Dr. W. R. Nadège Compaoré is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where she is also affiliated with the Munk School of Global Affair’s Environmental Governance Lab. She received her PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University, where her research was informed by extensive, comparative fieldwork in the oil sectors of Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa, and was funded by SSHRC, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Her work lies at the intersection of International Relations, African Politics, Natural Resource Politics, Global Environmental Politics (including Environmental Security), as well as Gender & Race in Global Politics. She is co-editor of New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave, 2015), and her work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals such as International Studies ReviewEtudes InternationalesMillennium: Journal of International Studies, and Contemporary Politics. Dr. Compaoré is a Fellow at the Centre for International Defence and Policy, and a board member of the Canadian Association of African Studies, where she is an elected Member-at-Large.

Dr Compaoré participated in her very first WIIS event when she was completing her Master’s degree in May 2010. She was in search of a community that would provide a stimulating platform not only for rigorous academic exchange, but for mentorship and career development especially geared towards young female scholars International Security. Almost a decade later, she is grateful and proud of the community that she has built through WIIS throughout her doctoral and now my postdoctoral work, and is keen to give back to this fantastic network. She is particularly interested in initiatives that will further diversify the WIIS representation, and believes in the organization’s vision and capacity to advance the leadership skills of women of all backgrounds, who are working on diverse aspects of International Security.