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Jennifer Clapp

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  • Global food and environment politics and governance
  • Environment and development
  • Trade and environment/agriculture
  • Politics of food aid
  • Global politics of hazardous and plastic waste
  • Agricultural biotechnology and implications for developing countries
  • Transnational corporations and environment

Research & Editorial positions



  • 2012. Hunger in the Balance: the New Politics of International Food Aid (Ithaca: Cornell University Press). Shortlisted for the Donner Prize for the best book in public policy by a Canadian.
  • 2012. Food (Cambridge: Polity)
  • 2011. Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment, 2nd Edition, co-authored with Peter Dauvergne (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press)
  • 2010.   Global Governance, Poverty and Inequality, co-edited with Rorden Wilkinson (London: Routledge)
  • 2009. The Global Food Crisis:  Governance Challenges and Opportunities,  co-edited with Marc J. Cohen (Waterloo: WLU Press and CIGI)
  • 2009. Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance, co-edited with Doris Fuchs (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
  • 2008. Corporate Accountability and Sustainable Development, co-edited with Peter Utting (Delhi: Oxford University Press).
  • 2005. Paths to a Green World:  The Political Economy of the Global Environment, co-authored with Peter Dauvergne (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
  • 2001. Toxic Exports: The Transfer of Hazardous Wastes from Rich to Poor Countries. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press.) 
  • 1997. Adjustment and Agriculture in Africa: Farmers, the State, and the World Bank in Guinea. (International Political Economy Series) (London and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press).

