Dr. Will Greaves

Dr. Will Greaves
Assistant Professor
Political Science
Office: DTB A341

PhD (2016) (Toronto)

Area of expertise

Global Security, International Relations, Arctic Politics, Canadian Foreign Policy, Environmental Politics

Spring term 2023 office hours by appointment

Will Greaves is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Victoria. His research examines global security theory and politics with respect to climate change, resource extraction, and Indigenous peoples; Canadian foreign policy and Canada-US relations; and the politics of the circumpolar Arctic. Professor Greaves is the author of more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has co-edited two books: One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance and Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic. His monograph on Arctic security and climate change is forthcoming from University of Toronto Press. He is a Coordinator of the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (www.naadsn.ca), and has received research funding from the Department of National Defence, Global Affairs Canada, UVic, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Greaves holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2016), MA from the University of Calgary (2009), and BA from Bishop's University (2006). He was previously Lecturer at the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Sami Studies at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He teaches courses in international relations, Arctic politics, Canadian foreign policy, and global security.

  • Securitization and Security Theory
  • Human and Environmental Security
  • Climate Change
  • Natural Resource Extraction
  • Arctic Politics
  • Canadian Foreign Policy

Dr. Greaves teaches courses on International Relations.

Teaching 2022-23

Fall 2022:

Spring 2023:

  • No teaching
Courses taught
  • POLI 240: International Politics
  • POLI 326: Politics of the Global Arctic
  • POLI 346: Canadian Foreign Policy
  • POLI 433/533: "Causes of War and Peace" (Seminar)
  • POLI 440/533: "Understanding Global Security" (Seminar)


Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, eds. 2021. Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Whitney Lackenbauer, Heather Nicol, and Wilfrid Greaves, eds. 2017. One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism.

Selected Articles

W. Greaves. 2021"Climate Change and Security in Canada" International Journal Link to article.

W. Greaves. 2020. "Democracy, Donald Trump, and the Canada-U.S. Security Community." Canadian Journal of Political Science (FirstView). Available at Link to article.

W. Greaves. 2019. "Arctic Break Up: Climate Change, Geopolitics, and the Fragmenting Arctic Security Region." Redefining Arctic Security: Arctic Yearbook 2019. Lassi Heininen, Heather Exner-Pirot, and Justin Barnes, eds., 1-17. Akureyri: Northern Research Forum. Available at Link to article.

W. Greaves and P. W. Lackenbauer. 2019. "First Nations, LNG Canada, and the Politics of Anti-Pipeline Protests." LNG Series. June. Calgary: Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

W. Greaves. 2018. "Damaging Environments: Land, Settler Colonialism, and Security for Indigenous Peoples." Environment and Society 9, no. 1 (Special Issue on Indigenous Resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice): 107-124.

W. Greaves. 2016. "Arctic In/Security and Indigenous Peoples: Comparing Inuit in Canada and Sámi in Norway." Security Dialogue 47 (6): 461-480.

W. Greaves. 2016. "Securing Sustainability: The Case for Critical Environmental Security in the Arctic." Polar Record 52 (6): 660-671.

M. Bennett, W. Greaves, R. Riedlsperger, and A. Botella. 2016. "Articulating the Arctic: Contrasting State and Inuit Maps of the Canadian North." Polar Record 52 (6): 630-644.

W. Greaves. 2014. "Naturally Insecure: Critical Environmental Security and Critical Security Studies in Canada." Critical Studies on Security 2 (1): 81-104.

W. Greaves. 2013. "Risky Ruptures: Integral Accidents and In/Security in Canada’s Bitumen Sands." Journal of Canadian Studies 47 (3): 169-199.

W. Greaves. 2012. "For Whom, From What? Canada’s Arctic Policy and the Narrowing of Human Security." International Journal 67 (1): 219-240.

Selected Book Chapters

W. Greaves. 2021. "National Security and the High North: Post-Cold War Arctic Security Policy in Norway." In Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic, eds. Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

W. Greaves. 2020. "Indigenous Peoples." In Handbook on Arctic Security, eds. Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv and Horatio Sam-Aggrey, 363-376. London: Routledge.

A. Chater, W. Greaves, and L. Sarson. 2020. "Assessing Security Governance in the Arctic." In Handbook on Arctic Security, eds. Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv and Horatio Sam-Aggrey, 43-56. London: Routledge.

W. Greaves. 2020. "Cities and Human Security in a Warming Arctic." In Climate Change and Security: Searching for a Paradigm Shift, eds. Lassi Heininen and Heather Exner-Pirot, 61-89. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

W. Greaves. 2018. "Colonialism, Statehood, and Sámi in Norden and the Norwegian High North." In Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic: Local and Indigenous Communities, eds. Kamrul Hossain, José Roncero Martín, and Anna Petrétei, 100-121. Leiden: Brill.

W. Greaves. 2016. "Environment, Identity, Autonomy: Inuit Perspectives on Arctic Security." In Understanding the Many Faces of Human Security: Perspectives of Northern Indigenous Peoples, eds. Kamrul Hossain and Anna Petrétei, 35-55. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

A. Chater and W. Greaves. 2014. "Arctic." In Handbook on Governance and Security, ed. Jim Sperling, 123-147. Northampton: Edward Elgar.