Emily Gilbert, PhD
Canadian Studies Program Graduate Program in Geography
University College, room B301 University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
Phone (416) 978 0751
Fax (416) 971 2027

Welcome! I am an Associate Professor cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies Program at University College, and the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. My current research deals with questions relating to citizenship, mobility, borders, security, and militaries. I am engaged in two primary research projects. The first is an examination of battlefield compensation that is being made in cases of inadvertent death, injury and property damage. These practices are interesting in and of themselves, but I also have a broader concern for how war restructures the ways that lives are valued (or not), from claims made in response to acts of terrorism, to compensation for military veterans. A second line of inquiry is on the changing politics of the Canada-US border. I examine the ways that border risks--economic and social--are being used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship practice. The impact on migration and mobility is of particular concern. I also continue to think about the materiality of money, and about the politics of currency arrangements (eg transnational monetary union), but have had less time to work on this recently. Visual and literary representations--local, national and transnational--are another area of fascination and inspiration, and I continue to be fascinated with the design of money, and the rise of currency 'hacking' (from Occupy George, to the work of Greek artist Stefanos).


On sabbatical July 2015-June 2016


UNI268H: Canada and Globalization

UNI368H: Canada's Borders

JUG320H: The Canadian Wilderness

GGR1714H: Cultural and Critical Geographies




North America in Question Book Cover

War, Citizenship, Territory

***Versions of some of these papers are available on my academia.edu webpage.***

Emily Gilbert (2015) “The Gift of War: Cash, Counterinsurgency and ‘Collateral Damage’” Security Dialogue 46(5): 403-421.

Emily Gilbert (2015) “Money as a ‘Weapons System’ and the Business of War” Critical Military Studies 1(3): 202-219.

Kat Snukal and Emily Gilbert (2015) “War, Law, Jurisdiction, and Juridical Othering: Private Military Contractors and the Nisour Square Massacre” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(4): 660-675.

Emily Gilbert (forthcoming) “From Declassified Documents to Redacted Ffiles: Tracing Military Compensation” in Alison Williams, Rachel Woodward, Neil Jenkins, and Matthew Rech, ed. The Ashgate Companion to Military Research Methods (Ashgate).

Emily Gilbert (2015) “Currency” in Mark Salter, ed. Making Things International, volume 1; University of Minnesota Press: 298-310.

Emily Gilbert (2015) “Militant Empiricism” Commentary on Joel Wainwright’s Geopiracy: Oaxaca, Militant Empiricism, and Geographical Thought in Human Geography 7(3): 78-82.

Emily Gilbert (2015) “Two Geographer-poets” Contour Lines 15: 14-15.

Emily Gilbert (2014) “Climate Change and the Military” Canadian Dimension 48(6): 30-33.

Emily Gilbert and Corey Ponder (2014) “Between Tragedy and Farce: 9/11 Compensation and the Value of Life and Death” Antipode 46(2): 404-425.

Emily Gilbert (2013) Book forum on Marieke de Goede’s Speculative Security in Political Geography 32: 52-60.

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Militarism and Iris Scanning” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space online http://societyandspace.com/2012/09/05/militarism-and-iris-scanning/

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Currency in Crisis” Scapegoat Winter-Spring: 20-32.

Emily Gilbert (2012) “The Militarization of Climate Change” ACME 11(1): available online at: http://rhulgeopolitics.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/acme-new-edition-2/

Emily Gilbert (2012) “Borders and Security: The Thickening of North American Relations” in Jeffrey Ayers and Laura Macdonald, ed. North America in Question; Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Emily Gilbert (2011) “Follow the thing: credit” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29: 1086-1088.

Emily Gilbert (2011) “Globalization” in John Agnew and Jim Duncan, ed. Companion to Human Geography; Blackwell. Solicited.

Emily Gilbert (2011) "Eye to Eye: Biometrics and the Body Politic" in Fraser MacDonald, Klaus Dodds and Rachel Hughes, ed. Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture; IB Tauris.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “Race, Money and Risk: Future Directions in Critical Geopolitics” in GeoJournal 75(4): 319-320.

Emily Gilbert (2010) "Geographic Insights into Political Identity" in Colin Flint, ed., Political Geography volume of the International Studies Association Compendium.

Emily Gilbert (2009) "Liberalism" in Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, ed. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography; Ashgate.

