September 7, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with Matias Margulis (First Seminar in Term 1)

The Climate Emergency and the Future of Global Food Trade Governance

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre (Basement, 2212 Main Mall). Please check in at the Admissions Desk first before going to the Theatre.

No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre. 

Click here to register for Zoom link. Zoom will be terminated if we encounter tech problems 5 to 10 mins into the seminar. This seminar will not be recorded.

Talk summary:

Food systems are a key driver of climate change and climate change poses significant threats to the stability of world food production. International food trade can enable markets to respond to food supply shocks; however, existing global food trade rules may constrain the policy space of states to enhance food system resilience to climate-induced shocks. While World Trade Organization (WTO) rules are designed to maximize economic efficiency and discourage overproduction, they may also limit states’ capacity to insure against global production shocks through public food stockholding.

Dr. Matias E. Margulis, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs & Faculty of Land and Food Systems


Matias E. Margulis is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research interests span international trade, development, and food security. His most recent book is Shadow Negotiators: How UN Organizations Shape the Rules of World Trade for Food Security (Stanford University Press, 2023).