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Kevin Quigley

Professor; Director, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Governance

Kevin Quigley

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School of Public Administration

Email: Kevin.Quigley@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3782
Fax: 902-494-7023
Mailing Address: 
MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance
Macdonald Building, 2nd Floor
6300 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2



  • PhD (Queen's University Belfast)
  • MSc (London School of Economics)
  • BA Honours (Queen's)

Research Interests

I specialize in public sector risk and crisis management, strategic management and critical infrastructure protection and am particularly interested in research methods that employ interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2016-2017  Evacuating the Halifax Peninsula: Multidisciplinary Training and Analysis to Improve Evacuation from Coastal Floods. Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Grant. Principal Investigator.
  • 2015-2022  Terrorism, Security and Society. SSHRC Partnership Grant. Co-investigator.
  • 2015-2018  Adapting to Vulnerabilities in the Transportation System's Critical Infrastructure: Drawing Lessons for Risk Governance from the Re-decking of the Macdonald Suspension Bridge in Halifax. Insight Grant. SSHRC. Principal Investigator.
  • 2015-2017  Strengthening the Resilience of the Canadian Water Sector.Centre for Security Science Program (Defence Research Development Canada). Lead Partner: Canadian Water & Wastewater Association. Partner; Co-investigator.

Selected Publications

  • Too critical to fail: How Canada manages threats to critical infrastructure. Quigley, K., Bisset, B. & Mills, B. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press  (2017)
  • 'Set adrift': Fatalism as organizational culture at Canadian seaports  Quigley, K. & B. Mills. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 13(1), 191-218  (2016)
  • Risk refined at the science-policy interface: The International Risk Governance Framework applied to different classes of coastal zone risks Quigley, K. & Porter K. In B. MacDonald, E. De Santo, S. Soomai, & P. Wells (eds.), Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management. Boca Raton: CRC Press  (2016)
  • Pre-existing condition: Taking media coverage into account when preparing for H1N1 Quigley, K., Macdonald, C., & Quigley, J. Canadian Public Administration, 45(2), 267-288  (2016)
  • 'Cyber gurus’: A rhetorical analysis of the language of cybersecurity specialists and the implications for security policy and critical infrastructure protection Quigley, K., Burns, C., & Stallard, K. Government Information Quarterly, 32(2), 108-117  (2015)

Current Teaching

  • MGMT 6745 - Risk Analysis and Management in the Public Sector
  • PUAD 5120 - Policy Formulation in Canada