Prof. Bruce Muirhead first-ever research chair in public policy for egg farmers

Friday, November 14, 2014

History professor and UWaterloo's AVP, External Research, Bruce Muirhead has just been announced as the first-ever research chair in public policy on behalf of Egg Farmer's of Canada, an agricultural organization dedicated to the promotion and management of egg production across the country.

Bruce MuirheadProfessor Muirhead will be developing a research program in public policy that relates to the current and future challenges faced by Canadian egg farmers, providing historical context to the growing conversation about the value of supply management for all Canadians.

“This Chair will allow me to fully engage in the discourse surrounding supply management and its obvious benefits to Canadian consumers and processors, as well as farmers,” said Muirhead. “This approach is increasingly important given Canadian involvement in various trade negotiations where supply management needs to be understood for its value and benefits to the entire food chain.”

Egg Farmers of Canada’s contribution to the University of Waterloo will include investment in students, research and dialogue around public policy issues.

“Partnerships like this are a valuable element of transformational research at Waterloo. This chair will stimulate high-quality research and international dialogue that will, in turn, generate new knowledge to serve the needs of the egg farming industry,” said D. George Dixon, vice-president, university research, University of Waterloo. “This collaboration underscores the significance and impact of research at Waterloo, and I congratulate Bruce and Egg Farmers of Canada on their success.”

Professor Muirhead has written extensively on Canadian trade negotiations since the Second World War, as well as Canadian politics, diplomacy, economic and international development. His recent work, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, has focused on the evolution of Canadian agricultural policy and on supply management in particular, which he views as a most sensible and rational system governing certain types of agricultural production.


Story written with information from the media release.

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