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Sara Edge

Edge, Sara


Assistant Professor


BA (Hons.), McM, MEnvSt, Wat., PhD, McM.


JOR 626A


416-979-5000 x6173

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Urban sustainability, environmental justice, environment and health equity, collaborative governance and decision-making, environmental policy


Geography & Environmental Studies

Research Interests:

My overarching program of research and teaching seeks to advance understandings of how risks to the environment, human health, and community well-being co-evolve with the ways in which societies govern, manage and make policy decisions. I am interested in how risks, resources, and benefits are consequently distributed across society, and related equity implications.

Environment & health (e.g. water, chemical exposures, food security, built environment & use of public space, transportation reform, social inclusion & access to services, etc.)

Environmental justice & urban inequalities

Collaborative, multi-stakeholder governance and knowledge integration for sustainable and equitable communities

Policy transformation

Socio-ecological systems

Health & resiliency of immigrant and refugee populations

Current Courses:

EUS 550: Sustainable Cities: A Review
EUS 601: Nature in Fragments
EUS 750: Sustainable Transportation and Energy Strategies
EUS 850: Sustainability in Organizations

Professional Affiliations:

Ryerson Urban Water, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CAN
The Centre for Environmental Health Equity, Queens University, Kingston, ON, CAN
CHEC Initiative, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, CAN
Canadian Association of Geographers

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Edge, Sara. & Meyers, Samantha. (in progress). Promoting equitable and dignified food security in transitioning urban food systems: taking stock of governance victories and challenges. Environment and Planning C.

Edge, Sara. & Dean, Jennifer. & Cuomo, Michelle, Keshav, Srinivasan. (under review).  Advancing urban sustainability through emerging transportation technology: Exploring electric bicycles in Canadian urban centres. Urban Studies. (Submitted Apr, 2016)

Meyer, S., Edge, S., Beatty, J. (et al). (Under Review). Challenges to Evidence-Based Health Promotion: A case study in Ontario, Canada. Health Promotion International. (Submitted April 7th, 2016).

Edge, S. & de Loë, R. (forthcoming). The role of policy entrepreneurs in enabling the implementation of water policy transformation. To be submitted to: Environmental Science & Policy.

Edge, S. & Eyles, J. (2015). Contested Governmentalities: NGO Enrollment & Influence over Chemical Risk Governance Rationales and Practices. Environmental Policy and Governance. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1671.

Edge, S. & Newbold, KB. & McKeary, M. (2014). Exploring socio-cultural factors that mediate, facilitate, & constrain the health and empowerment of refugee youth. Social Science & Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.025.

Edge, S. & Eyles, J. (2014). The socio-spatial (re)configuration of legitimacy, knowledge, and practice in chemical risk governance: integrating boundary-work and scale-frame analytics. Environmental Politics. Vol. 23 (2): 282-301.

Edge, S & Eyles, J. (2013). Message in a bottle: claims disputes and the reconciliation of precaution and weight-of-evidence in the regulation of risks from Bisphenol A in Canada, Health, Risk & Society, Vol. 15 (5): 432-448.

Eyles, J., Edge, S., & Eyles, E. (2013). Metaphor and environmental health discourse in Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan: The hegemonic closure around chemical exposure. Social Space. 5 (1): 1-30.

Edge, S. & Newbold, B. (2012). Discrimination and the Health of Immigrants & Refugees: Exploring Canada’s Evidence Base and Directions for Future Research in Newcomer Receiving Countries. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9640-4

Pollock, G., Newbold, K.B., Lafreniere, G. & Edge, S. (2012). Discrimination in the doctor’s office: immigrant & refugee experiences. Critical Social Work. Vol. 13, No. 2: 60-79.

Edge, S. & McAllister, ML. (Apr, 2009). Place-based local governance and sustainable communities: lessons from Canadian biosphere reserves. Journal of Environmental Planning & Management. Vol. 52, No. 3: 1-18.

Edge, S. & Wilton, R. (Spring, 2009). ‘Reengineering’ Residential Care Facilities: a case study of Hamilton, Ontario. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. Vol. 28, No. 1: 137-49.