Lucy Hinton is a PhD student and doctoral fellow in the Global Governance program at BSIA. Supervised by Dr. Jennifer Clapp, Canadian Research Chair in Food Security and Sustainability, Lucy’s dissertation is focused on an investigation of food culture change in Costa Rica. Using a mixed-methods approach, she is interested in the dynamics of food culture change in the Global South’s nutrition transition. Using a food regime theoretical framework, Lucy applies the notion of both a corporate food regime and the prevalence of ‘the empty calorie’ to her work, concentrating on the Ticos’ perceptions of dietary change and the influence of corporate Big Food.

Prior to coming to the BSIA, Lucy has worked in a number of fields. Having a strong environmental background, she worked as a project management coordinator for the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail. She has lived and worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, assisting a local forestry and agriculture organization. This work helped her move into her Master’s research in Halifax, NS, which focused on a group of ethnically Nepali Bhutanese refugees and their use of a community food garden to improve both social integration and dietary integration into Canadian society. Lucy’s research is centred on the dynamics of food culture and sustainability, and understanding the conditions and influences on them.

Lucy was also the Valedictorian of her graduating class at the University of Waterloo in 2013, and is the recipient of graduate awards from Dalhousie University and Millennium Excellence awards. She also received the Kavelmann-Fond Award for International Experience from the University of Waterloo. Lucy also holds a Private Pilot’s Licence and Glider Instructor Rating, and can often be found on weekends teaching gliding with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Gliding Program.

  • PhD Global Governance, Balsille School of International Affairs
  • MA, International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, 2016
  • BES, International Development, University of Waterloo, 2013

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2016
  • Dalhousie Graduate Scholarship, 2014
  • Borders in Globalization (SSHRC) Grant, 2014
  • Kavelmann-Fond International Experience Award, 2012
  • Valedictorian, University of Waterloo, 2013
  • University of Waterloo President’s Scholarship, 2009
  • Millennium Excellence Award, 2009


  • Hinton, L. and M. Schnurr. 2017 (submitted). “”I think of my little garden here as the same as my three acres in Bhutan”: How Bhutanese Refugees Find Home in a Community Garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia”. Borders in Globalization. In V. Konrad. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Hinton, Lucy. 2015. “Developing a Sense of Responsibility Towards Social Justice”. Focus: Centre for Teaching and Learning on University Teaching and Learning. 23 (2), 3-4.

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