Faculty and Associates

Andrew Mack
Research Associate
Director of Human Security Research Group
Harbour Centre 7180
604.803.3548
amack@sfu.ca

Andrew Mack is the Director of the Human Security Research Group and a Research Associate at the School for International Studies. Prior to establishing the HSRG, he was a Visiting Professor at the Program on Humanitarian Policy at Harvard University (2001). He spent two and a half years as the Director of Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the United Nations in 1998-2001.

Paul Meyer
Adjunct Professor
Harbour Centre 7276
778.782.8520
pmeyer@sfu.ca

Paul Meyer is a former Canadian diplomat who retired from the Foreign Service in September 2010 after a 35 year career. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served abroad in Oslo (1976–1978), Moscow (1982–1984) and Brussels (1988–1992) where he was Political Counsellor in Canada's delegation to NATO. From 1992–1997, he served at the Embassy in Washington D.C. as Minister-Counsellor (Political) and from 2001-2003 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Tokyo. In Ottawa, Paul held a variety of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, primarily in the field of international security policy. He was Director-General of the International Security Bureau (1998–2001) and Director-General of the Security and Intelligence Bureau (2007–2010). From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. His responsibilities at this centre for multilateral action on global issues spanned a variety of fields including human rights, humanitarian affairs, global health, and arms control and disarmament.

In February 2011 he was appointed Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and concurrently Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.

Jennifer Allen Simons
Adjunct Professor

Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M., Ph.D., LL.D. received her B.A. from Antioch University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Simons is Founder and President of The Simons Foundation, an innovative private foundation based in Vancouver committed to advancing positive change through education in peace, disarmament, international law, and human security. Dr. Simons is Senior Visiting Fellow and Dialogue Associate, SFU Centre for Dialogue, and Associate and former Adjunct Professor, SFU Institute for the Humanities; her academic activities include membership in the Research Steering Committee of the Will to Intervene (W2I) Project , Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University; Visiting Professor, University of Queensland (2007); Academic Advisory Board Member and Visiting Research Fellow (philosophy ), Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Center for Theoretical Study, Institute of Advanced Studies (1994); Member of the Citizen’s Panel on Nuclear Weapons, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, The City University of NY; and former Adjunct Professor and Executive Director, Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia (2002-2006). She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, a Founding Partner of Global Zero, and has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of important non-governmental organizations.

Robert Springborg
Adjunct Professor
rdspring@sfu.ca


Professor Robert Springborg is Adjunct Professor, School of International Studies, Simon Fraser University; and Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs in Rome. In 2016 he was Visiting Scholar at the Belfer Center, Harvard University, and in 2014 was a Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris. Until October 2013, he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. From 2002 until 2008 he held the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, where he also served as Director of the London Middle East Institute. Before taking up that Chair he was Director of the American Research Center in Egypt. From 1973 until 1999 he taught in Australia, where he was University Professor at Macquarie University. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, College of Europe (Warsaw), Canterbury University and Sydney University.

Oskar Timo Thoms
Simons Research Fellow, 2018/2019
Harbour Centre 7130
778.782.4693
oskar_thoms@sfu.ca

Oskar N.T. Thoms completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University (2017), where he studied international relations, comparative politics, and quantitative methods, and earned an M.A. in Sociology (2005) and a B.A. in International Development Studies (2003) at McGill University. Previously, he was a Research Associate/Fellow at McGill University and the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies, and worked as a consultant on policy research projects supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada). He co-authored scholarly articles in Journal of Peace Research, Human Rights Quarterly, Conflict & Health, and International Journal of Transitional Justice. His ongoing research focuses on human rights and transitional justice.