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Political Economy of the COVID-19 Crisis

October 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A panel discussion with John Abraham, Honor Brabazon, and Jennifer Clapp

The COVID-19 crisis has been a transformative one with important political economy dimensions and implications. The panelists will explore the political economy of the pandemic in three ways. Dr. Brabazon will focus on this issue in the context of neoliberal governance in Canada. Dr. Abraham will discuss some political economy aspects of the unfolding of the crisis in India. Dr. Clapp will discuss the political economy of COVID-19’s impact on food security in a global context.


John AbrahamJohn Abraham is a Lecturer in the International Development program at St. Paul’s University College and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on the Political Economies of South Asia, Social Innovation and Environmental Policy.



Armin Grunwald

Honor Brabazon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo. Her research is largely concerned with the role of legal logics in neoliberal thought and in the implementation and contestation of neoliberal policy, and she is the editor of Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project (Routledge, 2017).


Jennifer ClappJennifer Clapp is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability and Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her recent books include Food, 3rd Edition (Polity, 2020), Speculative Harvests: Financialization, Food, and Agriculture (Fernwood Press, 2018), and Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012. Jennifer is a member of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the UN Committee on World Food Security.


October 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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