About me

Milan Prazak Ilnyckyj, PhD (Photo by Myshka Smallwood)

Milan Ilnyckyj is a six-foot tall ape descendant, resident in Toronto, Canada; he recently completed a PhD and interested in urban thru hiking, cartography, Sherlock Holmes pastiches, macro photography, radio, Space Shuttles, stunt kite flying, politics, the environment, etc.

I have been given several flat dried amalgamations of ink-marked wood fragments. In September 2012, I began a PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Junior Fellowship at Massey College. I was the founding president of Toronto350.org and elected as chair of its first board in January 2015. I also helped organize the fossil fuel divestment campaign at U ofT. I conducted research on pipeline resistance in the United States and Canada and wrote my PhD dissertation on campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns in Canada.

Those trying to figure out how to say my name should see: my pronunciation guide.

Academic history

Between September 2001 and April 2005, I was a student at the University of British Columbia. While there, I was a member of the UBC Photo Society, as well as the UBC Debate Society – where I served as Treasurer for three years. I was also a member of the International Relations Student Association (IRSA), with whom I took part in the North American Security Cooperation Assessment (NASCA) in August of 2005. As an undergraduate, I also represented UBC at the 56th Annual Student Conference on United States Affairs, at the West Point Military Academy. During my time at UBC, I also had the enormous privilege of serving as Lord Protector of the Esteemed Afternoon Tea Society.

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from UBC with a double major in International Relations and Political Science, as well as a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in International Relations at Wadham College, Oxford. I wrote my thesis on the role of science in global environmental policy-making, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Hurrell. I finished the program in the summer of 2007. While attending Oxford, I was the Vice President and Webmaster of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group. I was an active member of the Oxford University Walking Club: hiking with them in Wales, England, and Scotland. More information about Oxford is on my wiki.

I was a PhD student in political science at the University of Toronto from September 2012 to December 2022, and was a junior fellow at Massey College between 2012 and 2017. I defended my PhD dissertation in December 2022.

See also: Academic curriculum vitae


Outside school and work, I am very interested in photography, writing, reading, and the outdoors. In addition to being available online, my photography has been published in books, the July/August 2013 issue of Orion Magazine (p. 13), L’actualité magazine, CD album covers, pamphlets, and newspapers. I have also had one exhibition in Ottawa. I am available for hire for commercial photographic projects, including weddings and photography lessons. I also sell large, high-quality photographic prints. I have a portfolio online.

This blog was originally created as a means of staying in touch with friends and family while studying in Oxford. It persists primarily as a forum to discuss environmental issues, domestic and international security, and general topics of interest.

Those wishing to get in touch with me are asked to use my contact page.

Last update: 2024-01-09 (SoCF Day 40)