Emma Fingler

Emma Fingler

Doctoral Candidate


M.A.(University of Waterloo), B.A. Hons. (Bishop's University)

Political Studies

Doctoral Candidate



Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B304

Supervisor: Stéphanie Martel


Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-fingler/

Brief Biography

Emma Fingler (she/her) is a SSHRC-funded doctoral candidate researching gender, disaster response operations, and regional governance in South and Southeast Asia. She holds a doctoral scholarship funded by the Research Network on Women, Peace and Security (RN-WPS) at McGill University and is a Graduate Research Fellow with the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) at Queen’s University. Emma is the 2023 Graduate Scholarship recipient of Women in Defence and Security (WiDS). She was previously a Canada-Asia Young Professional Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Emma has experience working abroad on humanitarian, development, and coordination issues. Prior to joining Queen’s, she was the Special Assistant to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kathmandu Nepal, and a Junior Professional Consultant with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Kathmandu. She holds an M.A. in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs and a B.A. Hons. in Political Studies from Bishop’s University.

Selected Awards:

Timothy C.S. Franks Research Travel Award, Queen’s University, 2023

Women in Defence and Security, Graduate Scholarship, 2023

SSHRC Department of National Defence MINDS Scholarship Initiative

SSHRC Doctoral Award, 2022-25

Research Network on Women, Peace and Security, Doctoral Award, 2022-24

Research Interests

  • Humanitarian and disaster governance;
  • Women, Peace and Security agenda, with a focus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and
  • Global Governance structures and norms.

Field Affiliations

International Relations

Comparative Politics


POLS 280, Introduction to Women, Gender and Politics (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 244, Comparative Politics: Democracy and Democratization (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 261, International Relations (Teaching Assistant)

Selected Publications

2023 Fingler, E. (Forthcoming) Report on ASEAN’s Regional Action Plan on WPS, for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

2023 White paper by the Research Network on Women, Peace and Security: “Where is the Peace in Canada’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda?” (April 2023) https://www.mcgill.ca/rnwps/research/where-peace-wps-addressing-demilitarization-key-priority

2023 Fingler, E. “‘Get More Specific On Canada’s Women, Peace, and Security Agenda’ in Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Analysis From Our Young Professionals Fellows.” Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. January 24, 2023. https://www.asiapacific.ca/publication/canadas-indo-pacific-strategy-analysis-young-professionals.

2022 Fingler E. ‘Opportunities for Peace: Analysing the Intersection of Security and Disasters in Southeast Asia.’ Report, Defence and Security Foresight (DSF) Group, University of Waterloo.

2021 Fingler, E. ‘Finding soldiers of peace: Three dilemmas for UN peacekeeping missions,’ International Affairs, Volume 97, Issue 5, September 2021, Pages 1631-1633, https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiab139

2018 Fingler, E. & Kowel, S. ‘Regulating Recruitment in the Interest of Women Migrant Workers’ Rights: Gender Mainstreaming Recruitment into Migration Governance.’ Cracks in the International Order: 2018 Global Trends Report. Balsillie School of International Affairs.