Emily Gilbert (2009) “Race, money and risk: future directions in critical geopolitics” GeoJournal, special issue edited by Laura Jones and Daniel Sage on “New Directions in Critical Geopolitics.” Online edition available.

Emily Gilbert (2008) The Implications of a Perimeter Approach to Security for Canadian Border and Immigration Practices; Report for the Metropolis Project.

Emily Gilbert (2008) "Banal Neoimperialism and the Territorial Reconfiguration of Money" Political Geography.

Emily Gilbert (2008) "Beyond Survival? Wilderness and Canadian National Identity into the Twentieth Century" British Journal of Canadian Studies.

Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert, ed. (2008) War, Citizenship, Territory. New York: Routledge. table of contents

Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert (2008) "Introduction: The Politics of War, Citizenship, Territory" in Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert, ed. War, Citizenship, Territory. New York: Routledge.

Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert (2008) "Citizenship in the 'Homeland': Families at War?" in Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert, ed. War, Citizenship, Territory. New York: Routledge.

Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert (2008) "Fear and the Familial in the U.S. War on Terror" in Rachel Pain, Susan J. Smith, Stephen Graham, ed. Fear: Critical Geopolitics and Everyday Life; Aldershot: Ashgate.

Emily Gilbert (2007) "Leaky Borders and Solid Citizens: Governing Security, Prosperity and Quality of Life in a North American Partnership" Antipode 39(1): 77-98 .

Emily Gilbert (2007) "Money, Citizenship, Territoriality and the Proposals for North American Monetary Union" Political Geography 26(2): 141-158.

Emily Gilbert (2006) "Money" (2,500 words) in Austin Harrington, Barbara Marshall, Hans-Peter Muller, ed. Routledge Encyclopedia of Social Theory; London: Routledge. (Solicited)

Emily Gilbert (2006) "Comment" on Brenda Chalfin's "Global customs regimes and the traffic in sovereignty: enlarging the anthropology of the state" Current Anthropology 47(2): 266. (Solicited)

Emily Gilbert (2005) "What is at Stake in the NAMU Debates? A Review of the Arguments for and Against North American Monetary Union" International Journal of Canadian Studies: 161-184.

Emily Gilbert (2005) "The Inevitability of Integration? Neoliberal Discourse and the Proposals for a New North American Economic Space after September 11," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95(1): 202-222. PdF copy

Emily Gilbert (2005) "Common Cents: Situating Money in Time and Space," Economy and Society 34(3): 356-387.

Emily Gilbert (2004) entries on "Currency" (900 words), "Royal Canadian Mint" (250 words), "Metric Conversion" (250 words), "Canada Savings Bonds" (175 words) in Gerald Hallowell, ed. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History. Toronto: Oxford University Press. (Solicited.)

Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner, ed. (1999) Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies; London and New York: Routledge.

Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner (1999) "Introduction: Nation-States and Money: Historical Contexts, Interdisciplinary Perspectives" in Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner, ed. Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies; London and New York: Routledge: 1-21.

Emily Gilbert (1999) "Forging a National Currency: Money, State-Making and Nation-Building in Canada" in Emily Gilbert and Eric Helleiner, ed. Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies; London and New York: Routledge: 25-46.



Interview with Anita Li, Mashable, on shootings at Houses of Parliament, Ottawa  http://mashable.com/2014/10/23/canada-isis-ottawa-shooting/

Interview with Crina Boros, Thomson Reuters, on military compensation: "ANALYSIS: A few thousand dollars - the price of life for civilians killed in war zones” http://www.trust.org/item/20140716123155-r35zd/

Interview with Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, on Canada-US entry-exit data sharing: http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=n7557238

Interview on CBC Metro Morning, December, 2013 on Canada-US border http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/12/02/happened-before/

2 part Q&A for Woodrow Wilson website on NxtGen Canada-US border initiative http://beyondtheborderobserver.org/2013/09/04/qa-with-emily-gilbert/ and http://beyondtheborderobserver.org/2013/10/09/qa-with-emily-gilbert-pt-2/

Interview with Keith Norbury, Canadian Sailings (Canada’s Weekly Trade and Transportation Magazine), on Canada-US border  http://www.canadiansailings.ca/?p=7546

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Many questions with cross-border policing” Embassy: Canada’s Foreign Policy Newspaper Wednesday April 24, 2013: p.23.

