Sabina Lautensach

Sabina Lautensach, Ph.D

Director, HSI Human Security Institute (Canada)

Editor-in-chief, Journal of Human Security

P.O. Box 34,
Terrace, BC V8G 4A2


Sabina W. Lautensach, Ph.D. has lectured at the Royal NZ Navy Officer School in International Relations and at the Mahatma Ghandi University in Kerala, India. She is also the editor-in-chief of the <em>Journal of Human Security</em> and serves on several editorial boards.  Dr. Lautensach currently lectures on a variety of topics within the field of international relations/Anthropology/Human Security. In addition to her consulting work as a political anthropologist, she is also a specialist in multicultural negotiations and has participated in numerous fora on environmental issues within an international context. She and Alex co-edited the first textbook of human security:
Lautensach, A.K. & S.W. Lautensach (eds.). 2020. Human Security in World Affairs: Problems and Opportunities, 2nd edition. Prince George, Canada: UNBC; Victoria, Canada: BCcampus.


profile_alexAlexander Lautensach, PhD
Deputy Director, Human Security Institute (Canada)
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC),
4837 Keith Ave, Terrace, BC  V8G 1K7

.Alexander is adjunct professor in the School of Education of the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. His research expertise includes environmental ethics and human ecology, determinants of human security in the areas of health and environmental support structures, science education and values, and teaching for sustainability. He is associate editor of the Journal of Human Security. He has thirty years of teaching experience at the secondary, tertiary, graduate and continuing education levels in life sciences, education and philosophy at eight universities in New Zealand and across Canada.  He has published over thirty research articles in molecular biology, ethics and education, as well as two books, including
Lautensach, A.K. 2020. Survival How? Education, Crisis, Diachronicity and the Transition to a Sustainable Future. Paderborn, Germany: Schoeningh-Brill.


profile_gunhildGunhild Hoogensen, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science
University of Tromsø
Tromsø, Norway

Gunhild holds a Ph. D. in Political Science specializing in International Relations and Comparitve Politics from the University of Alberta. Her main research interest is the application of the human security concept, informed by gender and indigenous perspectives, to the Arctic context.

Dr. Hoogensen leads the Human Security in the Arctic project along with her Norwegian and Canadian colleagues Dr. Dawn Bazely (York University), Dr. David Malcolm (Arctic Energy Alliance), Dr. David DeWitt (York University), and Dr. Geir Wing Gabrielsen (Norwegian Polar Institute). The project is currently investigating the impacts of oil and gas development on Arctic peoples (indigenous and non-indigenous) through the concept of human security. The project is multidisplinary, including politcal science, geography, biology, ecotoxicology and engineering. Her other current research investigates relations authored with Dr. Bruce Solheim on women world leaders (forthcoming, Praeger publishers).

Her book International Relations, Security and Jeremy Bentham (Routlege) was released July 2005, with other articles most recently appearing in Security Dialogue, Canadian Foreign Policy, and International Studies Review.


profile_kelKel Dummett

Sustainable Design Program, Project Manager

Kel has a BSc, Masters of Environment Education and completed his PhD in 2008. Kel has had more than 25 years experience in environmental management and sustainability area, working for government, academia and NGOs. Immediately prior to joining Sustainability Victoria, Kel worked as a researcher and lecturer for 5 years at the Centre for Design at RMIT University..

profile_tomDr. Thomas F. Ditzler, TAMC Director of Research

Department of Psychiatry
Tripler Army Medical Center and Liaison for Mental Health Programs
Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance.
Honolulu, Hawaii


profile_vandimDr. Vadim Astashin

Dr. Vadim Astashin, Associate Professor, joined Volgograd State University in Russia in 2003 and is currently Head of the Central Europe Studies Center in the Dept of Regional Studies and International Relations (Faculty of History and IR). He is the author of The History of International Relations (1492-1918) Part 1, a textbook for students specialising in International Relations, published in 2007 by Volgograd State University. Vadim’s research interests are: Political and Religions Extremism, Security Issues, International Relations Theory and History.



profile_yangDr. Jian Yang

Dr. Jian Yang received his BA and first MA from Chinese universities and did his second MA and PhD in International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU). His primary research and teaching areas are China’s foreign relations, foreign policy-making, international relations in Asia-Pacific, environmental politics, human security and Chinese politics. He teaches a Stage II course in international relations in Asia-Pacific, a Stage III course in International Relations theory and an MA course in Great Power Relations. He is the author of Congress and US China Policy: 1989-1999 (2000). Dr Yang is Chair of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, a member of the New Zealand National Council of CSCAP and an Associate Editor of Journal of Human Security .


profile_vinodanDr. C Vinodan
Chairman& Faculty
The Centre for Strategic and Security Studies (CSSS)
School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India-686560
Specialization: Security studies, Disarmament, Peace and Human Security; South Asian Studies.


Prof Don Spady

Don Spady is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.  With degrees in Medicine, Human Nutrition, and Public Health Sciences, he has followed a rather eclectic career of clinical pediatric practice, medical education, and clinical and epidemiological research.  His current interests lie in studying the consequences of our growing ecological disintegrity and resource depletion (particularly energy) on the health of individuals and society and on the maintenance of public health and the delivery of health care services.  He is also concerned with how  schools of medicine and public health will prepare to teach the physicians of today for a practice of public health or medicine in a profoundly constrained world. Currently, as seems the case with most institutions, denial prevails.