Dr. Vivian Valencia is Research Chair in Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Action at Bishop’s University. Vivian leads a research and teaching program that combines her unique multidisciplinary background in ecology, agriculture, and public health to support a radical redesign of food systems. Her research agenda focuses on the challenges of analyzing and designing resilient food systems, which go beyond the dominant focus on yields and calories, and capitalize on ecological processes to produce a diversity of food products and ecosystem services in the context of global environmental change. Themes in Vivian’s agenda include global environmental change, gender equity, and public policies with a focus on small-scale farmers in the Global South.
Vivian is active in the policy, diplomacy, and social entrepreneurship spheres, where she collaborates with diverse actors to support a coherent and cohesive transformation towards a more sustainable and resilient society. She is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Global Diplomacy Lab; a BMW Responsible Leader; alumna of several programs of the Bosch Foundation; alumna of the Managing Global Governance Training Program of the German Development Institute (DIE); and alumna of German Federal Foreign Office “International Futures” Training for International Diplomats.
Vivian’s research and professional career have been supported by the National Geographic Society, PRIME Fellowship of the DAAD and Marie Curie Programme of the European Commission, Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, among others.
Vivian earned a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University, a master’s degree in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a BS in Biology and a BA in French from University of Florida.