PersonnelDr. Peter Kikkert

Dr. Peter Kikkert

Dr. Peter Kikkert (he/him)


  • BA, History, University of Waterloo, 2008
  • MA, History, University of Waterloo, 2009
  • PhD, History, Western University, 2015


Dr. Kikkert has written extensively on historic and contemporary safety, security, and sovereignty issues in the polar regions. His current research program focuses on how to strengthen search and rescue, disaster and emergency management capabilities, and community disaster resilience in rural, remote, and Northern communities. For the last three years, Dr. Kikkert has served as the principal investigator for the Kitikmeot SAR (KSAR) Project and the co-organizer of the Kitikmeot Roundtable on SAR. Working closely with community responders, the KSAR Project explores best practices, lessons learned, challenges, and future requirements for search and rescue in Inuit Nunangat. Dr. Kikkert has delivered briefings on this research to the Arctic Security Working Group, Canadian NORAD Region, and to various American agencies through his participation in the U.S. State Department’s Arctic Search and Rescue Exchange 2019. This project has yielded multiple reports and briefing notes, and publications in Arctic, the Canadian Journal of Emergency Management, and The Northern Review.

Dr. Kikkert has had the privilege to live and teach in the North, sail the Northwest Passage, participate in training patrols with the Canadian Rangers, and travel on the land, ice, and waters of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, and Alaska with community responders and Elders.

As part of the METR team, Dr. Kikkert will focus on assessing local response capabilities in the Canadian Arctic.

Research Interests

  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Community Disaster Resilience
  • Community Safety
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Rangers