Bio (Kenneth Christie)
Professor and Program Head
Humanitarian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Kenneth Christie is the Program Head and a Professor in the Human Security and Peacebuilding graduate programs. Professor Christie is a political scientist, author, editor and international academic who has taught and conducted research at universities in the USA, the UK, Singapore, South Africa, Norway and Dubai. Working all over the world has given him a unique perspective on peace, development and human security. His work has focused on issues of human rights, security and conflict and he is widely published as an author and editor with eleven books to his credit. His most recent book, co-edited with Marion Boulby, Migration, Refugees and Human Security in the Mediterranean and MENA was published by Palgrave MacMillan (2018). Today, he is working on issues of human security and its links to refugees/migration, ethnic and state formation/failure in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Christie is also working on issues of de-radicalization, terrorism and human rights as well as populism (historical and contemporary) and corporate social responsibility. The work he produces is truly interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature.
Christie joined Royal Roads in 2009, after seven years working at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates where he was director of global studies and supervised the social science internship program. He is a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and universities in Sweden (Uppsala) and Denmark (Copenhagen) as well as the Philippines, Turkey and Cyprus. He has also conducted evaluations of human rights NGOs for the Norwegian government in Southeast Asia, and evaluated peace and conflict programs at different Canadian Universities. Christie also served as president of the Royal Roads University Faculty Association between 2011 and 2020.
Christie holds a PhD in comparative politics and international relations from Florida State University, a master’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech and a BA with joint honours in politics and history from Strathclyde University in Scotland.