Jillian Sprenger

Jillian Sprenger

  • Alumni
  • Canada
  • 2021 MPhil Environmental Policy
  • Corpus Christi College

During my undergraduate degree in Global Health, I studied complex global issues such as food insecurity, forced migration, and antimicrobial resistance. Believing that understanding local contexts is a prerequisite to effectively addressing such issues, my research took me to Myanmar, Taiwan, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka to interview and learn directly from those who have experienced these challenges. Through this process, I became increasingly aware that at the heart of many societal problems lies climate change. Creative mechanisms are needed to address this fundamental challenge. I am particularly fascinated by how the law may be used in new ways for this purpose. Whether through the pursuit of litigation to hold organizations accountable for their actions, or through the implementation of legal mandates to enable transition to a net-zero economy, the law may play a vital role in addressing the climate crisis. Through Cambridge’s MPhil in Environmental Policy, I plan to study how the law on national and international scales may be wielded effectively to address climate change. I am honoured and humbled to join the Gates Cambridge community and to learn from peers equally dedicated to having a positive impact on the world.

Previous Education

University of Toronto Medical Biophysics 2021
University of Toronto Global Health 2019