Clare Urquhart graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, as well as a minor in Business. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Clare has developed a passion for understanding social injustices on a global scale, and in her final year at Laurier, focused her interests towards Risk Communication, specifically Global Health Communication. For her final research paper of her undergraduate degree, Clare focused on researching health communication practices, policies, and initiatives taken during the Ebola Crisis of West Africa from 2014-2016, and analyzed the connections between global health communication, health infrastructure, border and global security, and economic and political dynamics on a global scale. She hopes to continue researching this topic for her Major Research Project within the MAGG program, further analyzing and understanding the governance of health on a global scale, especially with regards to emerging diseases. Clare approaches academic work and research through a multi-disciplinary lens, incorporating subjects such as political science, economics, in conjunction with the study of communication and media.
During her undergraduate degree, Clare participated in a number of extra-curricular activities and events, including volunteering for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students Union, the Ontario Young Liberals Association, as well as Laurier’s Relay for Life Events through the Canadian Cancer Society. Clare also took part in additional PhD research for the Communication Studies department in her fourth-year, volunteering her time to aiding in research of faculty relationships with students at Laurier. When she is not reading global news, Clare enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.