Population & Security is an online magazine directed by Professor Isabelle Côté that answers the most pressing political and security issues related to population dynamics and policies around the world.
Analysis comes from up-and-coming junior scholars from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond who are doing interesting, rigorous as well as policy-relevant research.
Population & Security is supported by SSHRC.
Isabelle Côté is an Associate Professor in Political Science and the Director of the Nexus Interdisciplinary Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUNL), St John’s, Canada. Her work examines the role of population dynamics –especially internal migration- on contentious politics and ‘Sons of the Soil’ conflict in Asia and beyond. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and has held various guest researcher positions in China, Indonesia, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. She has published dozens of articles on migration and conflict in scholarly journals and edited volumes, and has co-edited two books, People Changing Places: New Perspectives on Demography, Migration, Conflict and the State (Routledge 2019, with Matthew I. Mitchell and Monica Duffy Toft),and Resettlement: Uprooting and Rebuilding Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and Beyond (ISER Books, 2020, with Yolande Pottie-Sherman).She was the recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably the 2020 Canadian Political Science Association Teaching Award.
Sarah Worthman (she/her) is a MA Candidate (thesis) in Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is also the founder and executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Queer Research Initiative, a grassroots organization that was established to commemorate the 2SLGBTQ+ histories of NL. Her research interests include: human security, political violence, and queer theory. Sarah earned her International Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. During her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity work for an international feminist NGO at their headquarters in India. While working in India, Sarah developed and led numerous workshops on the topic of women’s rights for participants from all over the world. After graduation, she worked as freelance researcher and has most recently been funded by the LGBT Purge Fund to research the history of 2SLGBTQ+ persecution in Canada.
Assistant Managing Editors
Reyna Ericka Padua (she/her) is a MA Candidate (thesis) in Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, Graduate Assistant at Nexus Research Centre, and the current Vice President for Public Relations of Political Science Graduate Students’ Society at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador . Ericka earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, cum laude, from Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines. After graduation, she worked as a news correspondent, multimedia director, and radio host before moving to South Korea in November 2015 to work for Overseas Business Division for an automotive company. Ericka was provided the opportunity to travel to different countries to meet and transact with the company’s customers and suppliers which after some time found that she was rediscovering an interest in foreign policy, migration, and international relations.
Mark Davis Madarang Pablo is a MA Candidate (thesis) in Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador – Canada. Some of his research interests and expertise include preventing and countering violent extremism and insurgency, homeland security, and settler colonialism. Prior to his stint at Memorial, he worked as a National Security Analyst in the Philippines for seven years—delivering strategic research for the national government, domestic and international think tanks, and directing high-impact policy advocacy campaigns on national security areas of interest. He held various posts in the public and private sectors, including in the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University – Philippines; and Master of Science in Strategic Studies, with Certificate in Terrorism Studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University – Singapore.
Meret Ebsary (she/her) is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing an International Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (hons) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research interests include international relations, conflict and security, human rights, political theory, and gender and politics. Meret has recently completed her honours thesis for which she was awarded the 2022-2023 Susan McCorquodale Memorial Scholarship. Her thesis, titled “Opposing History: The Story of Women’s Political Autonomy in Newfoundland”, focused on an original theoretical analysis of the history of women’s suffrage in Newfoundland. She has since had the opportunity to present her work numerous times and has been a guest lecturer for introductory political theory classes. Meret is also an undergraduate student tutor in the writing centre and spends her summers working as an environmental educator at Memorial University’s Botanical Garden.
Haley Tucker (she/her) is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (hons) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Haley is a philanthropic research assistant at Memorial University’s Office of Development, and spent this past summer working with the Library of Parliament as a guide, educating visitors on Canada’s parliamentary processes and history. Her research interests include migration and security, environmental politics, and ethnic conflict.
Mark Walbourne is currently an undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, pursuing a joint bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. His primary areas of interest are international politics, as well as contentious politics and security.