Jessica holds a BA Honours Law degree from Carleton University in Canada (2018) and an MSc degree in Climate Change, Development and Policy from University of Sussex / Institute of Development Studies (2020). Her MSc dissertation was titled, ‘How to improve links between sustainable food production and sustainable land management: sheep in conservation grazing on the South Downs to restore endangered chalk grassland.’ This dissertation was undertaken as a work placement at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, a UK non-profit organisation. In post, she translated her research findings into informing grant proposals and influencing policy decisions at the local scale.
Following her MSc, Jessica gained real-life regenerative and organic farming experience by collaborating with farmers on CO2 reduction projects in the UK and Canada. She has also advocated on behalf of local organic farming communities against urban expansion into critically endangered soil in the province of Ontario in Canada. During this work, she drafted legal deputations which provided a re-assessment on land use planning proposals that better integrated provincial agricultural mapping systems and aligned with the region’s 2020 Climate Change Action Plan.This led to successfully influencing planning decisions by challenging a panel of Regional Councilers.
Additionally, Jessica has worked as a free-lance environmental editor at a ghostwriting service company in Toronto, Canada.