Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Faculty of Arts
Nicole Johnston (she/her) is an Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs student specializing in Global Governance and Security, a passionate feminist, and a community organizer motivated by the role of public policy in creating lasting social change. Her current research focuses on the role of women’s rights organizations in internationalized transitional justice processes. As a policy practitioner in the federal government, Nicole is passionate about how foreign policy can be used to support feminist movements. Nicole completed her Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Nicole completed work terms in the federal government and at a non-profit think tank, in addition to an internship learning from feminist organizers in Blantyre, Malawi and an academic semester in Grenoble, France. Speaking English, French, and German, Nicole is an avid language learner.
Nicole’s motivation to pursue her Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia stems from her deep commitment to policy development that shifts power for systemic social change. Specifically, Nicole is interested in the intersections between gender equality, peace building, and post conflict development, and the role of public policy in designing gender transformative peace processes.