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Clare Church

Research Officer

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. 

  • Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace
    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
    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.


  • Education

    Master of Arts in Journalism and International Relations (2017): New York University

    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History (2014): University of Waterloo