Dr. Stephanie Whitney

Director of Research and Innovation Partnership, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Sustainability, Energy, Energy management, Investment in high performance energy equipment, Office buildings, Energy behaviours, Climate change mitigation, Culture of sustainability, Decision-making, Stakeholder engagement


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Dr. Stephanie Whitney is Director of Research and Innovation Partnership in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo with expertise in decision-making at the individual and organizational levels. She is a professional engineer with more than 15 years of multi-sectoral experience through employment in small and large consulting firms, and a research background including administration at Wilfrid Laurier University and affiliation with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Waterloo’s School of Environment, Enterprise and Development. Over her career, Whitney has forged and maintained strong relationships with representatives from federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as with private- and public-sector stakeholders in applied research projects. She has a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability (2018), a Master’s degree in Environment and Business (2013), and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Environmental Engineering with an Option in Management Science (2004).


  • Motivations and barriers for behaviour change
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Sustainability
  • Energy
  • Investment in energy management
  • Commercial buildings
  • Energy behaviours
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Culture of sustainability
  • Decision-making
  • Stakeholder engagement