Jennifer Clapp is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability and Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is currently Vice Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE-FSN) of the UN Committee on World Food Security, of which she has been a member since 2019. Dr. Clapp is also a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub.
Dr. Clapp has published widely on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, food security and food systems, and the natural environment. Her most recent research projects have examined the political economy of financial actors in the global food system, the politics of trade and food security, and corporate concentration in the global food system. She has also written on policy and governance responses to the global food crisis, the political economy of food assistance, and global environmental policy and governance. Her most recent books include Food, 3rd Edition (Polity, 2020), Speculative Harvests: Financialization, Food, and Agriculture (with S. Ryan Isakson, Fernwood Press, 2018), Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012), Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment, 2nd Edition (with Peter Dauvergne, MIT Press, 2011), and Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (co-edited with Doris Fuchs, MIT Press, 2009).
Dr. Clapp’s work has been widely recognized. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of numerous awards, including: the 2012 Award for Excellence in Food Studies Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies, a 2013 Trudeau Fellowship, the 2018 Innis-Gérin Medal by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for her contributions to the social sciences, and the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association. She also received a Killam Research Fellowship (2020-2022) and in 2023 she was elected as an international fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Clapp also received the 2014 Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision at the University of Waterloo.