Sarah Mason-Renton


I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in IRES. I am currently working on a project entitled ‘Science, Values and Wastewater Controversies’ examining the science and policy debates surrounding Victoria’s wastewater treatment with Dr. Gunilla Oberg. My main research interests fall at the intersection of environmental science and perceptions examining uncertainty, conflict and community impacts associated with technological hazards, risk and sustainable innovation, most recently focusing on wastewater treatment and biosolid land application.

Previously, I was a SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and Lecturer at Western University. My doctoral research examined residents’ experiences with and perceptions of a regional biosolid to agricultural fertilizer processing facility in rural Ontario.  I completed my collaborative Ph.D. in Geography (Environment and Sustainability) in 2017, after being accelerated directly from my M.Sc. in 2013, and completed my B.Sc. (Hons) in Cellular Biology in 2012 at Western University. Further, I have collaborated with interdisciplinary teams at both Thompson Rivers University and Health Canada examining perceptions of biosolid resource recovery and evaluating the effectiveness of the Air Quality Health Index respectively.