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Professor Jennifer Clapp named Royal Society of Canada Fellow

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jennifer Clapp, woman in blue sweater with glasses, folding her arms and standing in front of tree with fall colorsThe Faculty of Environment congratulates Jennifer Clapp, who earlier today was named a Fellow by The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honour. Royal Society Fellows are selected by their peers as best in their field for their scholarly, scientific and artistic achievements.

A renowned expert in global environmental politics and international food security, Professor Clapp teaches in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection of global economics, the environment, and food security. She has carried out consulting work for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations World Food Programme, the Canadian International Development Agency and Oxfam Great Britain.

Citing the significant impact of her career research in environmental politics, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bruce Mitchell, and a Fellow of the Royal Society, said “Professor Clapp’s work opened new avenues of inquiry by exploring the ways in which global economic relationships contributed to environmental problems, and the role of private actors, such as transnational corporations, in global environmental governance processes.”

In honouring her, the RSC noted:

“Jennifer Clapp is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of global environmental politics and the political economy of international food security. Through her numerous publications and outreach activities, she has identified and developed new avenues of inquiry for scholars and policy-makers. These include examination of the linkages among transnational economic actors, governance processes, and outcomes for both the environment and for food systems.”

Professor Clapp was named a Trudeau Fellow in 2013 and received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies. She has been recognized with three Outstanding Performance Awards from the Faculty of Environment, and an Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award from the University of Waterloo. The author or editor of more than 70 journal articles and book chapters, and nine books, her book Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid, was shortlisted for the 2012 Donner Prize for the best book in the field of public policy by a Canadian.

Professor Clapp is one of three University of Waterloo faculty named by the Society this year, including Colin MacLeod from the Department of Psychology and Tamer Özsu of the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

"Waterloo is home to top teaching and research talent representing a vast array of disciplines, as indicated by the selection of these three accomplished professors as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "Their important work influences our daily lives and will help Waterloo achieve its goal of becoming one of the top innovation universities in the world. The University congratulates them on this deserved recognition."

Professor Clapp will be formally inducted at a ceremony in Kingston on November 18th, 2016.

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