest, S. and Tozer, L. (2020) Accountability and data-driven urban climate governance. Nature Climate Change. 10, 1085–1090.
Tozer, L., Hörschelmann, K., Anguelovski, I., Bulkeley, H., and Lazova, K. (2020) Whose nature? Whose city? Towards inclusive nature-based solution governance. Cities, 107: 102892.
Tozer, L. (2019) Deep decarbonization in practice: Solutions and challenges for low-carbon building retrofits. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 28(2), 32-45.
Tozer, L. and Klenk, N. (2019) Urban configurations of carbon neutrality: insights from the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 37(3), 539-557.

Romero Lankao, P., Bulkeley, H., Pelling, M., Burch, S., Gordon, G., Gupta, J., Johnson, C., Lecavalier, E., Simon, D., Kurian, P., Tozer, L., Ziervogel, G., and Munshi, D. (2018) Urban transformative potential in a changing climate Nature Climate Change, 8, 754–756.