I am a PhD student at Trent University in the department of Canadian Studies located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. My dissertation is going to look at how Canada leverages its alliances and relationships to maintain Arctic security historically. I focus on understanding the evolution of Canada’s relationship with NATO and NORAD and how that transects Canada’s understanding of Arctic security. My research interests more broadly focus on Arctic geopolitics, defence and security, and Canadian foreign policy.

I have my Bachelors in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and my Masters in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba. During my academic journey thus far, I have won several notable awards and fellowships such as the Shelagh Grant Endowment for Northern and Arctic Research (2020-24), the Duff Roblin Fellowship (2018-20), and the 2022 WiDs-CGAI (Women in Defence and Security and Canadian Global Affairs Institute) Fellowship.

Presently, I am a Graduate Fellow at NAADSN, the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network. Through my work at NAADSN I have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects related to broadband connectivity, NATO, the International Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean, the Arctic Council, and topics related to Arctic security more broadly.

If you would like to learn more about me or would like to contact me:

Email: nicolecovey@trentu.ca

Twitter: @nicolevcovey


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Selected Publications:

Covey, Nicole. (2021). “The Case for Renewal: The North Warning System and Canada.” Canadian Army Journal 19(2): 32–39.

Covey, Nicole. (2021). “Legitimization of the Arctic Coastal States (A5) through the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) Fisheries Agreement.” NAADSN.

Byers, Michael and Nicole Covey. (2019) “Arctic SAR and the ‘Security Dilemma’”. International Journal 74(4): 499–517.