PhD candidate

Phoebe StephensPhoebe Stephens is a PhD candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

With the support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Phoebe investigates sustainable food systems in Canada, with a specific focus on their growth through innovative financing mechanisms. Her Master's thesis explored how the financialization of agriculture encourages land grabs.

Phoebe's work has been published in several interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals and she continues to collaborate with scholars in her field to produce cutting edge research. Currently, Phoebe is on the Board of the Canadian Association of Food Studies. She has secured a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship for her future work which will look at the intersection between finance, agtech innovation and sustainability. 

Previously, Phoebe held several positions related to sustainable food and agriculture. As the Global Campaign and Alliances Lead at Oxfam International, Phoebe developed public engagement strategies to demonstrate the extreme inequalities of the current financial system. While at Oxfam Canada, she developed communications strategies for the food security campaign GROW. She also worked on sustainability reporting for companies including Loblaws and Maple Leaf Foods.

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