Jill Barclay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development with specialization in Latin American Studies from the University of Guelph. Throughout her undergrad, Jill developed a passion for exploring topics of institutional colonization, international trade imbalances, and marginalized groups’ relationships with the institutions that govern them. During her undergraduate independent study, Jill explored topical issues related to direct trade coffee in Nicaragua through research, literature reviews, and interviews with Nicaraguan coffee farmers, roasters, and Ontarian café owners. The project gave her valuable experience and training in Research Ethics applications, requirements, and processes.
Jill has work experience in the development field, including assisting in the creation of an online NGO database through independent research, transcriptions, and Spanish to English translations for accessibility. Additionally, Jill gained valuable fieldwork experience while working with communities in Fiji to oversee multifaceted village-run projects, providing support and resources to participants and community members.
In pursuing her Masters of Global Governance at the Balsillie School, Jill aspires to inform policies and relations between marginalized groups and government bodies to better understand and address the past and current political climate in Canada. Jill approaches academic studies with a multidisciplinary lens and incorporates her past education and work experience to her studies in global governance and development.