Kristen Csenkey

PhD in Global Governance    

Kristen Csenkey

Kristen Csenkey

PhD in Global Governance

Kristen Csenkey is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). Her research focuses on the management of emerging technologies, innovation, and cyber governance in Canada. Kristen has published widely on a variety of cyber-related topics reflecting her interests, including on cyber capacity building, innovation governance, technology procurement, continental defence, and cyber considerations for military operations. Her PhD supervisors are Drs. Bessma Momani and Alistair Edgar.

Kristen holds a number of fellowships, grants, and research positions. She is a Junior Fellow with the Defence and Security Foresight (DSF) Group led by Dr. Bessma Momani (University of Waterloo) and a network member of the DSF Group’s European NATO Team and the Gender Liaison. She was the 2020 Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and a Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada Emerging Thought Leader in Digital Security. She is also a Graduate Fellow with the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). Kristen is the Principal Investigator of a Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Targeted Engagement Grant (TEG) focused on examining the future implications of emerging technologies with military applications.

In 2016, she worked as part of the Political Affairs team at the Embassy to Hungary, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Budapest and has held other government positions since then.

Kristen graduated from the University of Toronto, holds an MA in anthropology, and completed her Master of Applied Politics (MAP) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her MAP research examined nationalism and border security policies in Hungary.


  • Dean’s Scholarship, 2020-2021
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2020-2021
  • Department of National Defence MINDS TEG, 2019–2020
  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Margaret Campbell Docherty Award, 2017
  • Laurier Graduate Scholarship, 2017

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  • Master of Applied Politics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2018
  • Master of Arts, Trent University, 2014
  • Honours Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, 2011
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