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The Business of Accelerating Sustainable Urban Transformations in Canada

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Our society is currently facing the imminent dangers of climate change: an increase of natural disasters, resource scarcity, and other environmental and social sustainability challenges. As these grand challenges threaten our ability to live within the Earth's carrying capacity, we must transition to sustainable practices in urban built environments. Businesses must play a significant role in this transition, but how can we increase their involvement in the design, development, and construction of sustainable urban cities and, as a result, enable the transition to a more sustainable future?

Research findings

Associate Professor Daina Mazutis received a Knowledge Synthesis grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council to review the existing research on the topic. She has recently produced a report determining key issues, best practices, limitations, and knowledge gaps around the governance and capacity-building required to accelerate the role of business in sustainable urban transformation projects in Canada.

Read the report and discover how Mazutis' insights can help foster a greener Canada:

The Business of Accelerating Sustainable Urban Transformations in Canada

Professor Daina Mazutis has written a paper based on the above report that has won a Best Paper Award in the Social Responsibility Division at the ASAC 2021 Conference.

Who will benefit from this research?

Insights gained from this research have the potential to influence both the policy and practice of sustainable urban transitions in Canada, from a business perspective. This review will also identify areas where industry executives and policy makers can work together to effectively facilitate the planning, design and construction of more sustainable communities in the future.

Professor Mazutis

Learn more about Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Knowledge Synthesis Grants. 


About the Author

Lidiane Cunha a été agente de la mobilisation des connaissances en matière de recherche à l'École de gestion Telfer de 2017 à 2022. Elle a notamment traduit des projets de recherche et des résultats complexes en un langage accessible, et a élaboré des histoires d'impact, des vidéos et des infographies. De plus, elle a fourni des conseils en matière de communication pour aider les administrateurs principaux, les membres du corps professoral et de la population étudiante aux études supérieures à rehausser le profil de la recherche à Telfer. Elle a élaboré une stratégie de communication pour le bureau de la recherche de Telfer, en plus de faire participer les diplômé.e.s et les partenaires communautaires à des initiatives visant à faire connaître la recherche de Telfer.<br><br>Lidiane Cunha was a Research Knowledge Mobilization Officer at Telfer from 2017 to 2022. She translated complex research projects and findings into plain language and developed impact stories, videos, and infographics. She also provided communications advice to help senior administrators, professors, and graduate students raise the research profile of the Telfer School of Management; developed a communications strategy for Telfer’s Research office; and engaged alumni and community partners in initiatives to raise awareness about Telfer’s research.