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Leela Steiner

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science
Leela Steiner
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science
PhD Candidate
Thesis: The Threshold Myth: Dose-Response Curves and the Changing Paradigm of Chemical Regulation
Degrees: MA Public Administration, Carleton University (2012); BSc Biology (Hons), University of Toronto (2008)
Supervisor: Kathryn Harrison
Committee Members:
  • Milind Kandlikar, Director IRES, Professor Liu Institute for Global Issues (UBC)
  • Bruce Lanphear, Professor Faculty of Health Sciences (SFU), Senior Scientist Child and Family Research Institute and BC Children's Hospital

Awards & Scholarships

  • Bridge Strategic Training Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Sept 2013-Present
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 2013
  • Faculty of Science, Graduate Award, 2013
  • C. Mervyn Beckstead Scholarship in Public Administration, Carleton University, 2012
  • Graduate Award in Social Innovation, Carleton University, 2010/2011
  • Ian Macdonald Essay Competition Winner, Carleton University, 2010/2011
  • School of Public Policy and Administration Departmental Scholarship, Carleton University, 2010
  • Wasser Scholarship for Leadership and Student Life Contribution, University of Toronto, 2008
  • Innis College Recognition Award, University of Toronto, 2008


Leela is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability. Broadly, her research examines the development of different regulatory regimes for endocrine disrupting compounds. Her study focuses on the emerging science of dose-response curves, the integration of this science into regulatory policy, and the ongoing paradigm shift within the toxicological, endocrinological, and risk assessment communities. She is particularly interested in chemical management as pertains to plastic food packaging - a common consumer product with high risk for food contamination with corresponding human health effects, as well as contamination potential from discarded waste in the environment.

Leela has a background in science, with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Toronto. She completed her MA at Carleton University in Public Policy with a focus on innovation, science, and environment. Her research for those years centered on climate, energy, transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and protected areas policy.

Outside of work and school, she is an avid kayaker, has an unreasonable fascination with bears, and more often than not, can be swayed by a good chocolate banana milkshake.

Work Experience

Council of Canadian Academies, Consulting Researcher and Writer, 2014, Understanding the Evidence: Wind Turbine Noise 

Canada 2020, Consulting Researcher and Writer, 2013 - Carbon Polling and Climate Attitudes

Carleton University, Research Assistant, 2011-2013, Governance Innovation and the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

Carleton University, Research Assistant, 2012-2013, Managing Protected Areas in an Era of Internationalization

Sustainable Prosperity, Researcher and Writer, 2012-2013, NRTEE's Climate Prosperity and Ecological Fiscal Reform Programs

Office of Greening Government Operations (Public Works and Government Services Canada), Research Analyst, 2011, Federal Greenhouse Gas Inventory development                                                     

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