Dr. Jennifer Spence, Waterloo University

EVENT DATE: February 13, 2020
TOPIC: Into the Vortex – Arctic Governance in Times of Uncertainty and Change

After a BA (Hon.) in political science from the University of British Columbia, and then an MA in conflict management and analysis from Royal Roads University, Jennifer Spence earned a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University in 2017. Previously she held a number of senior positions with a variety of Government of Canada Departments, as well as being a Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

She is currently an  Adjunct Research Professor with the Northern Studies Program at Carleton.  She is also the Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group.

Jennifer’s research interests are the relationship between policy decision-making and formal and informal governance structures – with a particular focus on environmental governance in the circumpolar region, and the role of the Arctic Council in circumpolar policy and decision-making. She is an expert in international governance and public policy, and she has a special interest in the opportunities and challenges facing the Arctic region.