Jennifer Garard is a doctoral student with the working group Scientific Assessments, Ethics, and Public Policy (SEP). She is currently engaged in the Future of Global Environmental Assessment-Making (FOGEAM) Project, working on the research stream concerning the engagement of stakeholders in global environmental assessments (GEAs). Her research employs qualitative data analysis techniques in order to investigate why, how and how successfully stakeholders have been engaged with in GEAs. She also explores from a theoretical perspective the broader potential implications of stakeholder engagement in GEAs, for example in learning how to connect different knowledge systems or in contributing to deliberative democracy.
More recently, Jennifer is coordinating the Project on Stakeholder Engagement and Evaluation at MCC. Initiated in October, 2016, work within the project will consist of investigating different methods of structuring dialogue in the provision of scientific policy advice and means of evaluating these methods. A major goal of the project is to use these findings to highlight particularly interesting or successful aspects of stakeholder engagement in a variety of cases, and to adapt these to the MCC context.
Jennifer has been a doctoral student at MCC since May, 2013. She completed a diploma in health sciences in 2005 followed by a Bachelor’s degree at McGill University in environmental sciences in 2008, where she specialized in biodiversity and conservation. She continued with studies in environmental impact assessment at Concordia University, receiving her Master’s degree in 2013. Jennifer served as an intern with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012, working with the Health and Biodiversity Cross-Cutting Initiative.