Virginia Maclaren

Associate Emerita Professor
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 5016A, 100 St. George St. Toronto ON
(416) 978-3378

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Waste studies, discard studies.


Virginia Maclaren's research interests fall broadly into the fields of waste studies and discard studies with a recent focus on the study of household recycling and waste prevention, reuse, food waste, extended producer responsibility, circular economies and attitudes towards waste facilities. 


Maclaren, V., Ikiz, E. and Alfred, E. (2022) Meeting Urban GHG Reduction Goals with Waste Diversion: Multi-Residential Buildings. Buildings and Cities. 3(1): 1042-58.

Ikiz, E., Maclaren, V., Alfred, E., Sivanesan, S. (2021) Impact of COVID-19 on household waste flows, diversion and reuse: the case of multi-residential buildings in Toronto, Canada. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 164, 105111.

Soma, T., Li, B., Maclaren, V. (2020). Food waste reduction: A test of three consumer awareness interventions. Sustainability, 12(3), 1-19.

Baxter, J., Maclaren, V., Bayne, J. (2020). How energy from waste (EFW) facilities impact waste diversion behavior: A case study of Ontario, Canada. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 158, 1-11.


PhD, Cornell University MPl, University of Ottawa