SDGs@UofT Appoints First Scholars Academy Fellows 

newsMay 6, 2024

I’m pleased to announce the first group of Fellows appointed April 16 to the Scholars Academy of SDGs@UofT. This tri-campus Institutional Strategic Initiative supports faculty, students and staff working on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The Scholars Academy is a think tank within SDGs@UofT that brings together leading researchers, encouraging them to pursue convergence research and knowledge mobilization to address issues critical to achieving the SDGs – the world’s blueprint for peace and prosperity. 

The five Fellows, drawn from across U of T, were chosen for the depth and breadth of their research and their interest in engaging in open and transparent dialogue about the SDGs.  


Prof. Erica Di Ruggiero 
Research Director, SDGs@UofT 

The Fellows: 

Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Buckner,
Canada Research Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Global Development, OISE 
Prof. Buckner’s research examines how global trends affect higher education policies, institutional practices, and students’ lives. 

Assoc. Prof. Simon Darnell,
Sport for Development and Peace, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Among Prof. Darnell’s research interests: the sociology of sport and physical activity; international development and ‘sport for development and peace;’ social movements and activism in sport.

Asst. Prof. Kaja Jasińska 
Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE 
Prof. Jasińska is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who focuses on how children learn to read and how to best support their literacy journey. 

Prof. Matt Ratto 
Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Information  Prof. Ratto’s research focuses on how theories and perspectives from technoscience research can usefully extend and contextualize design and engineering practice, particularly regarding new models of care. 

Asst. Prof. Laura Tozer 
Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, UTSC  Prof. Tozer’s research tries to understand how we can accelerate action to address the climate crisis. She studies the policies and politics that can help us stop using fossil fuels and equitably transition to renewable energy. 

All U of T faculty members, students and staff members are welcome to join SDGs@UofT as affiliates or apply to become Fellows. Learn more.  

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