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Muirhead Jacob, PhD (ABD)

Jacob Muirhead


Contract and Sessional Faculty, Graduate Students
Department of Political Science

Area(s) of Interest:


Research Interests:
Globalization and Global Governance
Global Political Economy
Food Governance and Sustainability

Transnational Agricultural Value Chains and Their Governance in a World Where Public and Private Distinctions Do Not Matter: Inequalities and Opportunities

2015-2018 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2014 Ontario Graduate Scholarship


  • 2012: Master of Arts in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo
  • 2010 Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours History / Political Science with a specialization in Globalization, Univesrity of Waterloo.


Publications and Conferences:

  • McBride, S. & Muirhead, J. (forthcoming, 2016). “A Challenge to Living Poorly: A Case for Living Wages in Low Wage Economies” Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Research. 
  • Muirhead, J. (August, 2015). “'Indirect' Land Grabbing, Private Certification and Global GAP.Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Montreal, Quebec.
  • McBride, S & Muirhead, J. (June, 2015). “A Challenge to Living Poorly: A Case for Living Wages in Low Wage Economies (revised).” Paper presented at The Canadian Association of Work and Labour Studies, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Muirhead, J. (April, 2015). “The Missing Partnership: Global Agricultural Governance and Public-Private Cooperation.” Paper presented at the Balsillie PhD Thesis Workshop, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • McBride, S. & Muirhead, J. (March, 2015). “A Challenge to Living Poorly: A Case for Living Wages in Low Wage Economies.” Paper presented at the Labour Pains, Capital Gains: The Paradox of Low-Wage, No-Wage Work, Alternate Routes, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Muirhead, J. (February, 2015). “Rejuvenation During a Time of Crisis? The International Labour Organization after the Global Financial Crisis.” Paper presented at the Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy Change Graduate Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Muirhead, J. (2014, August). “Indirect Land Grabbing, Private Certification and GlobalGAP.” Paper presented at the 2014 FORFOOD Workshop funded by the University of Waterloo and the Norwegian Research Council. Included participants from the University of Waterloo, Cornell University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Centre for Rural Research and the University of Otago. Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Muirhead, J. (2014, July). “The Democratic Deficit: The Rise of Private Agri-Food Standards in the Global South.” Paper presented at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan. Refereed.
  • English, K, Menzies, X. Muirhead, J.and Prenger, J. (2012, September). “MAP for the Future: Strengthening the G20 Mutual Assessment Process for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth" CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief Series No. 2. Refereed. Equal authorship. Brief available at