Lucina Rakotovao joins the CCRL as a Master of Public Health (MPH) student from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Prior to her MPH studies, Lucina worked in various advisory capacities in diversity, equity, inclusion and social policy in the federal public service. Now specializing in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and Community Development, Lucina’s research interests lie at the intersections of racial justice and health geography, urban placemaking and sustainability, housing access and gentrification, and Black sociocultural resilience rooted in place-based legacies. She is particularly interested in the collaborative creation of healthy, climate resilient cities through policy and community action informed by decolonial and intersectional Black feminist praxes.
Lucina is conducting an environmental scan of foresight driven data analysis and indicators frameworks that will help the lab and the public better understand the potential impacts of climate change on Toronto.