Jennifer Clapp holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability in the Environment and Resource Studies Department at the University of Waterloo. Professor Clapp received her BA in economics from the University of Michigan and her MSc and PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Throughout her career, Professor Clapp's research has focused on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, the environment, and food security. In particular, she has studied how international economic policies can better foster food security and environmental sustainability goals on a global scale. Professor Clapp takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research, combining insights from political science, international relations, economics, environmental studies, and food studies.
Professor Clapp is the author or editor of nine books and over 70 book chapters and journal articles. Her recent books include Food (Polity, 2012); Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012); Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment (MIT Press, 2011, 2nd edition); The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities (WLU Press, 2009); and Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (MIT Press, 2009). She served as co-editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics from 2007 to 2012 and had been the associate editor of the journal from 2000 to 2007.
Professor Clapp received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies and her book _Hunger in the Balance_ was shortlisted for the 2012 Donner Prize. Professor Clapp has carried out consulting work for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations World Food Programme, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Oxfam Great Britain.