Hailey Clarke is an Alcuin College alumnus, BA Honours Political Science graduate from the University of British Columbia, and is an MPhil in Development Studies student at the University of Oxford. Outside of academia, Hailey currently works in private equity as a Research Associate at Wilderness Capital, a nature-based asset firm. 

Since graduating from Alcuin College, Hailey has pursued a number of endeavors both within and beyond academia. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Hailey studied political science, with a special interest in Latin American politics, public policy, and political theory. She is a three-time Dean’s List recipient, a recipient of the TREK scholarship, and was awarded the Goel Family Prize in Political Science for her outstanding academic and research record. Last year, Hailey also published her first peer-reviewed academic piece in the Journal of East Asian Studies, an academic journal produced by Cambridge University Press. The article is also included in the UN World Health Organization’s database on expert literature on Coronavirus disease.


During her studies, Hailey was the Co-Founder of the Canadian Undergraduate Policy Competition (CUPC), Canada’s first nationwide policy competition for undergraduate students. As Co-Founder, Hailey recruited hundreds of students across Canada to construct policy solutions to Canada’s most pressing issues, engaged with influential stakeholders in both the public and private sectors, and wrote white papers on the federal government’s policy responses to climate change and post-pandemic recovery. Additionally, she was selected to be a Junior Research Fellow at the NATO Association of Canada and a Decision Desk Analyst for the Global News Network during the 2021 Canadian Federal Election. Outside of UBC, Hailey was also a volunteer for Women Transforming Cities and worked as a Project and Research Support Officer for the Parliamentary Centre’s Africa and Middle East programs.

Today, Hailey is a Master’s student at the University of Oxford, where she is currently synthesizing her interests of climate justice, policy, social equity, and politics. Her dissertation plans to examine grassroots democracy and Indigenous rights movements to counter land dispossession in Guyana, where her father is from. She is immensely thankful for the foundational curriculum, guidance, and excellent teaching she received at Alcuin College, as she would not be where she is today without it!


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