Nichola Minott


Nichola Minott is a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Her dissertation examines the impact of environmental disasters on ongoing civil conflict, using the examples of the 2004 tsunami and its effects on the conflicts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka as her primary case studies. Her areas of study are international environment and resource policy studies, international security studies and conflict resolution and negotiations. Nichola was born in Jamaica, West Indies but spent her formative years in Bronx, New York. Upon graduating from Connecticut College she joined the Peace Corps and worked as an early childhood education specialist and later as a health sector coordinator in Paraguay, South America. Prior to enrollment at Fletcher, Nichola traveled extensively throughout South and Central America, finally settling in Los Angeles, CA where she worked as a casualty reinsurance underwriter for General Reinsurance Corporation. Nichola received a B.A. in International Relations and Sociology from Connecticut College and is a graduate of the Fletcher MALD Class of 2004. She rejoined the Fletcher community in 2006 to pursue her PhD. Ms. Minott’s studies has taken her to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and London. Additionally, Nichola has received several fellowships in the furtherance of her dissertation research.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Fletcher PhD Research Fellowship 2011
  • Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship recipient (Indonesia) 2011–2012
  • David L. Boren Fellowship (Sri Lanka) 2010–2011
  • Aceh Research Training Institute (ARTI) Fellowship 2009-2010
  • Fletcher Scholarship 2006–2010; 2011–2012
  • SCAIFE Scholarship 2007–2009
  • Fletcher Security Studies PhD Scholarship 2007–2009

• Minott, N. 2004. "Carbon Mitigation Projects as a Tool for Environmental Initiatives and Sustainable Development" in Papers on International Environmental Negotiations. Volume 13 Lawrence E. Susskind, William Moomaw, Nancy J. Waters, eds.
• Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, Environmental Change and Security Program, Book Review: Beyond Disaster: Creating Opportunities for Peace, Michael Renner and Zoë Chafe (Worldwatch Institute: Washington, DC, 2007) 56 pages

• International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2008, San Francisco, CA, poster presentation Environmental Disasters: An Opportunity or Obstacle to Peace? The Case of Aceh
• International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2007, Chicago, IL, Environmental Disasters and the Impacts on Pre-Existing Conflicts

Faculty Advisor(s)
• William Moomaw

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