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A network of leading scholars and practitioners

Meet our co-directors

Jennifer Welsh

"This new network will enable us to tap into the most innovative thinking within a Canadian context, but also to mobilize that crucial knowledge in ways that change the priorities and practices of the many actors who affect women's security. In addition, we will work actively to ensure that the network mentors a new generation of scholars who can take this crucial work forward."

Jennifer Welsh
Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security, McGill University Director, Centre for International Peace and Security Studies

Yolande Bouka

“I particularly hope that The Research Network will be a place where scholars, practitioners, and activists from historically excluded groups will benefit from the synergies created through repeated and generous exchanges while getting the recognition and visibility they deserve for the groundbreaking work they continue to produce in the field Women, Peace, and Security in Canada and internationally.”

Yolande Bouka
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies Queen’s University

Erin Baines


“The WPS-RN will learn from and prepare a new generation to better understand, respond and imagine alternative futures to urgent policy issues such as climate change, the pandemic, and deepening global inequalities and insecurities."

Erin Baines
Ivan Head South-North Chair and Associate Professor, The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia




Our Three Strategic Challenges

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    Canada’s Defence Relations: Conflict prevention and the implementation of WPS.

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    Anticipate Future Challenges: How is the future of conflict gendered and what are the impacts on Canada’s capability needs?

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    Climate Change: A growing, multidimensional and gender-differentiated threat to national resilience.

Learn more about our mission 

Our Partners

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The Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program is designed to facilitate collaboration and mobilize knowledge between the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, and academia and other experts on defence and security issues. Through its Targeted Engagement Grants, collaborative networks, scholarships, and expert briefings, MINDS works and collaborates with key partners to strengthen the foundation of evidence-based defence policy making. These partnerships drive innovation by encouraging new analyses of emerging global events, opportunities, and crises, while supporting a stronger defence and security dialogue with Canadians.

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