Miriam Matejova Email: miriam.matej@gmail.com


Miriam Matejova is a PhD candidate in Political Science, a Vanier Scholar, a Killam Laureate and a Liu Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her research interests are global environmental politics, risk assessment, natural and industrial disasters, and protest mobilization. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia and an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.


Prior to coming to UBC, Miriam worked as an analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency and as an economist at Environment Canada where she specialized in federal environmental impact assessment and protection of species at risk. She has also worked for a number of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, providing research, analysis, policy products and advice in the areas of development, health, social and environmental issues. The most notable organizations include the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the United Nations Association in Canada, and the Northern Uganda Development Foundation.


Miriam has written and co-authored articles on international peacebuilding, Canada’s foreign intelligence, and environmental security. In addition, her creative writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Her Circle, the Inconsequential, and several travel magazines. She is one of the contributors to Caitlin Press’ This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone, and the editor of Wherever I Find Myself: Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women. In her free time, she volunteers as a translator and reviewer for the TED Open Translation Project.


Selected Awards:

Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. 2017

Graduate Student Award of Merit. Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada. 2017

Kakehashi Scholar Award. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2016

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. SSHRC. 2014 – 2017

Donald N. Byers Memorial Prize. UBC. 2014

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowship. UBC. 2014 – 2015

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral. SSHRC. 2014 (declined)

Graduate Scholar Award. Common Ground Publishing. 2014 and 2015

The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship. UBC. 2013 – 2017

Olav Slaymaker Fellowship in Environment. UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues. 2013 – 2014

Regulatory Excellence Award for Advancement in Instrument Design. Environment Canada. 2014

Alumnus of the Year in Professional Excellence. UNBC. 2012

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s. SSHRC. 2010 – 2011

Dean of Graduate Studies Academic Excellence Scholarship. Carleton University. 2009 – 2010

Co-op Student of the Year Award. UNBC. 2007

Millennium Excellence In-course Award. Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. 2006 – 2008


Selected Publications:



Matejova, M. and D. Munton. “Western Intelligence Cooperation on Vietnam during the Early Cold War Era.” Journal of Intelligence History 15, No.2 (2016): 139-55.

Matejova, M. “Is Global Environmental Activism Saving the Polar Bear?” Environment 57, No.5 (2015): 14-23.

Matejova, M. “Peaceful Partitions: Obvious Cases? Implications of Czechoslovakia’s Partition for Post-Conflict Peacebuilding.” Peace & Conflict Review 8, No. 1 (Winter 2013/2014): 59-76.

Matejova, M. “Russian ‘Chechenization’ and the Prospects for a Lasting Peace in Chechnya.” International Journal on World Peace 30, No. 2 (2013): 9-34.

Munton, D. and M. Matejova. “Spies without Borders? Western Intelligence Liaison, the Tehran Hostage Affair and Iran’s Islamic Revolution.” Intelligence and National Security 27, No. 5 (2012): 739-60.



Matejova, M., ed. Wherever I Find Myself: Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women. Caitlin Press, 2017.


Book chapters and reviews

Matejova, M. Review of Transnational Climate Change Governance, Harriet Bulkeley et al. Global Policy (June 2015). http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/26/06/2015/book-review-transnational-climate-change- governance.

Matejova, M. and C. Briggs. “‘Like Oil and Water.’ European Disaster Response and Energy Security in the Arctic.” In Crisis Management and Conflict Prevention in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, edited by Tetyana Malyarenko and Stefan Wolff, 145-66. Donetsk, Ukraine: SVD Publishing House, 2012.


Narrative writing

Matejova, M (posted by Kerry Clare). “We All Come From Somewhere: On Canadian Immigrant Women’s Stories.” 49th Shelf, April 13, 2017. https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2017/04/13/We-All-Come-From-Somewhere -On-Canadian-Immigrant-Women-s-Stories.

Matejova, M. “My Accents and Me.” All Lit Up, March 24, 2017. https://alllitup.ca/Blog/2017/My-Accents-and-Me.

Matejova, M. “I Come from a Word on a Map.” The Rain, Party & Disaster Society 3, No. 3 (2016): 9-11.

Matejova, M. “Concrete Jungle.” In This Place a Stranger, ed. Vici Johnstone, 89-94. Caitlin Press, 2015.

Matejova, H. and M. Matejova. “Of Mature Women and Terrorism,” The Inconsequential, Issue 27, April 5, 2015. http://www.theinconsequential.com/foi-henrieta-and-miriam-matejova-of-mature-women-and-terrorism-issue-27/.

Matejova, M. “Fly away, home!” The Globe and Mail, Facts and Arguments Section, April 2, 2015. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/my-slovak-easter-traditions-mixed-paganism-with-blatant-gender-inequality/article23742275/.

Matejova, M. Tears of a hand-me-down clown.” The Globe and Mail, Facts and Arguments Section, October 28, 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/tears-of-a-hand-me-down-clown/ article21351948/.


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