Sara Hughes

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Degrees: Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara; M.Sc., B.Sc. Michigan State University


Office: DV 3296

Office Hours: On Leave until September 2018

Sara Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on urban politics, the institutions of local government, urban environmental policy, and the politics of local climate change response. In 2013 Sara was named a Clarence N. Stone Scholar by the urban politics section of the American Political Science Association. Current projects examine the implementation of climate change policy in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York City; transitions in urban waste management; the determinants of policy attention in local governments; and building capacity for adaptation in cities. Recent publications include, “A Meta-Analysis of Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the U.S.,” in Urban Climate, “Triple Exposure: Regulatory, climatic and political drivers of water management changes in the city of Los Angeles,” in Cities, and, “Science and Institution Building in Urban Climate Change Policy Making,” in Environmental Politics. Sara holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Profesor Hughes TEDxTalks Cities and Climate Change: Making the Links