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Nicole Covey

Graduate Fellow

Nicole Covey is a Graduate Fellow at NAADSN, and her research interests focus on Arctic Geopolitics, Defense and Security Studies, and Canadian Foreign Policy. Nicole is currently working on projects for NAADSN related to NATO’s role in the Arctic, and the status of infrastructure deficits in the Canadian Arctic specifically those related to northern broadband connectivity and nautical mapping. 

Nicole is a current PhD student in Canadian Studies at Trent University, and is under the supervision of Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer. During her time at Trent thus far, she has already been awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship (2020-4), the Dean’s PhD Scholarship (2020-4), the Quaker Oats Scholarship (2020), the Mary Northway Award in Canadian Studies (2021-24), and the Shelagh Grant Endowment for Northern and Arctic Research (2020-24). Nicole received her MA in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba in 2020 and during her MA, she held the Duff Roblin Fellowship (2018-20) and the Muriel and Murray Smith Fellowship (2018). She obtained her BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2017. 

Nicole’s recent publications include her MA thesis which is entitled “Select International relations theories and their treatment of the International Agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean: Canada’s position.” She went on to publish a related piece “Pre-emptive Action and Why the International Agreement to Prevent Unregulated Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean was Created” in the graduate journal, Inquiry & Insight. Alongside Dr. Michael Byers, Nicole also co-authored a piece in the International Journal, “Arctic SAR and the ‘Security Dilemma’” and the corresponding National Post Op-ed “This is What Canada Needs in the Arctic.” 

Policy Brief: The Case for Traditional Security, by Nicole Covey, A Brief from Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic, March 2021