Kristen Csenkey is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). Her research focuses on the management of emerging technologies, innovation, and cyber governance in Canada. Kristen has published widely on a variety of cyber-related topics reflecting her interests, including on cyber capacity building, innovation governance, technology procurement, continental defence, and cyber considerations for military operations.
Kristen holds a number of fellowships, grants, and research positions. She is a Junior Fellow with the Defence and Security Foresight (DSF) Group led by Dr. Bessma Momani (University of Waterloo) and a network member of the DSF Group’s European NATO Team and the Gender Liaison. She is also a Graduate Fellow with the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). Kristen was the 2020 Women in Defence and Security (WiDS)-CGAI fellow and is currently a Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada Emerging Thought Leader in Digital Security. Kristen is the Principal Investigator of a Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Targeted Engagement Grant (TEG) to examine emerging technologies with military applications.
In 2016, Kristen worked as part of the Political Affairs team at the Embassy to Hungary, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Budapest and has held other government positions since then. She holds a HBSc, MA, and a Master of Applied Politics (MAP) degree. Her MAP research examined nationalism and border security policies in Hungary.