Academic C.V.

Milan Ilnyckyj, B.A. (UBC), M.Phil (Oxford — or “Oxon” in the local tradition), PhD (Toronto)

Citizenship: Canadian

Languages: English (native speaker), French (conversational)

Academic qualifications

PhD in Political Science, University of Toronto

Dissertation: Persuasion Strategies: Canadian Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns and the Development of Activists, 2012–20. University of Toronto, 2023. Supervisor: Professor Robert Vipond.

M.Phil in International Relations, Oxford University
(Supervisor: Andrew Hurrell)

Distinctions earned in quantitative methods (2005), history (2007), and international law (2007)

Thesis: Expertise and Legitimacy: The Role of Science in Global Environmental Policy-Making

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Political Science), University of British Columbia

Graduated first in class, International Relations



Ilnyckyj, M. (2022). “Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment (CFFD) Counter-Repertoires.” APSA Preprints. doi:10.33774/apsa-2022-8mqdn

Refereed Journals:

“Climate Change, Energy Security, and Nuclear Power.” St. Antony’s International Review. Volume 4, Number 2, February 2009. p. 92-112.

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“The Legality and Sustainability of European Union Fisheries Policy in West Africa.” MIT International Review. Spring 2007. p. 32-41.

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“Sovereignty and Environmental Protection: Not Incompatible Values.” UBC Journal of International Affairs. 2004. p. 93-102.

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“The Space Race as ‘Primitive’ Warfare.” UBC Journal of International Affairs. 2005. p. 19-28.

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Government Reports:

“Common Threats, Joint Responses: The Report of the 2005 North American Security Cooperation Assessment Student Tour.” Produced for the Canadian Department of National Defence. August 2005.

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Book reviews:

Hulme, Mike. “Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity” reviewed in the St. Antony’s International Review. 2010.

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Teaching experience

University of Toronto – Teaching Assistant
Worked as a teaching assistant for a second-year U.S. government and politics course: teaching three weekly tutorials, as well as grading essays and exams

University of Toronto – Teaching Assistant
Worked as a teaching assistant for a second-year international relations course: teaching hour-long weekly tutorials, as well as grading essays and exams

Hertford College, Oxford – International Program
Lectured to visiting graduate students on Canada-US security and defence cooperation

St. Hugh’s College, Oxford – Summer School
Gave a series of tutorials to an IB student on Middle Eastern history and politics, focusing on the Camp David Accords. I also taught tutorials on distributive justice and political theory.

Academic and professional awards and distinctions

Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15,000)

Wadham College Senior Scholarship (£500)

This scholarship is awarded “on the basis of academic merit and postgraduate potential” by Wadham College, Oxford.

Gerald N Savory Prize in International Relations ($250)

This prize is awarded to “the outstanding graduating major in International Relations” by the University of British Columbia.

John C. and Anne J. Clark Scholarship in U.S. Studies ($1,300)

Mack Eastman United Nations Prize ($500)

My essay “The Space Race as Primitive Warfare” was judged to be the best essay written by an international relations student in the 2003/2004 session.

University of British Columbia, Undergraduate Scholar Program ($10,000)

British Columbia Provincial Scholarship ($1000), Passport to Education ($800)

Governor General’s Millennium Award in the Study of Canadian History

Conference participation

56th Annual Student Conference on United States Affairs; West Point Military Academy.

I took part in the Global Social Concerns Roundtable and participated in the preparation of the report of that group.

UBC Model United Nations (Palestinian Delegation),
UBC Global Security Conference (Presenter)

Relevant extra-curricular activities:

Toronto, Founding President (2012-2013), Fossil fuel divestment campaign Administration Engagement Committee Chair (2014-2016), Founding Chair of the Board (2014-2015).


Oxford University Strategic Studies Group, Vice-President and Webmaster (2006-07)

British Columbia

UBC Debate Society, Treasurer (2002-04)

ORCID: 0000-0001-7193-8715

Last updated: 28 March 2016