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Stephanie Kowal-Cooper is a Project Manager for the Canadian Network for Defence and Security Analysis (CNDSA). Led through the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the CNDSA is a prototype for a larger network-building program supported by the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Defence Engagement Program. This network, comprised of scholars and technical experts, is driven to develop advanced foresight and strategic analysis in the domain of Canadian defence and security. The objective of this network is to develop tools and channels by which academic and defence institutions can communicate knowledge and ideas more effectively, while creating policies that respond to real-world challenges and developments.

Stephanie graduated with a Master of International Public Policy from Wilfrid Laurier University at the BSIA in 2017. During this time, she worked as a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she researched innovative policy ideas to be utilized by Global Affairs Canada. Her research focused on addressing governance gaps in international labour migration regimes, particularly concerning out-migration from Nepal through a feminist lens.

She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a Specialization in Human Rights and a Minor in Law, from Carleton University. Her Honours Thesis at Carleton University led Stephanie to concentrate her research on issues involving immigration policy and human security. She explored legal implications of connections between citizenship and human rights abuses, in the context of undocumented Hispanic migrants residing in the United States. Additionally, Stephanie has experience in policy advocacy through her work with indigenous human rights organizations, such as A Hidden Generation, where she has campaigned for child welfare reform and remedies for the survivors of the Sixties Scoop. Previous employment experience is connected to her interests in social justice and human rights, through work she has done within the Strategic Planning Department of Ontario Works in Brantford, Ontario.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • CIGI Graduate Fellowship, 2016
  • Laurier Graduate Scholarship, 2016
  • Carleton University Undergraduate Admissions Scholarship, 2011


  • Regulating Recruitment in the Interest of Women Migrant Workers’ Rights: Gender Mainstreaming Recruitment into Migration Governance. January 24, 2018 – Centre for International Governance Innovation.
  • Master of International Public Policy, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2017
  • Honours Bachelor of Public Affairs and Management, Carleton University, 2016

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2018-09-05T15:17:42-04:00August 30th, 2017|Staff|