Chibulu Luo

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • University of Toronto



Chibulu Luo is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the nexus between residential energy use dynamics, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and spatial planning in rapidly growing African cities.

Chibulu is also a recipient of the 2018-2019 Graduate Fellowship with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG); a former Young Scientist with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); a Doctoral Research Awardee with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada; a Doctoral Scholar with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Global Engineering; and part of the Leadership Team with the Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa (EESC-A) project within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Chibulu worked extensively in environmental policy and development, including with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank. She holds Master’s degrees in Engineering Management from Duke University (USA) and Mechanical Engineering from Warwick University (UK).