Sophia Huyer is Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) as well as Director of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT). She's also a Visiting Fellow on Gender and Climate Change at the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
She has presented and published on global gender equality issues relating to technology, innovation and sustainable development for over 20 years, including panel presentations at AAAS Annual Meetings, UNFCCC annual COP, IDRC and Global Affairs Canada, among others. She has also participated in major expert consultations, including: Chatham House roundtable on “Working together to close gender gaps” before the G7 Meeting in 2018; USAID-UKRI Inclusive Digital Development consultation; and UNIDO Expert Group Meeting on Digital Agribusiness.
Her publications include:
- Campbell, B., Dinesh, D. and Huyer, S. 2018. “Targeting Research towards Achieving Food Security in an Era of Climate Change" in Global Change and Future Earth, eds. Tom Beer, Keith Alverson and Jianping Li. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press;
- “Weathering the storm or storming the norms? Moving gender equality forward in climate-resilient agriculture” with S. Partey in a special issue of Climatic Change on Gender Equality and CSA 158(1), 1-12 (also Guest Editor);
- Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Gender, Technology and Development in 2016;
- “Gender and Food Security in a Changing Climate” (2019) in Taking stock: Data and evidence on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership published by the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society/International Telecommunications Union; and
- The chapter “Is the gender gap narrowing in science and engineering?” in the UNESCO Global Science Report 2015.
Sophia held a Fulbright Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000 and is a member of the One Planet Fellowship Scientific Advisory Panel for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). She received her Ph.D. from York University in Toronto.