Nicole Marshall is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her current research combines political theory and field work in Tuvalu and Kiribati to explore new ways of thinking about citizenship and rights, beyond their traditional ties to the sovereign state. In particular, she works with the concept of post-territorial citizenship as a rights-distributing mechanism that could extend political membership beyond the physical loss of the state in the face of rising sea levels.
Nicole completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in 2015, where her research explored the ways in which forced environmental migration challenges the moral legitimacy of the Westphalian sovereign state system. Her doctoral dissertation, “Environmental Migration and Rights in the Context of Accelerated Climate Change: Proposing an Ethically-Sound Framework for International Human Rights and Domestic Migration Policy,” argued that the fallacious separation of "the political" from "the environmental" in international law, policy, and prevailing public discourses has significantly reduced the capacity of the current international regime to meet the array of challenges presented by climate change.