Interview with Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, on the Beyond the Border Action Plan Joint Statement of Privacy Principles http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/us-will-be-allowed-to-share-canadian-border-info-under-new-privacy-charter/article4378569/

Interview with Douglas Quan, Postmedia, on cross-border law enforcement

Interview with Carl Meyer, Embassy Magazine, on cross-border law enforcement http://www.embassymag.ca/page/printpage/crossborder-05-02-2012

Emily Gilbert (2012) "Harper's border deal expands the national security state" Rabble, February 1, 2012 http://rabble.ca/news/2012/02/harpers-border-deal-expands-national-security-state

Emily Gilbert (2011) “At war with the climate” The Mark, May 9, 2011

Emily Gilbert (2011) “The North American Security Perimeter should be an election issue” Rabble, April 6, 2011 http://rabble.ca/news/2011/04/north-american-security-perimeter-should-be-election-issue-0

Interview with Carl Meyer, Embassy Magazine, on the Canada-US border agreement: http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/perimeter-02-01-2012

Interview with Tim Harper, The Toronto Star, on Canada-US relations: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/978554--tim-harper-canada-u-s-relations-out-of-sight-out-of-mind

Interview with Ryerson journalism students on Occupy Toronto

Interview with Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, on the Canada-US border: http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/international/article/144150--stricter-u-s-rules-prompt-more-border-searches-report

Interview with Andrew Mitrovica, University of Toronto Magazine, on the Canada's place in the world: http://www.magazine.utoronto.ca/feature/foreign-policy-canada-place-in-the-world-21st-century/



Beyond the Border Poster

Video files of the Beyond the Border conference are available here:



Occupy Newmarket

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Money as a Weapon” Keynote at the Critical Finance Studies conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Money and the Cost of War: Militaries and Humanitarianism,” sessions on Critical Militaries Studies at the 8th Pan – European Conference on International Relations, Warsaw, Poland (invited)

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Arctic Warming: Navigating National Interests and International Cooperation,” University of Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. Invited.

Emily Gilbert (2013) “Money as a Non-Lethal Weapons System: Militarism, the Economy, and Counterinsurgency” European Workshop in International Studies, Tartu, Estonia. Invited.

Emily Gilbert (2013) “The Militarization of Climate Change,” workshop on the “Global Day of Action Against Military Spending,” University of Toronto. Invited.

Emily Gilbert (2013) “The Cost of War: Cash, Compensation and Contemporary Conflict.” Paper presented at the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa, January. Invited.

Emily Gilbert (2012) “The Gift of War: Money, Debt, and Counterinsurgency.” Paper presented at the conference on Credit, Crisis and Culture, Hamburg (Germany). Invited.

Emily Gilbert (2012) “Negotiating borders justly: immigration and human rights” Paper presentation at the Social Justice and Human Rights Conference, Toronto, May. Invited. See a review of the sessions here: http://conference-blog.icscanada.edu/2012/12/15-session-on-negotiating-borders.html

Emily Gilbert (2012) "Are you ready to be arrested by US authorieis on Canadian soil?" Talk presented to Occupy Newmarket, at the Newmarket Public Library, June 23, 2012. (see image at left)

Emily Gilbert (2012) "Beyond the Border," Panel of the University of Toronto, co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies program, University College, and the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Studies

Emily Gilbert (2011) "Borders and Security in North America," Bi-annual meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Ottawa, November.

Emily Gilbert (2011) “Beyond the Border: North American Perimeter Security,” York University, Critical Border Studies Speakers Series, November.

Emily Gilbert (2011) “The Cost of War: Cash, Compensation and Contemporary Conflict,” York University, Department of Geography, Ocotber.

Emily Gilbert (2011) “The Calculation of Value and the Management of Contingency” Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, April.

Emily Gilbert (2011) “Militarization and Climate Change” Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, April.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “Security, Labour Mobility and Human Rights” Paper Presentation at the SSHRC Workshop on Liberating Temporariness, York University, Toronto, ON, December. 

