Sophia Murphy

PhD Candidate


I am a PhD Candidate at IRES. My research asks how international trade can better support the realization of food security, investigating the issues from a political economy perspective. Home from a year living in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and working as a visiting research fellow at the UN Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, I am now back for a fourth (and I hope final) year. I am a scholar at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues and part of UBC’s International Development Research Network. I came to IRES with twenty years experience working with civil society organizations in international development, especially on multilateral trade and agriculture. I am a board member of ActionAid USA and a member of the High Level Panel that advises the UN Committee on World Food Security. I live in Squamish and don’t get to campus as often as I would like.

Recent Publications

“International trade, food security and nutrition,” in Pritchard, W, Rodomiro, O and Shekar, M (ed.s), The Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security. Routledge (2016).

“Food security and scarcity: why ending hunger is so hard.” Review of C. Peter Timmer’s “Food security and scarcity: why ending hunger is so hard” (2015) University of Pennsylvania Press. The Journal of Peasant Studies (April 2016).

“Food security and International Trade: risk, trust and rules,” Canadian Food Studies 2015 Vol 2 (2) 88-96.

“Expanding the possibilities for a future free of hunger”, a commentary in Dialogues in Human Geography. 
2014, Vol. 4(2) 225–228.

Burnett, K., & Murphy, S. (2014). What place for international trade in food sovereignty? The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1–20.

Co-author with Clapp, Jennifer (2013). The G20 and Food Security: a Mismatch in Global Governance? Global Policy Volume 4. Issue 2. May 2013.

Co-author with Clark SE, Hawkes C, Hansen-Kuhn KA, Wallinga D. (2012). Exporting obesity: U.S. farm and trade policy and the transformation of the Mexican consumer food environment. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health; 18: 53-65.