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Francesca Speed

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Research Topic:

Multiculturalism, North American Intelligence & Domestic Counterterrorism.

Research Summary:

My current research examines how intelligence and security services in Canada and the United States negotiate the challenges of multiculturalism in the context of domestic counterterrorism. My work focuses primarily on the post-9/11 period, whilst also considering precedent set by domestic terror investigations in the twentieth century. This builds on my undergraduate research, which looked exclusively at the development of domestic counterterrorism efforts in Canada following the establishment of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 1984, and the changes that this facilitated amongst the pre-existing Canadian intelligence and security apparatus.

My focus on Canada initially stemmed from my experiences in Ottawa as a study abroad student, and was furthered by an existing gap in the current scholarship in the fields of both intelligence and terrorism.

Research Interests:

Canadian intelligence; United States intelligence; North American security; domestic terrorism; counterterrorism; multiculturalism.

Research Supervisor/s:

Dr. Paul McGarr & Dr. Maria Ryan

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships:

Politics and Foreign Policy Research Cluster, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

Conference Papers & Presentations:

"Re-Thinking Domestic Intelligence: Canada as a Model for U.S. Intelligence Reform". ACIPSS Student Conference. May 2017.

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