Dr. Janani Sivarajah joined the ESRC in July as a post-doctoral fellow with the Prudhommes Project working with Dr. Ryan Plummer. Janani’s transdisciplinary research explores the ecosystem services of urban trees and public green spaces, and finds greening solutions to improve the socio-ecological resilience of cities.
What are your research areas of focus, and what was your journey like in getting to that area of focus?
My research focus is based on urban ecology and finding greening solutions to improve the socio-ecological resilience of cities. I am particularly interested in building multifunctional landscapes and proposing nature-based solutions to global environmental and urban challenges. My journey here is a long road. I started in Forestry and completed my Master of Forest Conservation at UofT and then went on to do a Ph.D. in Forestry at UofT. My Ph. D. dissertation paved my way into transdisciplinary research to understand urban trees’ environmental services for human well-being. While completing my Ph.D., I worked in non-profits and urban forest consulting, and these experiences further shaped my research focus.
As a sustainability scientist, how do you view the world?
As a sustainability scientist, I believe we have a unique ability to use a transdisciplinary lens to see the future and find solutions to evolving and challenging problems. We also have a responsibility to communicate science with the broader community and work together with other stakeholders to solve problems.
What excites you the most about working with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre?
The most exciting aspect is the people at ESRC. Even during unprecedented times, I felt welcomed and greeted warmly by all faculty and staff. I am excited to build friendships, foster a supportive environment, and collaborate on exciting projects. They are all superstars in their fields, and I’m eager to learn from their expertise and share my experiences.