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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.
- Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Planning ProcessesThis study aims to offer guidance to governments and their partners on how to engage the private sector in the NAP process.
- Is Vanadium the “Valyrian Steel” of the Energy Transition? In Game of Thrones, a sword forged out of Valyrian steel is recognized for its unparalleled strength and light weight. It is this advantage that denotes it as one of Westeros’s most sought-after materials. In the real world, its equivalent just might be vanadium.
- Dead Batteries Deserve a Second LifeBatteries should be recycled, so the valuable minerals therein—including cobalt and lithium—can stay in the economy.
- Sustainability and Second Life: The case for cobalt and lithium recyclingAdopting recycling in the mining sector and in supply chains is essential to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is responsible and sustainable for the longer term.
- How Integrated Vulnerability Assessments Support NAP Processes in the Pacific RegionThis briefing note highlights the significance of the integrated vulnerability assessment (IVA) framework to the NAP processes underway in three Pacific island states: Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.
- What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?The challenge that electronics hibernation poses to the circular economy.
- Green Conflict Minerals: The fuels of conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economyThis reports seeks to understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy—and the minerals and metals required to make that shift—could affect fragility, conflict and violence dynamics in mineral-rich states.
- Electric Vehicles vs. Fuel-Efficient Used Cars: Which really drives sustainability? Debates surrounding the merits of electric vehicles versus fuel-efficient used cars have typically focused on carbon emissions and energy use only—but what of the conflict implications?
- 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 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.