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Sara Edge

Edge, Sara


Associate 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, immigrant and refugee health, collaborative governance and decision-making, environmental policy, the right to the city


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

Principal Investigator. Overcoming inequitable access to healthy built environments: examining immigrant inclusion in the governance of (re)development. SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Co-Investigator. Immigrant settlement in rural communities: Exploring access to the determinants of health. SSHRC Insight Development Grant (PI: Jennifer Dean)

Principal Investigator. Examining how the expertise of those with lived experience is resourced, valued or exploited in the pursuit of healthy, equitable city-building. Ryerson Faculty of Arts Democracy, Equity & Justice Grant.

Co-Investigator. Ethnic grocery retailing and healthy food provision in marginalized ethnocultural neighbourhoods in Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Partnership for Change, RBC Immigrant, Diversity & Inclusion Project (PI: Lu Wang)

Principal Applicant. Examining environmental justice in urban forest management and decision-making. SSHRC Explore Grant.

Current Courses:

EUS 550: Sustainable Cities, Politics & Equity

EUS 601: Nature in Fragments

GEO 716: Geographies of Health

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, S.; Brown, E.; Ghosh, S.; Murnaghan, A. (2020). Procedural environmental (in)justice at multiple scales: examining immigrant advocacy for improved living conditions. Local Environment. Vol. 25, Issue 9.

Zhuang, Z.; Edge, S.; Dean, J. (In Press). What Is the Future of Public Space? Hidden Stories of Immigrant Suburbs during a Global Pandemic. Town Planning Review.

Edge, S.; Goodfield, J.; Dean, J. (2020). Shifting gears on sustainable transport transitions: Stakeholder perspectives on e-bikes in Toronto, Canada. Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions. 36: 197-208.

Edge, S., Boluk K., Groulx M., & Quick M. (2020). Exploring diverse lived experiences in the Smart City through creative analytic practice. Cities. 96(00): 1-11.

Leger, S., Dean, J., Edge, S., Casello, J. (2019). “If I had a regular bicycle, I wouldn’t be out riding anymore”: Perspectives on the potential of e-bikes to support active living and independent mobility among older adults in Waterloo, Canada. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.123: 240-254.

Edge, S. & Meyer, Samantha. (2019). Pursuing dignified food security through novel collaborative governance initiatives: perceived benefits, tensions and lessons learned. Social Science & Medicine. Vol. 232: 77-85.

Patel, A. *, Dean, J., Edge, S., Ghassemi, E., & Wilson, K. (2019). Double Burden of rural migration in Canada? Considering the health impacts of immigrant settlement outside the Cosmopolis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Special Issue: Social Determinants and Geographic Disparities in Health and Health Care. (16(5): 678; doi:10.3390/ijerph16050678).

Edge, Sara. & Dean, Jennifer. & Cuomo, Michelle, Keshav, Srinivasan. (2018). Exploring e-bikes as a mode of sustainable transport: a temporal qualitative study of the perspectives of a sample of novice riders in a Canadian city. The Canadian Geographer. Vol. 62, Issue. 3, pg. 384-397.

Meyer, S.B., Edge, S., Beatty, J., Leatherdale, S., Perlman, C., Dean, J., Ward, P.R. and Kirkpatrick, S. (2017). Challenges to evidence-based health promotion: a case study of a Food Security Coalition in Ontario, Canada, Health Promotion International. Vol. 33 (5): 760-769.

Edge S., Goodfield J. (2017). Responses to electric bikes (e-bikes) amongst stakeholders and decision-makers with influence on transportation reform in Toronto, Canada. Canadian Transportation Research Forum: Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference. Winnipeg, Canada. 28-31 May 2017. pp. 98-108. ISBN: 978-0-9867070-8-7.

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.