Dr. Wilfrid (Will) Greaves

Dr. Wilfrid (Will) Greaves
Assistant Professor
Political Science

PhD (2016) (Toronto)

Office: DTB A341

May - August 2020 office hours:

By e-mail.

Wilfrid Greaves is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His research principally examines the intersections between security theory and environmental politics with focuses on climate change, energy extraction, Indigenous peoples, and the circumpolar Arctic. He has also published studies on Canadian foreign policy, complex peace operations, counterinsurgency, and Arctic governance. Dr. Greaves is author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his first book, Indigenizing Arctic Security: Polar Politics and Environmental Change in Canada and Norway, is forthcoming from University of Toronto Press.

He 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.

  • 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 2020-21

Fall 2020:

  • POLI 346: Canadian Foreign Policy
  • POLI 440/533: Understanding Global Security (Seminar)

Spring 2021:

Courses taught
  • POLI 240: International Politics
  • POLI 346: Canadian Foreign Policy
  • POLI 440/533: "Understanding Global Security" (Seminar)


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.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

W. Greaves. "Damaging Environments: Land, Settler Colonialism, and Security for Indigenous Peoples." Environment and Society: Advances in Research 9 (Special Issue on Indigenous Resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice): 107-124.

W. Greaves. 2017 "'Soft' Securitization and the Arctic Council." Politik: Special Issue on Arctic International Relations in a Widened Security Perspective 20 (3): 31-46. (with D. Pomerants)

W. Greaves. 2017 "Constructing Arctic Security: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Understanding Security in the Barents Region." Polar Record 53 (1): 52-66. (with K. Hossain, G. Zojer, J.M. Roncero, and M. Sheehan)

W. Greaves. 2016. "Arctic In/Security and Indigenous Peoples: Comparing Inuit in Canada and Sámi in Norway." Security Dialogue 47, no. 6: 461-480.

W. Greaves. 2016. "Securing Sustainability: The Case for Critical Environmental Security in the Arctic." Polar Record 52, no. 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, no. 6: 630-644.

W. Greaves. 2014. "Naturally Insecure: Critical Environmental Security and Critical Security Studies in Canada." Critical Studies on Security 2, no. 1: 81-104.

W. Greaves. 2013. "Risky Ruptures: Integral Accidents and In/Security in Canada’s Bitumen Sands." Journal of Canadian Studies 47, no. 3: 169-199.

W. Greaves. 2012. "For Whom, From What? Canada’s Arctic Policy and the Narrowing of Human Security." International Journal 67, no. 1: 219-240.

W. Greaves. 2008. "The Failure to Protect: Human Security and Canadian Foreign Policy in Afghanistan." Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 10, no. 4: 1-34.

Book Chapters

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 Miguel Roncero Martín, and Anna Petrétei, 100-121. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

W. Greaves. 2017. "Environmental Security, Energy Security, and the Arctic in the Obama Presidency." In One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance, eds. P.W. Lackenbauer, Heather Nicol, and W. Greaves, 101-125. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism.

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

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

W. Greaves. 2012. "Insecurities of Non-Dominance: Re-Theorizing Human Security and Environmental Change in Developed States." In Matthew A. Schnurr and Larry A. Swatuk, eds, Natural Resources and Social Conflict: Towards Critical Environmental Security: 63-82. New York: Palgrave.