Kevin Quigley

Professor; Director, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Governance

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 risk governance and critical infrastructure protection, focusing in particular on public sector responses to rare and high impact events, such as pandemics, natural disasters, industrial failures and cyber and terrorist attacks. I am particularly interested in research methods that employ interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2020 – 2023  Interdisciplinary Study of Evacuating People with Disabilities from an Urban Centre.  Accessibility Standards Canada. Principal Investigator.
  • 2020 – 2023  Working across Disciplines to Understand and Improve Mass Evacuations: Examining Different Types of Risk and Contextual Pressures.  Partnership Development Grant.  Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Principal Investigator.
  • 2020  Scenario Planning for the Recovery of the Tourism Industry in Halifax.  Change Lab Action Research Initiative.  Principal Investigator. 
  • Shortlisted for the 2017 Donner Prize for the Best Public Policy Book by a Canadian, Too Critical to Fail: How Canada manages threats to critical infrastructure

Selected Publications

  • COVID-19: Governing Strategies for Managing Uncertain Risks. (2020) Quigley, K.    Canadian Public Administration publique du Canada. 63(3).
  • Rationalizing the Use of Twitter by Official Organizations during Risk Events: Operationalizing the Social Amplification of Risk Framework through Causal Loop Diagrams. (2019) Comrie, E. Burns, C., Coulson, A., Quigley, J. and Quigley, K. European Journal of Operational Research. 272(2), 792-801.
  • Examining government cross-platform engagement in social media: Instagram vs Twitter and the big lift project. (2018) Gruzd, A., Lannigan, J., Quigley, K. Government Information Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.giq.2018.09.005.
  • Too critical to fail: How Canada manages threats to critical infrastructure. Quigley, K., Bisset, B. & Mills, B. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press  (2017)  shortlisted for the 2017 Donner Prize for the Best Book by a Canadian in Public Policy
  • '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)

Selected Professional Publications

Current Teaching

  • PUAD 6830 - Risk Governance and Black Swans