Research Team

Adam Sneyd is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Governing Cotton: Globalization and Poverty in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Cotton (Polity Press 2016), and Politics Rules: Power, Globalization, and Development (Fernwood Publishing, 2019). Adam has been interested in commodities, trade, and development in African contexts since the collapse of WTO Ministerial held at Cancun in 2003. He is currently the social sciences and policy Co-Editor for Scientific African.

Charis Enns is a Lecturer in International Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. She is also an Affiliated Researcher at the East African Institute at Aga Khan University. Before moving to Sheffield, Charis was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada. She completed her PhD at the University of Waterloo. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research were funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Steffi Hamman grew up in Germany and has previously worked as a consultant for the German development agency GIZ. She moved to Canada in 2012 to pursue her doctoral studies in Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph. For her research on food security issues and commodity politics in sub-Saharan Africa, she has collected fieldwork experience in Burkina Faso and Cameroon.

Brendan’s work focuses on enhancing rural communities’ participation in shaping natural resource policies and practice. Prior to joining the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Brendan worked for the University of Guelph as a research consultant on the study the politics of commodities in Central Africa. He has also consulted for international development institutions and NGOs in West and Central Africa.

Lauren Sneyd’s research focuses on food security, dietaryadequacy and development challenges in Africa, specifically in Cameroon. She isalso developing an research agenda that considers Arctic food systems, foodsecurity and the right to food. She is coordinating a University of GuelphField School on Food Security in Northern Canada in the Yukon.Lauren was aSSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Balsillie School. She was also a visitingAssistant Professor with the Development Studies Program and the CoadyInternational Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NovaScotia. She holds a SSHRC funded PhD from the University of Guelph in Geographyand International Development Studies, a Master’s in International DevelopmentStudies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Master’s in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University.

Chelsea Masse has recently completed her Master’s in Political Science and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph. Her research interests are broadly linked to food security politics in the African context, specifically in Ghana. Her master’s research led her to Accra, Ghana in 2017. Prior to this, she worked as a summer undergraduate intern at Agence d’experts Afrique Entrepreneurs in Lomé, Togo. She is planning to pursue doctoral studies in the forthcoming year, and will explore the power and role of transnational fast food corporations in Ghana’s urban food security politics.

Gloria Novovic is a Trillium fellow enrolled in the collaborative PhD program of Political Science and International Development of the University of Guelph. Her areas of specialization include public policy and governance and feminist political theory. Gloria’s professional experience encompasses positions in small NGOs as well as programming and emergency roles at the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Her doctoral research project is funded by the Summelee Graduate Scholarship and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada. Her research examines country-level gender mainstreaming under Agenda 2030 in Rwanda and Uganda, with a focus on synergies between UN agencies and national civil society organizations. She can be reached at

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