b'Advising for a Better FutureThese two alumni are using their passion for public policy to make real change.p ISABEL DUCHESNE 10 Isabel Duchesne 10 studied political science and anthropology at UofT and then later completed her Master of Philosophy in development studies at Cambridge University. She now works in the UK civil service as the policy lead for multilateral trade and climate policy in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Isabels passion for policy work was nurtured during her time as an undergrad at UofT, where she worked closely with the late, great political scientist, Dr. Stephen Clarkson. He inspired in me a real interest in how the rules governing international trade and investment can impact governments ability to enact domestic environmental reforms, Isabel says. After her studies at UofT and Cambridge University, she spent three years working in the international development sector at a reproductive health charity. When she discovered there was a team in the UK civil service working to ensure trade deals that can safeguard the right to regulate for the climate, Isabel knew she had found the right role for her.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for delivering the UKs greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The UK has set ambitious targets of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions of 68% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 78% by 2035. Isabels role is at the intersection of trade and climate policy, working to ensure that the UKs multilateral trade policy (at the World Trade Organization and other key organisations) reflects and is compatible with the UKs climate ambition. Leading a small team, Isabel works very closely with her colleagues in other departments, particularly the Department for International Trade and the Treasury. We advise ministers on UK policy relating to trade in environmental goods and services, carbon leakage, and fossil fuel subsidies, among other issues, Isabel says. She and her team then advocate for those policies in international fora. Isabels role reminds her of her time as a student. I loved university and still look back fondly on spending my days reading interesting articles, listening to brilliant professors, and engaging with new ideas in discussions and essayswhat a privilege! she says. Her current job allows her to do a lot of the same things that she enjoyed in university while also having an impact on crucially important policy at this critical moment in climate change action. Working to develop the UKs trade policy after [the] EU exit is challenging, Isabel says. But I feel hugely privileged to work in a team that is trying to ensure that it is compatible with the radical action needed to save our planet. Its a complex and fascinating policy area, and I work with brilliant people who I learn so much from every day. Isabel felt that her time at Greenwood had a profound impact on her growth. I came to Greenwood as a pretty anxious person, Isabel remembers. Greenwoods supportive and inclusive atmosphere did a world of good for my mental health and allowed me the headspace to start to do well academically. Greenwood consistently challenged Isabel and her peers to step outside their comfort zones and try new things; that Isabel is a policy leadstuck with her, and she strives to actively apply that concept to her work. advising on environmentalLubs encouragement to focus on giving back and to measure success policies in the UK civilby how you demonstrate good character is baked into my outlookand service. She has beenprobably that of every other Greenwood student! Isabel says. I think exclusively workingthat much of my path through university was inspired by a desire to find remotely since startinganswers to some of the questions which Mr. Nichols, Mr. Moritsugu, and her role as policy lead. Ms. Walcott encouraged me to reflect upon.18 evergreen Nov. 2021'