Emily Gilbert (2010) “The Cost of War: Cash, Compensation and Contemporary Conflict” Senior Common Room, University College, University of Toronto, November.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “Risky business: geographies of finance, security and conflict” International Studies Association at the Canadian Political Science Association, Montreal, June.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “The financialization of the battlefield: cash, compensation and conflict” Paper Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, April.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “Borders and Security: The Thickening of North American Relations.” Paper presented at the North American in Question workshop, Atlanta, Georgia, March.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “The militarization of climate change” Paper Presentation at the York Centre for International Security Studies, Toronto, February, 2010.

Emily Gilbert (2010) “National border or regional perimeter? Crisis and opportunity in Canada-US border politics” Paper presented at the Fulbright Conference on Reimagining the Canada-United States Border: Designing Public Policy for an Uncertain Future; Ottawa, January.



SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2011-2014): The Costs of War: Cash, Compensation and Contemporary Conflict ($71,593.00)

SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2005-2008) Money, Citizenship and the Nation-State: Canadian Currency Concerns in the early 20th Century and the Turn of the Millennium ($44,471.00 )

SSHRC Institutional Grant (2005-2007) The Idea of the "Public" and the Royal Commission on Banking and Currency of 1933 -- research at the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa ($1,450.00)



PhD Students (Current)
Christopher Alton (Supervisor)
Ayesha Basit (Co-Supervisor)
Benjamin Butler (Supervisor)
Gwen MacGregor (Supervisor)
Killian McCormack (Supervisor)
Andrew Merrill (Supervisor)
Leah Montange (Co-Supervisor)

Michael Chrobok (COmmittee Member)
Martin Danyluk (Committee Member)
Justin Douglas (Committee Member)
Beyhan Farhadi (Committee Member)
Melissa Fong (Committee Member)
Caitlin Henry (Committee Member)
Katie Mazer (Committee Member)
Alexis Mitchell (Committee Member)
Sarah Nelson (Committee Memeber)
Eleanor Rae (Committee Member)
Emily Reid-Musson (Committee Member)
Parastou Saberi (Committee Member, York University)

PhD Students (Completed)
Simone Browne (Examining Committee--Completed)
Allison Burgess (Examining Committee)
Jason Burke (Examining Committee)
Deborah Cowen (Committe Member--Completed)
Emily Eaton (Committee Member--Completed)
Lisa Freeman (Committee Member--Completed)
Kate Geddie (Committee Member--Completed)
Glenna Harris (Supervisor--Competed)
Carrianne Leung (Committee Member--Completed)
Vanessa Mathews (Committee Member--Completed)
Roger Picton (Committee Member--Competed)
David Seitz (Committee Member--Completed)
Amy Siciliano (Committee Member--Completed)
Lindsay Stephens (Committee Member--Completed)
Brett Story (Committee Member--Completed)
Laura Taylor (Committee Member--Completed)
Brittany VandeBerg (Committee Member--Completed)
Patrick Vitale (Committe Member--Completed)
Chin-Yen Anne Wu (Committee Member--Completed)

MA Students
Caroline Cormier (Supervisor--Completed)
Sonia Grant (Supervisor--Completed)
Gwen MacGregor (Supervisor--Completed)
Corey Ponder (Supervisor--Completed)
Robert Ramsay (Supervisor--Completed)
Victor Short (Co-Supervisor--Completed)
Katia Snukal (Supervisor--Completed)
Nancy Worth (Supervisor--Completed)

Raneem Azzam (Examiner)
Shannon Black (Examiner)
Melissa Gibson (Examiner)
Bridgette Kelly (Examiner)
Nemoy Lewis (Examiner)
Andrew Reeves (Examiner)
David Seitz (Examiner)
Matt Smith (Examiner)

4th Year Undergraduate Thesess Completed
Emily Carson (Supervisor)
Kate Sutherland (Co-Supervisor)
Sowon Kim (Supervisor)
Jessica Ng (Supervisor)
Chelsea Bin Han (Supervisor)
Brandon Bailey (Supervisor)
Corey Jung (Supervisor)
Melissa Tarsitano (Supervisor)
David Berkal (Supervisor)
Kimberly Elias (Supervisor)
Jee Hyun Kim (Supervisor)
Christine Bonner (Supervisor)
David Meyer (Supervisor)
Michellene Beckett (Supervisor)
Lori-Beth Hallock (Supervisor)
Tim Cowl (Supervisor)
Kevin Yepson (Supervisor)
Erin Valentine (Supervisor)