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Isabelle Côté (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) in Leiden, Netherlands. Prior to that, she held various guest researcher positions at Minzu University in Beijing, the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies in Copenhagen, the Indonesian Institute of Science in Jakarta, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Center at Uppsala, Sweden.

Her work examines the role of demographic factors in general, and internal population movements in particular, on intrastate conflict and contentious politics in Asia and beyond. As such, her work crosses multiple disciplines: political science, demography, area studies, geography and peace and conflict studies. She has published in numerous journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies; PS: Political Science and Politics; Democratization; Civil Wars; Ethnopolitics; Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. She has also co-edited a volume on ‘Sons of the Soil’ conflict (Routledge, 2019), and another on population resettlement in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond (ISER Books, 2020).

Isabelle is also a multiple award-winning lecturer and researcher. She has received the 2020 Excellence in Teaching national award from the Canadian Political Science Association, and the 2020 HSS Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence.

Nexus Research Assistants

Shannon Fraser (she/her) is an Interdisciplinary PhD student integrating Anthropology, Political Economy and Critical Mental Health in her study of long-term unemployment and underemployment. She previously earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Narrative and Culture), B.A. in English Language, B.Ed. in Secondary English and ESL, and M.A. in English Literature (Indigenous and Settler Literatures). Shannon is an educator with a 25-year history as a dedicated community volunteer; she is an everyday community advocate for reconciliation and decolonization, for equity, diversity and inclusion, for institutional accountability, and for grassroots mental health supports.


Sheridan Thompson (she/her) lives in Newfoundland with her two children and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Sheridan’s research is focused on coastal communities in Iceland and adaptation in response to a rapidly changing environment perpetuated by climate change. Locally, Sheridan is involved in community work concerning the human-environmental relations along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Aside from being an active member within the St. John’s community, Sheridan spends a great deal of time in the water and on the trails near the coasts.


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-- English Oxford Living Dictionary

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