Scholarly Director

Dr. Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley is a professor at Dalhousie’s School of Public Administration in the Department of Public and International Affairs, where he specializes in public sector risk and crisis management, strategic management and critical infrastructure protection.

Professor Quigley founded the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Initiative at Dalhousie, an interdisciplinary research team that seeks to enhance collaboration between multiple stakeholders on questions concerning the management of Canada’s critical infrastructure.

Professor Quigley has worked on research and innovation projects with public sector organizations such as Public Safety Canada, Defense Research and Development Canada, Canada School of Public Service, Public Safety New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Public Service Commission, Global Affairs Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. He has contributed to many national and international research initiatives that have raised millions in support of risk research.

Professor Quigley served as a senior public servant in the Ontario Government’s Cabinet Office and has taught policy analysis to public servants working in a variety of roles across the country. He brings a blend of academic, research and public sector experience to his new role as Institute head, facilitating the vital connections between the research community and private and public sector policy-makers.

Professor Quigley earned his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting scholar at the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC and at Sciences Po in Toulouse, France. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Centre for Security Science, Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network. He has published an acclaimed book on critical infrastructure, numerous articles in academic journals and studies for a professional audience; his newest book, Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure was published by McGill-Queen's in November 2017 and shortlisted for the Donner Prize.