Christina Gagliano-Veiga

Christina Gagliano-Veiga

MA Student Dr. Laurel Besco, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My current research looks at the development of green buildings and standards across Canada. I plan to specifically explore the factors that influence certified green buildings, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), in urban and rural areas. I am interested in what lessons we can learn from the successful uptake of green buildings for similar green initiatives.

Having done environmental management studies in my undergrad, I plan to take an interdisciplinary approach to my research.

Why Geography at UTM?

I had not considered a Masters until my last year of undergrad, having been given the amazing opportunity to work with my current supervisor, Dr. Laurel Besco. The geography department at UTM is such a close and welcoming community that I am always given the opportunity to learn and develop myself as new researcher!

Honours and Awards

  • 2019-2020: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Award - Joseph Armand Bombardier
  • University of Toronto Excellence Award


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Laurel Besco


MA Student - Department of Geography with a collaborative specialization in Environmental Studies – University of Toronto
HBA Environmental Management – University of Toronto Mississauga