Claire Perttula graduated in 2018 from Trent University with a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Environmental & Resource Studies. As part of her undergraduate work Claire spent the 2016-2017 academic year in Ghana, studying at the University of Cape Coast and completing a three-month internship with the Ghana Permaculture Institute. After graduating Claire worked on an organic farm in the Kawartha Lakes for a year and a half, running market stands, growing food, and getting involved in the politics of farmers’ markets. Her research and career interests include food sovereignty, ecologically-sound agriculture, food systems education, and the different but interrelated environmental impacts of rural and urban areas in the current national and global food system. At the BSIA Claire deepened her understanding of the link between international trade and international environmental policies through a lens of food sovereignty. Starting in Fall 2021, Claire will continue her research in food sovereignty, farm-community sustainability, and food systems education at York University in their PhD of Geography program.