Emily Gilbert

University College B301
(416) 978 - 0751


Canadian Studies, University College

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Citizenship, borders and security Monies, militaries and militarism Nationalism, globalization, colonialism, geopolitics Social and political theory. 


My current research revolves around issues related to citizenship, borders, security, economy, nation-states and globalization. I am particularly interested in the ways that North American geopolitical relations are being reshaped, and how the idea of risk—both economic and social—has been used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship. This work also considers the securitization of the region, with a focus on changing border practices and policies. Another aspect of my research addresses the social, cultural and political dimensions of money, from the cultural values inscribed on national currencies, to the proposals for a North American Monetary Union, to general theories of money and exchange. While much of the above work interrogates the concept of the nation-state, I also continue to be fascinated by visual and literary representations, and have examined urban and wilderness narratives with a special emphasis on Canadian national identity and belonging.


Killian McCormack and Emily Gilbert (2021) "The geopolitics of militarism and humanitarianism" Progress in Human Geography Online first: https://doi.org/10.1177/03091325211032267

Emily Gilbert (2019) “Elasticity at the Canada-US Border: jurisdiction, rights and accountability” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Place 37(3): 424-441.

Emily Gilbert (2015) “The gift of war: cash, counterinsurgency and ‘collateral damage’” Security Dialogue 46(5): 403-421.

Emily Gilbert (2015) “Money as a ‘Weapons System’ and the entrepreneurial way of war” Critical Military Studies 1(3): 202-219.

Emily Gilbert (2012) “The militarization of climate change” ACME 11(1): 1-14.


PhD, University of Bristol

Administrative Service

Vice-Principal, University College, 2020-present