About the Author

Siera Vercillo is a critical international development scholar, instructor, and practitioner with experience in research, policy analysis and project support in Africa, Europe and North America.

My research is on the right to food, gender justice and feminist theory, agriculture systems development, political ecology and responsible investment using multiple and mixed methods.


  • Doctoral Candidate, Geography, Western University (2014-2018)
    Supervisors: Dr. Isaac Luginaah, Dr. Tony Weis
    Affiliated with Environment Health, and Hazards lab, and the Africa Institute
  • Masters, Gender and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, (2013),  Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Devereux
  • Bachelors of Arts (hons), Political Science, African Studies, University of Toronto (2006-2010), Supervisor: Dr. Tom Tieku


I also consult for a Government of Canada funded food security project, where I am piloting, redesigning and scaling a capacity building program for agriculture extension staff and farming organizations in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Mali. Here, I am collaborating with Ministries and NGOs, including agribusinesses and community leaders to impact farming livelihoods across West Africa. I have worked in Ghana with Engineers Without Borders Canada on agriculture systems development. I have also conducted research for policy analysis with the Future Agricultures Consortium, the Responsible Investing Committee at the University of Toronto and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana.


Check out our work here


Select Major Scholarships and Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2016 – 2019, ($150,000)
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship, Western University, 2014-2018, ($90,000)
  • Western Doctoral Excellence Research Award, Western University, 2016-2019, ($30,000)
  • Doctoral Research Award, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 2016-2017, ($20,000)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2015, ($15,000)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, Africa Institute, Western University, 2016, ($5000)
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship, PSAC, Western University, 2016, ($500)
  • Graduate Research Award, Faculty of Social Science, Western University, 2016 ($750)
  • 20 under 35 Young Professionals Changing the World initiative, MEDA, 2015

Read more about her professional experience on her Linkedin profile.



8 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Greetings from Ethiopia where I am a development worker in agriculture, education and health. My name is Dr. Sandra L. Ross. I will return to Ghana in March 2013 where I am managing an integrated farm systems project for President Mahama via Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) through my NGOs, Education and Health Development Trust and its sister, Girl-Child International. My contact is sandralross@netzero.net or Skype ID, Africanqueenz or google voice # 816-787-1686. Are you still in Ghana or back home completing your master’s program or finished and working? Do give me your update. If you’re in Ghana maybe you would be interested in working with my project. If so email me your CV. Best regards and Happy 2013, Dr. Sandra.

    • Hi Latif,

      Good to hear from you and that you enjoyed my blog. I am always curious to hear what a Northern Ghanian thinks about my blog both critically and in writing. I hope Tamale is treating you well.

      Please, the link you sent is not working. Do you have another?


      Best, Siera

    • Dear Dr. Elliot Zwane, thank you for your compliments on my blog. Please continue to make comments on anything you see. Where are you based in South Africa as I have a few colleagues there.

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