The Balsillie School of International Affairs congratulates Jessica West, a doctoral student in the Global Governance Ph.D. program, on being awarded one of eight Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. The competition is a joint initiative of The Simons Foundation and the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).
Participants were asked submit position papers on issues relating to Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and were judged on the persuasiveness and originality of their arguments. Papers were evaluated by experts and representatives from DFAIT. Recipients receive $5000, and will present their arguments at an awards ceremony in Ottawa on 17 February 2011. Jessica West entered the Ph.D. program in 2009.
Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she managed an international research project on space security and served as the editor of its annual publication as part of her role at Project Ploughshares, a peace and disarmament research and advocacy organization. She has also worked as a consultant on security and development at the Canadian International Development Agency and for the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her area of research is international security, particularly from the perspective of feminist and other critical theories that privilege the voices of traditionally marginalized peoples.
Jessica holds a Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC).