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Clare Church is a research officer for IISD’s Resilience Program. Her work focuses on environment, conflict and peacebuilding, analyzing the connections between environmental change, natural resources and security.
Clare brings a diverse background in political science and investigative journalism, with an emphasis on issues of human rights and international relations. Her past experience includes conducting archival research for investigative news outlets and documentaries, as well as providing reporting and writing for news organizations such as OpenDemocracy, New York Magazine and Philanthropy New York.
She completed her Master of Arts from New York University, where she also served as a teaching assistant for courses in research methodology. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in political science and history. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
- What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?The challenge that electronics hibernation poses to the circular economy.
- Green Conflict Minerals: The fuels of conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economyThis reports seeks to understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy—and the minerals and metals required to make that shift—could affect fragility, conflict and violence dynamics in mineral-rich states.
- Electric Vehicles vs. Fuel-Efficient Used Cars: Which really drives sustainability? Debates surrounding the merits of electric vehicles versus fuel-efficient used cars have typically focused on carbon emissions and energy use only—but what of the conflict implications?
- Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke with Silja Halle of UN Environment to discuss the opportunities presented by environment and natural resources to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes.
- Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide A series of recent reports has revealed a new complexity to the familiar topic of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s “conflict minerals.” Clare Church explores how the trade now not only proliferates outsides of the mobile phone industry, but also outside of the country itself.