Miriam Matejova

Killam Predoctoral Scholarship Recipient

University of British Columbia

I am a PhD student of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, working under the supervision of Dr. Peter Dauvergne. My research centers on global environmental politics associated with climate change impacts, particularly energy and environmental security in the Arctic. Growing energy pressures and decreasing world oil supplies have caused the interest of many to shift toward untapped Arctic resources. However, hydrocarbon production in the Arctic involves large environmental trade-offs. In addition uncertainties about the effects of drilling accidents arise when increased resource extraction is coupled with accelerated Arctic melt and growing frequency of extreme environmental events.

The complex nature of post-Cold War Arctic challenges offers an opportunity to observe early stages of international policy development as well as driving forces behind states’ decisions to cooperate on transnational issues. Through my research I wish to enhance our understanding of the relationships between state interests, environmental changes and new regional security threats. In practical terms, I wish to assist in development of regional crisis management policies that may be used in other regions such as Asia-Pacific, which is one of the most disaster-prone areas of the world.

Being a Killam Laureate
For me, one of the most valuable benefits of being a Killam Scholar is an opportunity to belong to a network of dedicated researchers. I much appreciate the opportunity to connect and share ideas with other Killam Scholars. I also appreciate the funding that a Killam Scholarship provides, since it allows me to not only work on my research but also to share it at relevant workshops and conferences.

Why UBC?
I am a naturalized Canadian, originally from Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada has been my home for the past ten years. I chose UBC because of the prominent scholars in international relations and global environmental politics that reside here – whether in the Department of Political Science or at a number of notable research centers such as the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Institute of Asian Research. I also value UBC’s friendly, collegial atmosphere. There is a palpable sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

Other Accomplishments
Aside from my studies and research, I have been actively involved in student societies and various local, national and international organizations. Currently, I organize public lectures, workshops and gallery exhibits, and actively participate in various student information sessions. I am also a translator and reviewer for the TED Open Translation Project, writer, choral singer, avid traveler, amateur chess player, kick-boxer, rock-climber and polyglot able to communicate in seven languages.


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