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Tracey Wagner-Rizvi is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance (ABD) at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, with a focus on global social governance. Her doctoral research looks at how civil society and corporate actors are able to influence global health policy-making, especially when their interests are at odds and they each have different access to various types of power. She has seen these tensions first-hand while working with an International Baby Food Action Network member organization in Pakistan. While campaigning for legislation implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, she observed the influence of the baby food industry on both national and global health policy.

Tracey holds an MA in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo (Balsillie School of International Affairs) with a focus on human rights and global justice, and a Combined Honours BA (with Distinction) in Global Studies (Research Specialization Option) and Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her current research is supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012-2015).

Prior to attending university, she lived in Pakistan for 13 years, with a short period in Afghanistan in 2002. During that time, she worked for UNICEF, local and international non-governmental organizations, and a national newspaper.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012-2015)
  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • J. Alan George Student Leadership Award (2011-2012)
  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women (2011-2012)
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (2010-2011)
  • Balsillie Master’s Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship (2010-2011)
  • MA in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario (2011) – Focus on Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Combined Honours BA (with Distinction) in Global Studies (Research Specialization Option) and Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario (2010)

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