Jennifer Clapp and Eric Helleiner lead seminars at SPERI

This week we were delighted to welcome world-leading academics Professor Jennifer Clapp and Professor Eric Helleiner from the University of Waterloo to SPERI.

Professor Clapp and Professor Helleiner both gave talks at SPERI as part of our new Political Economy Seminar Series, organised jointly with the Political Economy Research Group in the Department of Politics.

Jennifer Clapp is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She is a world-leading scholar in the fields of food, the environment and International Relations and her research focuses on global governance issues at the intersection of food security, the global economy, and the environment.

Professor Clapp’s seminar on ‘Financialisation and the future of food’ presented new research from Speculative Harvests, her most recent book (co-authored with Ryan Isakson) which investigates the evolving relationship between the agrifood and financial sectors, paying particular attention to how the contemporary process of financialisation is reshaping agrarian development and food systems

Professor Clapp’s visit to Sheffield was organised to mark World Food Day 2018. Whilst in Sheffield she also delivered a public lecture in front of a large audience at the university on the theme of Power, Politics and Justice in the World Food Economy. The lecture was co-organised by the University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF) group, SPERI and the Department of Politics.

Eric Helleiner is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. His areas of expertise of International Political Economy, international money and finance, and the history of political economy. He is a member of SPERI’s International Advisory Board.

Professor Helleiner’s seminar on ‘Globalizing the historical roots of IPE’ focused on the ways in which the historical foundations of IPE might be ‘globalized’ to complement and reinforce efforts to strengthen contemporary global conversations in the field. In recent years, leading IPE scholars have been calling for more of a ‘global conversation’ in their field involving greater attention to contemporary IPE scholarship from beyond the regions of Europe and North America.