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Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Development Studies, University of Toronto

Phoebe Stephens is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. She researches the role of finance in supporting transitions to more sustainable food systems. Phoebe's work has been published in academic journals such as Agriculture and Human Values, Canadian Food Studies, and Globalizations as well as in several book chapters. Phoebe holds a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo and is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar (2018).


  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto
  • 2015–2016
    Global Campaigns and Advocacy Lead, Oxfam International
  • 2013–2015
    Sustainability Manager, Works Design and Communications
  • 2009–2011
    Campaigns Coordinator, Oxfam Canada
  • 2008–2009
    Assistant Consultant, Hill and Knowlton


  • 2021 
    University of Waterloo, PhD Social and Ecological Sustainability
  • 2012 
    University of Waterloo, MA Global Governance
  • 2007 
    McGill University , International Development


  • 2021
    Social Financing for a Resilient Food Future, Sustainability
  • 2021
    Community Investing for Sustainable Food Systems: Assessing the barriers and opportunities for transformation, Agriculture and Human Values
  • 2021
    How the Legacies of the Last Global Food Crisis Sowed the Seeds for the Next One, Critical Perspectives in Food Studies
  • 2020
    Financializing Nature, Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance
  • 2020
    Financing Food System Regeneration? The potential of social finance in the agrifood sector, Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems
  • 2019
    Community Financing for Sustainable Food Systems: The case of FarmWorks Investment Co-operative, Canadian Food Studies
  • 2019
    A Perspective on Social Economy and Food Systems: Key insights and thoughts on future research, Canadian Food Studies
  • 2018
    Researching the Global Environmental Politics of Food, Research Agenda for Global Environmental Politics
  • 2014
    The Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment, Land Grabbing and Global Governance
  • 2013
    Principles in Responsible Agricultural Investment, Globalizations
  • 2011
    The Global Land Grab: An analysis of extant governance institutions, International Affairs Review
  • 2011
    Equity Norms in Global Environmental Governance, Canadian Journal of Globalization

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Food Studies