Kristen Csenkey (kris-ten chen-kay) is a PhD (ABD) in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Csenkey is an expert in cyber governance and her research interests lie at the intersection of global governance, emerging technologies, management, and cyber security policy. Her work connects Canadian foreign and defence policy, North American defence, security cooperation among allies, and critical approaches to technology, science, and innovation management. She publishes widely on these topics, with special attention to knowledge mobilization activities and policy applicability.
She holds fellowship positions with several academic networks, including as an Affiliate Fellow with the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) and as a Research Fellow with the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). RISCS is funded by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and hosted at the University of Bristol and NAADSN is funded by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and hosted at Trent University. She is also a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI).
Csenkey’s research contributions are recognized through numerous awards, accolades, and scholarships. She was the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the 2020 Women in Defence and Security Canada (WiDS)–CGAI Fellowship Award, and was acknowledged as an Emerging Thought Leader in Digital Security by Women in International Security Canada in 2020.
She is often invited to participate in government consultations and called to give expert advice to various government departments and parliamentary committees in Canada, including the Senate and the House of Commons Standing Committees. Csenkey frequently engages with the media on current issues on national TV and radio, including on CBC News and CTV, and CBC Radio. Her work is featured in iPolitics and her many opinion pieces can be found in The Hill Times.
Csenkey’s work often employs a multidisciplinary focus, as she draws on her many collaborations with other social and science disciplines to inform her work. Her academic work can be found in the Journal of Cybersecurity and the Canadian Naval Review.
Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of three DND-funded research projects through the MINDS program, focusing on the topics of: the strategic implications of quantum technologies and computing, cybersecurity considerations for connected technologies in the aviation ecosystem, and policy considerations for the deployment cyber-resilient electric vehicles. In total, she has been awarded four research grants from DND.
Csenkey was previously affiliated with the Defence and Security Foresight Group which was funded by DND and hosted at the University of Waterloo. She has served on numerous academic and professional advisory boards.
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