PhD candidate

Lucie Edwards Lucie Edwards is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Waterloo’s Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Lucie came to the University of Waterloo after 34 years in the Canadian foreign service, including 16 years based in Africa and Asia. She has specialized in international development throughout her career, with a particular interest in food security and rural poverty in Africa and South Asia. She has played an active leadership role in the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), notably serving as Chair of the World Agroforestry Centre, trustee of the Centre for International Forest Research and co-Chair of the CGIAR’s program on gender and development. She currently serves on the board of Partners in Health Canada.

Lucie’s primary research interest is the use of science and technology for the poor, with a particular focus on initiatives to support the “bottom billion” in Africa and South Asia. Her dissertation focuses on the uses of international scientific assessments as policy instruments in such fields as climate change, biodiversity and food security.

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Selected publications

Open access: 2013. Edwards, Lucie. “Global Problems, African Solutions: African Climate Scientists’ Perspectives on Climate Change.” Africa Initiative Discussion Paper Series. No. 7.

Open access: 2012. Edwards, Lucie. “Food Fight: The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development.” Journal of Agrobiotechnology Management and Economics. Vol. 15, No. 1.

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