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Jennifer Clapp is Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She is affiliated with both the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Her published work covers a range of topics at the interface of the global economy, food, and the environment, including the politics of agricultural trade, food aid, agricultural biotechnology, and the role of transnational corporations in global environmental and food governance.

Her recent books include: Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012), Food (Polity, 2012), Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment, 2nd Edition (with Peter Dauvergne, MIT Press, 2011), The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities (co-edited with Marc J.  Cohen, WLU Press, 2009), and Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (co-edited with Doris Fuchs, MIT Press, 2009).

She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Professor Clapp was awarded a Trudeau Fellowship in 2013, and received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Food Studies Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies. She is also currently a Fellow of the Broadbent Institute, and is a regular blogger for Triple Crisis.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • 2014 – Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision (University of Waterloo)
  • 2013 – Trudeau Fellowship
  • 2012 – Award for Excellence in Food Studies Research, Canadian Association for Food Studies
  • 2010 – Outstanding Performance Award (University of Waterloo)
  • 2007 – Outstanding Performance Award (University of Waterloo)


  • 2014. Financialization, Distance and Global Food Politics. Vol 41 DOI:101080/030661502013875536.
  • 2013. How We Count Hunger Matters. (co-authored with Frances Moore Lappe Molly Anderson Robin Broad Ellen Messer Thomas Pogge and Timothy Wise) Vol27 No3 pp251-59.
  • 2013. The G20 and Food Security: A Mismatch in Global Governance?. (co-authored with Sophia Murphy) Vol4 No2 pp 129-138.
  • 2012. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
  • 2012. (Cambridge: Polity).
  • 2012. International Political Economy and the Environment: Back to the Basics?. (co-authored with Eric Helleiner) Vol88 No3 pp485-501.
  • 2011. Renegotiating the Food Aid Convention: What is on the Table?. August pp 27-32.
  • 2011. Troubled Futures? The Global Food Crisis and the Politics of Agricultural Derivatives Regulation.. Co-authored with Eric Helleiner.
  • 2011. 2nd edition co-authored with Peter Dauvergne (Cambridge MA: MIT Press).
  • 2010. Environment and Global Political Economy. in Gabriela Kutting (ed) (London: Routledge).
  • 2010. Responding to the Food Crisis: The untying of Canadian Food Aid. in edited by P Heinbecker and F Hampson (McGill-Queen’s University Press) pp360-367.
  • 2010. co-edited with Rorden Wilkinson (London: Routledge).
  • 2009. co-edited with Doris Fuchs (MIT Press) 301 pp.
  • 2009. Food Price Volatility and Vulnerability in the Global South: Considering the Global Economic Context. September.
  • Linda Swanston. 2009. Doing Away with Plastic Shopping Bags: Explaining International Patterns of Norm Adoption and Policy Diffusion. Vol18 No 3.
  • 2009. The Global Food Crisis and International Agricultural Policy: Which Way Forward?. Vol15 No 2.
  • 2008. Illegal GMO Releases and Corporate Responsibility: Questioning the Effectiveness of Voluntary Measures. Vol 66 No 2-3 pp348-358.
  • Professor, Environment and Resource Studies • Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability

  • University of Waterloo

  • Offices: EV2, Room 2041 (UW); BSIA 342
  • 226-772-3058; 519-888-4567 x32068 (UW)

Environment and ResourcesGlobal Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)Multilateral Institutions
  • Ph.D., International Relations, London School of Economics (1992)
  • M.Sc., Politics of the World Economy, London School of Economics (1988)
  • B.A., Economics, University of Michigan (1986)

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