Sarah Burch is assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. She has published widely on transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, and innovative strategies for governing sustainability. Burch received a PhD in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada (2009) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford (2009-2011). She is a co-ordinating lead author in the second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities. She was a contributing author to the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007) and was awarded a Banting Fellowship for her work on sustainability innovation. Her most recent book is Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice (2014). She is North American co-ordinator of the Earth System Governance network of Research Fellows and coordinating lead author of the 2018 Science and Implementation Plan of the Earth System Governance Project.