Phoebe Stephens: Financialising Nature

2018 Scholar Phoebe Stephens has co-authored a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance entitled Financialising Nature. The chapter focuses on the growing importance of financial markets, motives, actors, and institutions in the world economy–often referred to as “financialisation”– which has significant implications for the environment and sustainability.


Phoebe Stephens is a PhD candidate in social and ecological sustainability at the University of Waterloo. With the support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Phoebe investigates sustainable food systems in Canada, with a specific focus on their growth through innovative financing mechanisms. Her Master’s thesis explored how the financialization of agriculture encourages land grabs.