University of Calgary

Timothy Hiu-Tung Choi

  • Doctoral Student

About me

Tim's interest in maritime affairs has only been exacerbated by his perceived need to continue the age-old hobby of building ship models, defying the 21st century trend of video games as a pastime. After completing his Master's thesis from CMSS on the US Navy's challenges in countering an Iranian closure of the Strait of Hormuz using mines, he decided to continue focusing on the seapower of countries with small navies. For his doctoral research, he examines how seapower and maritime strategy in the 21st century has been altered by the conclusion of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, with case studies involving Canada, Denmark, and Norway. As part of this, he has carried out field research on board Norwegian and Danish patrol ships to gain insights into the tactical elements of peacetime seapower.

When not conferencing and dissertationing, he can be found writing articles for such venues as the CDA Institute, the Canadian Naval Review (where he also serves as Photo Editor and on the Editorial Board), and the Centre for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), as well as expanding his social media presence, attending the occasional folk/symphonic metal concert, and putting his camera through its paces. 

Tim also serves as a research fellow at Dalhousie University's Centre for the Study of Security and Development and as a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

He was also the resident Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellow in Naval, Maritime, and Strategic Studies at Yale University's International Security Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year, under the mentorship of Professor Paul Kennedy. 

His most recent publications include the following:


2021   With Adam Lajeunesse. “Here There Be Dragons? Chinese Submarine Options in the Arctic.” Journal of Strategic Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2021.1940147. 

2021   “Danish Naval Evolution in the Arctic: Developments through the Unipolar Moment.” In Navies in Multipolar Worlds, edited by Paul Kennedy and Evan Wilson. London: Routledge.

2020   “Maritime Militarization in the Arctic: Identifying Civil-Military Dependencies.” In Arctic Yearbook 2020, edited by Lassi Heininen, Heather Exner-Pirot, and Justin Barnes, 60-78. Akureyri, Iceland: Arctic Portal.

2020   “Sea Control by Other Means: Norwegian Coast Guard Operations under International Maritime Law.” Ocean Development and International Law 51, no. 1: 35-46.

2019    “Ready to Secure: A Sea Control Perspective on Canadian Fisheries Enforcement.” In Grey and White Hulls: An International Analysis of the Navy-Coastguard Nexus, edited by Ian Bowers and Collin Koh Swee Lean, 223-244. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Photograph of Timothy Hiu-Tung Choi

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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