The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation today recognized a professor at the University of Waterloo for her work in the area of global environmental and food policy by awarding her a prestigious Trudeau fellowship.
Professor Jennifer Clapp, from the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at Waterloo, conducts research that looks at the effect of global trade, financial markets and investment on world hunger and the environment. She is Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability.
"Guaranteeing food security for the world's citizens is a critical challenge as we move into the future with a growing population and uncertain climate. This challenge is of dual importance to Canadians who not only rely on a sustainable food system for their health, but who are important players in global food production," said Professor André Roy, dean of the Faculty of Environment. "We are thrilled that Professor Clapp's transformative research on food security, governance and environmental sustainability is being supported by the Trudeau Foundation."
A pioneer in the academic field of global political economy and environment, Professor Clapp takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research, and aims to raise international awareness about the ways in which global economic trends are interconnected with food and environmental outcomes.
"My research combines insights from political science, international relations, economics, environmental studies and food studies," she said. "A significant aspect of my work is providing policy recommendations that will help to improve global governance arrangements to better ensure both environmental sustainability and improved access to nutritious food, especially in the world’s poorest countries. The Trudeau fellowship will help me enormously in advancing my work."
The foundation announced four new fellows at an event today at Université de Montréal. Trudeau fellows receive $225,000 over three years. The fellowships are lifetime appointments.