2020 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies: Amber Fletcher
Amber Fletcher, associate professor at the University of Regina, Canada, is a social scientist whose award-winning research examines how gender and social inequality shape the lived experience of climate change through the lens of climate disasters such as flooding, wildfire and drought.
Influenced by her upbringing on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, her work focuses on rural and indigenous communities in the Canadian Prairie region. She aims to help amplify the voices of those who are highly affected by climate extremes and to reveal the lived impact of inequality in the context of crisis.
Fletcher has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and a dozen book chapters. In 2017, she published a book on women in agriculture with Routledge. She has delivered 44 presentations in Canada and worldwide — including invited talks in Spain, England, Italy and the U.S. — and has contributed to expert testimonies for two Standing Committees of the Parliament of Canada.
In 2012 she spoke before the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on the topic of rural women’s wellbeing. Fletcher served as a delegate to the United Nations Amber Fletcher Greeley Scholar 2020 for Peace Studies Commission on the Status of Women (2012), as a gender consultant to the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme and on the UN WWAP’s Working Group on Sex-Disaggregated Indicators.
She is a contributing author to a 2019 special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is former President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. Fletcher holds two medals from the Governor General of Canada for her research and advocacy on gender equality in Canada.