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Arts
Geography
My work bridges the natural and social sciences at the nexus of political ecology, political economy, and urban studies, particularly where those fields intersect with “sustainability science”.
Applied Science
Nursing
Social determinants and processes of child development. Public health efforts at identification, intervention and the prevention of developmental problems.
Applied Science
Engineering
Demand side management in smart grid; PHEV charging and vehicle-to-grid systems; Control and management of microgrids.

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Whitton, Jeannette

Science
Botany
Plant evolutionary biology, population genetics, phylogenetics and speciation.

Wilkes, Rima

Arts
Sociology
Collective Action by Indigenous Nations; Public Opinion (Immigration, Trust)

Wilkinson, David

Applied Science
Engineering
Fuel cells, fuel crossover, electrode modification

Williams, Jennifer

Arts
Geography
Plant ecology; ecological and evolutionary processes that shape population dynamics and species interactions, particularly in a spatial context; process-based understanding of the conservation and management of threatened and invasive species; species distribution and abundances; spread of populations through fragmented landscapes and life history evolution of reproductive strategies under changing climates.

Wilson, Brian

Education
Kinesiology
Consumer culture, media, youth, the environment, social inequality, social movements, qualitative methods, and sport and leisure studies generally.

Withers, Stephen

Science
Chemistry
Enzymes that catalyse glycoside formation and hydrolysis, since these play crucial roles in all areas of biology

Wittman, Hannah

Land and Food Systems | Science
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Rural and environmental sociology; agrarian citizenship; food security and food sovereignty; community and rural development; agrarian political economy; social movements.

Wong, Sabrina

Applied Science
Nursing
Organization and delivery of health care services in primary health care. Reduction of reduce health and health care inequalities.

Wong, Vincent

Applied Science
Engineering
Demand side management in smart grid; PHEV charging and vehicle-to-grid systems; Control and management of microgrids.

Wood, John

Arts
Political Science
Community Natural Resource Management. Impact on poverty of new community-based institutions at the village level designed to manage water, forests and fishing in 35 villages of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh states.

Woollard, Bob

Medicine
Family Practice
Health, development and ecosystem sustainability, medical education, family practice

Wright, Handel

Education
Educational Studies
Children and youth, Cultural studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies, Race/ethnicity, Research methodologies

Wyly, Elvin

Arts
Geography
Social and spatial inequality, urban housing and labor markets

Wynn, Graeme

Arts
Geography
Attitudes toward human nature and non-human nature. Changing geographical patterns of settlement, economy, and culture in Canada.

Yadav, Vikramaditya

Applied Science
Engineering
Metabolic & enzyme engineering to investigate and customise novel biosynthetic enzymes that can convert biomass-derived feedstocks into better fuels, pharmaceuticals and value-added chemicals. We also extend these principles to the design and development of unique bioremediation strategies to rehabilitate the water quality in and around industrial zones. In addition to green engineering, my research group also pursues medical biotechnology research, and we are working extensively on infectious disease drug discovery, drug delivery and tissue engineering. I am an enthusiastic proponent of application-oriented science and knowledge translation for development of low-cost technologies, and my group actively collaborates with local start-ups, industry, academic groups and medical research laboratories. Our work is fostering innovation in a strategic domain for Canada._x000D_ Specific research interests: Biocatalysis, bioremediation, bioprocess engineering, drug delivery, infectious disease pathogenesis & drug discovery, green chemistry, medical biotechnology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, tissue engineering

Yassi, Annalee

Medicine
Population and Public Health
Global Health and Capacity Building. Community Medicine and Occupational Medicine.

Yodanis, Carrie

Arts
Sociology
Gender and inequality from a cross-national perspective. Division of housework, management of money in marriage, violence against women, and occupational and class segregation. Marriage across cultures and examines how dominant marital beliefs and practices shape women’s status and well-being within and outside of marriage.

Young, Margot

Law
Equality law and theory; Social and Economic Rights; Comparative Constitutional Law; Social Welfare Law; Canadian Social Union

Zeigler, Barbara

Arts
Art History, Visual Art and Theory 
Evolving relationship between human culture and the ecosphere

Zerriffi, Hisham

Arts
Liu Institute for Global Issues
Inter-disciplinary approaches to research problems at the intersection of technology, environment and development. Affordable energy, biomass stoves in India, sustainable development, climate change financing, sustainable business models

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