University of Guelph

Thesis: Building a Circular Food System from the Ground Up

Research Interests and Future Goals: Local Food Systems; Alternative Food Systems; The Circular Economy; Zero Waste; Regenerative backyard gardening & urban greening for equitable and healthy cities In an ideal scenario, I would stay in an academic career where I can participate in and promote community-engaged research that remakes our communities for better outcomes for all peoples. Moreover, engaging younger students in sustainability discourse with critical geographical approaches would be a fulfilling daily mission. However, with the realities of the academic job market, my only goal is to be in a role that can impact change. Who know, maybe I will become a full-time urban farmer.

Fun fact about you: I have FOUR cats of my own and regularly pet-sit as a side hobby/job. Two of my cats, Pluto and Porter, are leash-trained and go on walks.

Explore ECE’s publications below:

  • MacLaren, V., Ikiz, E., & Alfred, E. (2022). Meeting urban GHG reduction goals with waste diversion: multi-residential buildings. Buildings and Cities, 3(1), 1042–1058. DOI:
  • Arrandale VH, Ikiz, E, Lee C, Maclaren VW, Bondy SJ, Sanderson RA, Miller FA. Opportunities for reusables in retail settings during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada: A review of guidance and evidence. Toronto (ON): University of Toronto; 2021 January 31. Sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. National Zero Waste Council.
  • Ikiz, E., Maclaren, V., Alfred, E. Sivanesan, S. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Household Waste Diversion: The Case of Multi-residential Buildings in Toronto, Canada. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164: 105111.
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