Articles, working papers and book chapters

  • 2013. “The G20 and Food Security: A Mismatch in Global Governance?”, co-authored with Sophia Murphy, Global Policy, Vol.4, No.2, 2013, pp. 129-138.
  • 2013. “Food Security”, in Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, edited by Andrew Cooper, Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp.642-657.
  • 2013. “Business as a Global Actor”, (coauthored with Jonas Meckling – 50% each) in Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy, edited by Robert Falkner (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp. 286-303.
  • 2012. “International Political Economy and the Environment: Back to the Basics?” co-authored with Eric Helleiner. International Affairs, Vol.88, No.3, 2012, pp.485-501.
  • 2012. “Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance.” Biermann, F. et al. including J Clapp. Science, 335 (6074), 2012, pp.1306-1307.
  • 2012. “Towards a Strengthened Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability.” 2012. Biermann, F. et al. including J. Clapp Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability Vol.4, No.1, 2012, pp.51-60.
  • 2012. “Troubled Futures? The Global Food Crisis and the Politics of Agricultural Derivatives Regulation”. (co-authored with Eric Helleiner), Review of International Political Economy. Vol. 19, No.2, 2012, pp.181-207.
  • 2012. “Private Voluntary Programs in Environmental Governance: Climate Change and the Financial Sector”, with Jason Thistlethwaite (50% each), in K. Ronit (ed), Business and Climate Policy: Potentials and Pitfalls of Voluntary Programs. (UN University Press, 2012), pp.43-76.
  • 2012. “The Global Reach of Plastic Waste”, in Histories of the Dustheap, edited by Stephanie Foote (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012), pp.199-225.
  • 2012. “Who Governs Global Food Prices”, in Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, edited by Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner and Tony Winson (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2012), pp.276-289.
  • 2012.  “Food Security and the WTO”, in Trade, Poverty, Development: Getting beyond the Doha Deadlock edited by Rorden Wilkinson and James Scott (London: Routledge, 2012), pp.57-71.
  • 2011. “Introduction to Symposium - Private Agrifood Governance: Values, Shortcomings and Strategies”, with Lawrence Busch, Doris Fuchs and Agni Kalfagianni, Agriculture and Human Values, Vol.28, No.3, 2011, pp.335-344.
  • 2011.  “Toxic Exports: Despite Global Treaty, Hazardous Waste Trade Continues”, in Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century, edited by Nils Gilman, Jesse Goldhammer and Steven Weber (London: Continuum, 2011). pp.166-179.
  • 2011. “Renegotiating the Food Aid Convention: What is on the Table?”, Policy Options (PDF). August 2011, pp.27-32.
  • 2011. “Troubled Futures? The Global Food Crisis and the Politics of Agricultural Derivatives Regulation” (co-authored with Eric Helleiner), Review of International Political Economy.
  • 2010. “Environment and Global Political Economy”, in Gabriela Kutting (ed) Global Environmental Politics: Concepts, Theories, Case Studies (London:Routledge).
  • 2010. “Responding to the Food Crisis: The Untying of Canadian Food Aid”, in Canada Among Nations, edited by P. Heinbecker and F. Hampson, McGill-Queens University Press, 2010, pp.360-367.
  • 2009. “Food Price Volatility and Vulnerability in the Global South: Considering the Global Economic  Context”, Third World Quarterly, Vol.30, No.6, 2009, pp.1183-1196.
  • 2009. “The Global Food Crisis and International Agricultural Policy: Which Way Forward?”, Global Governance, Vol.15, No.2, 2009, pp.299-312.
  • 2009. “Doing Away with Plastic Shopping Bags: Explaining International Patterns of Norm Adoption and Policy Diffusion" (co-authored with Linda Swanston), Environmental Politics. Vol.18, No.3, 2009, pp. 315-332.
  • 2009. “The Food Crisis and Global Governance” (with M. J. Cohen) in J. Clapp and M. J.
  • Cohen (eds) The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities, WLU Press, 2009, pp.3-12.
  • 2009. “Responding to Food Price Volatility and Vulnerability: Considering the Global Economic Context”, in J. Clapp and M. J. Cohen (eds) The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities, WLU Press, 2009, ppp.43-57.
  • 2009. “Agrifood Corporations, Global Governance, and Sustainability: A Framework for Analysis”, co-authored with Doris Fuchs – 50% each, in J. Clapp and D. Fuchs (eds) Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009), pp. 1-25. 
  • 2009. “Corporate Interests in International Food Aid Policy”, in J. Clapp and D. Fuchs (eds) Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009), pp.125-152. 
  • 2009. “Corporate Power and Global Food Governance: Lessons Learned”, co-authored with Doris Fuchs – 50% each, in in J. Clapp and D. Fuchs (eds) Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009), pp.285-296.
  • 2008. “Global Mechanisms for Greening TNCs: Inching Towards Corporate Accountability?”, in Kevin Gallagher (ed), Handbook on Trade and Environment (Edward Elgar), pp. 159-170.
  • 2008. "A Global Outlook on Food Studies", Food, Culture and Society, Vol.11, No.3, September, pp.275-80.
  • 2008. "Illegal GMO Releases and Corporate Responsibility:  Questioning the Effectiveness of Voluntary Measures", Ecological Economics, Vol. 66, No.2-3, pp.348-358.
  • 2008. “Corporate Responsibility, Accountability and Law: an Introduction” (co-authored with Peter Utting) in Corporate Accountability and Sustainable Development, edited by Peter Utting and Jennifer Clapp (Delhi: Oxford University Press) 2008: 1-33.
  • 2008. “Corporate Accountability in the Agro-Food Sector: The Case of Illegal GMO Releases”, in Corporate Accountability and Sustainable Development, edited by Peter Utting and Jennifer Clapp (Delhi: Oxford University Press) 2008: 129-154.
  • 2007. “WTO Agriculture Negotiations and the Global South”, in Rorden Wilkinson and Donna Lee (eds), The WTO after Hong Kong (London: Routledge) 2007 , pp.37-55.
  • 2007. “Transnational Corporate Interests in International Biosafety Negotiations”, in Robert Falkner (ed) International Politics of Genetically Modified Food (London : Palgrave), pp.34-47.
  • 2007. “The Political Economy of Food Aid in an Era of Agricultural Biotechnology”, in Robert Falkner (ed) International Politics of Genetically Modified Food (London : Palgrave), 2006, pp.85-99.
