| Sara Elder is a PhD Student and SSHRC Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment
& Sustainability. She is interested in issues at the intersection of
global economics, community development and the environment. Her
current research examines the rise in private governance of agrifood supply chains in developing countries and
the consequences for smallholder farmer food and nutrition security and
environmental sustainability. This work is supported by a UBC Four-Year Fellowship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Sara holds an MA in Resource Management & Environmental Studies (2010), where she studied the effects of Fair Trade certification on the livelihoods of Rwandan coffee producers, and
a BA in International Relations (2004) from the University of British
Columbia. Her professional experience includes international development
work with communities in Canada, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa,
Supervision: Peter Dauvergne, Liu Institute for
Global Issues (Supervisor); Natasha Affolder, Faculty of Law; Jane
Lister, Liu Institute for Global Issues; Sean Smukler, Land and Food
Elder, S.D., J. Lister, and P. Dauvergne. (2012). Big retail and sustainable coffee: A new development studies research agenda, Progress in Development Studies, in press.
Elder, S.D., H. Zerriffi, and P. Le Billon. (2012). Effects of Fair Trade certification on social capital: The case of Rwandan coffee producers, World Development 40, 11, 2355-2367.