Samara Brock MA 2006

Current Work:  PhD Candidate, Yale University                                                                                                                              

I graduated from SCARP in 2006, and was awarded the Peter Oberlander medal for top graduating student, the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Academic excellence, and the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s award for best master’s thesis, which focused on how policy affected the role of Canada’s host society in cities actively incorporating immigrant populations. In addition to my MA from SCARP, I also hold a master's in Environmental Management from Yale, a master’s in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, and a BA in History and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. I am currently based at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where I am pursuing a PhD focused on creating international governance to minimize the impacts of mining on food and fisheries systems.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I have had diverse professional experience. I have worked internationally with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on urban agricultural initiatives in Cuba and Argentina. Immediately after graduating from SCARP, I worked for a number of years as a food systems planner for the City of Vancouver, where I was a contributor to many innovative social and environmental policies. Most recently, I worked as a Program Officer for the Tides Canada Foundation, funding non-profits working on complex conservation, climate change, and food security initiatives. My published works have appeared in academic and popular journals on a range of topics including multiculturalism, innovations in urban planning, and the global governance of food systems. SCARP instilled in me the importance of working across disciplines to pursue solutions to complex problems as well as the fundamental importance of making equity and social justice central considerations in environmental protection and land use planning.