  • 2006. "Demystifying Doha:  Making Sense of the WTO Agricultural Trade Talks", Harvard International Review, September.
  • 2006. "WTO Agriculture Negotiations: Implications for the Global South", Third World Quarterly Vol.27, No.4: pp.563-577.
  • 2006. "Developing Countries and the WTO Agriculture Negotiations", CIGI Working Paper No.6, March.
  • 2006. "Unplanned Exposure to Genetically Modified Organisms:  Divergent Responses in the Global South", Journal of Environment and Development. Vol 15, No.1: 3-21.
  • 2005. "The Political Economy of Food Aid in an Era of Agricultural Biotechnology", Global Governance, Vol.11, No.4: 467-485.
  • 2005. "International Political Economy and the Environment," in M. Betsill, K. Hochstetler and D. Stevis (eds.), Palgrave Guide to International Envionmental Politics (New York: Palgrave).
  • 2005. "Global Environmental Governance for Corporate Responsibility and Accountability," Special issue of Global Environmental Politics, Vol.5, No.3, pp.23-34.
  • 2005. "Transnational Corporations and Global Environmental Governance," in Peter Dauvergne (ed.), Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar).
  • 2005. "Responses to Environmental Threats in an Age of Globalization", in Robert Paehlke and Douglas Torgerson, Managing Leviathan, second edition, (Peterborough: Broadview Press). 
  • 2004. "WTO Agricultural Trade Battles and Food Aid", Third World Quarterly, Vol.25, No.8, pp.1439-1452. 
  • 2004. "The Privatization of Global Environmental Governance: ISO 14000 and the Developing World", in David Levy and Peter Newell,The Business of Global Environmental Governance (Cambridge: MIT Press).
  • 2003. "Transnational corporate interests and global environmental governance: negotiating rules for agricultural biotechnology and chemicals", Environmental Politics, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 1-23.
  • 2003. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind:  Cross-border traffic in waste fails to address the problem of consumption", Alternatives, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 39-40.
  • 2003. "Hazardous Waste and Human Security in Southeast Asia: Local - Global Linkages and Responses", in D. Dewitt and C. Hernandez (eds.) Development and Security in Southeast Asia, Volume I: The environment (London: Ashgate).
  • 2003. "Environment, Development and Security in Southeast Asia: Exploring the Linkages", with Peter Dauvergne, in D. Dewitt and C. Hernandez (eds.) Development and Security in Southeast Asia, Volume I: The environment (London: Ashgate).
  • 2002. "What the Pollution Havens Debate Overlooks", Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 11-19.
  • 2002. "Piles of Poisons:  Despite NAFTA's green promises, hazardous waste problems are deepening in Mexico", Alternatives, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 25-26.
  • 2002. "Seeping Through the Regulatory Cracks:  The International Transfer of Toxic Waste", SAIS Review, Vol. 22, No. 1.
  • 2002. "Distancing of Waste:  Overconsumption in a Global Economy", in Thomas Princen, Michael Maniates and Ken Conca (eds.)Confronting Consumption (Cambridge: MIT Press).
  • 2001. "Basel Convention", in T. Munn (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change (Chichester: John Wiley).
  • 2001. "ISO Environmental Standards: Industry's Gift to a Polluted Globe or the Developed World's Competition-Killing Strategy?", in H.O. Bergesen, G. Parmann, and Ø.B. Thommessen (eds.), Yearbook of International Cooperation on Environment and Development 2001 (London: Earthscan Publications), pp. 27-33.
  • 2000. "Africa and the International Toxic Waste Trade", in Moses K. Tesi (ed.) The Environment and Development in Africa (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books).
  • 1999. "Standard Inequities: ISO 14000 May Encourage Cleaner Production in Developing Countries but it may also Bring Higher Costs and Lower Performance Requirements" in: Gibson, R. (ed.) Voluntary Initiatives and the New Politics of Corporate Greening(Peterborough: Broadview Press).
  • 1999. "The Illicit Trade in Hazardous Wastes and CFCs: International Responses to Environmental 'Bads'" in: Friman, R. and Andreas, P. The Illicit Global Economy and State Power (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield).
  • 1999. "The Global Economy and Environmental Change in Africa" in: Stubbs, R. and Underhill, G. (eds.), Political Economy and the Changing Global Order, second edition, (Oxford: OUP).
  • 1998. "Global economic factors in Africa's environmental crisis" in: Akinrinade, S. and Sesay, A. (eds.) Africa in The Post-Cold War International System (London and Washington: Pinter Publishing Ltd.) pp. 195-213.
  • 1998.  "Foreign Direct Investment in Hazardous Industries in Developing Countries:  Rethinking the Debate", Environmental Politics, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 92-113.
  • 1998. "The Privatization of Global Environmental Governance:  ISO 14000 and the Developing World", Global Governance, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 295-316.
  • 1997. “Threats to the Environment in an Era of Globalization: An End to State Sovereignty?” in Ted Schrecker (ed) Surviving Globalism.  London : Macmillan, 1997, pp.123-140.
  • 1997. “The Illegal CFC Trade: An Unexpected Wrinkle in the Ozone Protection Regime”, International Environmental Affairs, Vol.9, No.4, pp.259-73
  • 1995. “Guinea ’s Economic Performance under Structural Adjustment: Importance of Mining and Agriculture,” Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp.425-449. (co-authored with Dr. Bonnie Campbell, each responsible for 50%)
  • 1994. “The toxic waste trade with less-industrialized countries: economic linkages and political alliances”, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 3, Fall, pp.505-518.
  • 1994. “Africa , NGOs, and the international toxic waste trade,” Journal of Environment and Development, Vol. 3, No. 2, July, pp.17-46.
  • 1994. “Explaining policy reform implementation in Guinea : the role of both internal and external factors,” Journal of International Development, Vol. 6, No. 3, June, pp. 307-326.
  • 1994. “Guinea 's Foreign Policy: incorporation and marginalization in the new world order”, in T. Shaw and J. Okolo (eds.), The Political Economy of Foreign Policy in ECOWAS States. London : Macmillan, pp.47-65.
  • 1993. “Interpreting agricultural performance in Guinea under structural adjustment,” Canadian Journal of African Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp.173-195.

