Postdoctoral Fellow; PhD Graduate: Arctic governance, environmental governance, Canadian public administration, OECD
Jennifer Spence’s current 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, the role of the Arctic Council in circumpolar policy and decision-making, as well as the relationship between domestic decision-making systems and international fora.
She comes to the School after a successful 18 years of experience with the Canadian federal public service. Her diverse experience with the public service includes aboriginal policy and negotiation in the context of fisheries resource management, human resource policy and capacity development, federal government procurement, public policy analysis and development, and change management. She also worked for the United Nations Development Program, Drylands Development Centre (Nairobi, Kenya) as a project manager developing an international network of drylands policy experts.
Jennifer holds a PhD in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Administration (2017) an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University and an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.