Joanna Szurmak

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About Me

I am a research services and liaison librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Library where I work with the Psychology and Anthropology departments and the Robotics and Forensic Science programs. I have graduate degrees in electrical engineering and information studies from the University of Toronto. Between 2010 and 2013, I was seconded to the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) at the University of Toronto to build capacity for instruction among academic librarians.

I am a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto, ON. Over the years I have worked in research labs, the Canadian telecommunications industry, and other university libraries both in Canada and in the U.S.

Research and Projects at a Glance

In October 2018 Pierre Desrochers and I published Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change. Please take a look at the reviews and op-eds and read our response (published Dec. 4, 2018) to Dr. Christian Berggren's Quillette review of the Roslings' book Factfulness.

My current research interests include: studying the impact of the work of Jane Jacobs in economics, exploring the history and impact of "optimistic" or "cornucopian" viewpoints in the sciences and in popular discourse, exploring narrative methods in librarian instruction, investigating creativity in interdisciplinary settings such as industry and academic institutions, and researching the role of threshold concepts and conceptual bottlenecks in discipline selection. 

At the end of 2016 I wrapped up a research leave which gave me the opportunity to publish in a number of these areas. Please take a look at my Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles, or at my CV.

In addition to academic projects and doctoral research, I am also working on a podcast featuring the quirkier side of the University of Toronto Mississauga with Clearday founder Dr. Claire Carver-Dias. Please look up Bright Lights, Big Sauga on SoundCloud or iTunes and be sure to get Haunted . If you rate us on iTunes, we will be, as Claire assures, "eternally grateful."                 


 "You think you meet people by chance, but when you look back on your life you realise there was nothing random going on at all."   Jerome Bruner, 2007 interview.

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