Dr. Heather Nicol is a Professor in the Geography Department at Trent University. She received her B.A. from the University of Toronto, her M.E.S. from York University and her Ph.D. from Queen’s University. Her northern research interests lie in the critical geopolitics in the circumpolar North and the relationship between the interests of nation-states and peoples of the North. The geopolitical context of the North and the contemporary issues raised in the North which create puzzles for sovereignty and governance have fuelled Dr. Nicol’s interest in the North. Dr. Nicol is also involved in the Thematic Network on Geopolitical and Security through the University of the Arctic and the Northern Research Foundation and she is the Associate Editor for the Northern Series at Athabasca University.