Reports, op-eds and media

  • 2011. Regular blogger for Triple Crisis
  • 2011. “Food Aid Talks: What’s on the Table”. Toronto Star, August 2, 2011.
  • 2011. Interview on the Food Aid Convention.
  • 2010. Interview on food security (G8).
  • 2010. “Improving the Governance of the Food Aid Convention: Which Way Forward?”, CIGI Policy Brief #20 (PDF). (co-authored with Stuart Clark).2010. "Over 1 Billion not Served: The Economic Crisis and Global Food Governance", CIGI Public Lecture (April 20, 2010).
  • 2010.  "Over 1 Billion NOT Served: The Economic Crisis and Global Food Governance", CIGI Public Lecture (April 20, 2010).
  • 2010. "Canada's Chance to Lead Global Food Aid Reforms", CIGI Op-ed. July 5.2010.
  • "G20 Must Take Broader Economic Approach to Food Security", CIGI Op-ed, May 14. 2009.
  • Radio Interview re: Ethiopia and Food Aid, CBC’s The Current, October 30.
  • 2009. Environmental Sustainability and the World Economic Crisis: Linkages and Policy Recommendations, (Editor), CIGI Briefing Booklet.
  • 2009. “The Financial Crisis and Food Security”, in J. Clapp (ed) Environmental Sustainability and the World Economic Crisis: Linkages and Policy Recommendations, CIGI Briefing Booklet.
  • 2009. “New Frontiers in Global Environmental Governance: Mapping the Terrain”, with Steven Bernstein and Matthew J. Hoffman, CIGI Working Paper.
  • 2009. “The G8 and the Global Food Security Crisis”, Chatham House/CIGI online commentary, July 10, 2009.
  • 2009. “The Food Crisis”, Waterloo Region Record, April 25.
  • 2008. "The Global Food Crisis:  Causes, Consequences, Solutions?", Food for Thought Lecture, CIGI, May 13.
  • 2008. "Stepping Up to the Plate:  Rich nations must hand over more cash for food aid and reduce subsidies to their farmers", Editorial in Globe and Mail, April 30.
  • 2008. "The Time has Come to Kill all the Plastic Bags", Editorial in Globe and Mail, February 11.
  • 2008. "Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags:  Issues for the Region of Waterloo to Consider", with Linda Swanston and Justin Williams. Presented to Waterloo Regional Council February 2008.
  • 2007. "Packaging Industry Needs a New Mould", Editorial in The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, August 15.
  • 2007. "Cash Donations Best Way to Help World's Hungry", Editorial in The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, January 24.
  • 2006. "Developing Countries Must be Heard at Trade Talks", Editorial in The Kitchener-Waterloo Record. September 7, 2006

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