Dr. Heather Nicol
Dr. Heather Nicol (Professor, Department of Geography, and Director, School for the Study of Canada, Trent University) is a political geographer with expertise in border studies, critical Arctic geopolitics/geo-economics, indigenous sovereignty, and regionalism. She was 2015-16 Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at the Center for Canadian Studies, Henry M Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, and is a lead for the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Network on Circumpolar Studies; a member of UArctic’s Leadership Team; Director of UArctic’s North American Circumpolar Studies Group; an Advisory Board Member (Canada) for the Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI); the Arctic editor for the Journal of Borderlands Studies; Fellow of the Calotte Academy; and Arctic regional lead for the SSHRC-funded Borders in Globalization Partnership project. Her research efforts seek to entrench collaborative and culturally complex security paradigms in policy-making and training for security professionals. Her work as a geographer attempts to deconstruct narrow definitions of security and sovereignty and conflict models of international relations, recasting these understandings to better deliver Northern security under conditions of partnership with Indigenous peoples and non-governmental actors.