Valerie Percival

Senior Fellow


Valerie Percival is currently an Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.  She holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Masters degree from NPSIA and an honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto.  Prior to joining NPSIA, she held senior positions at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as the International Crisis Group, where she was director of their Kosovo Office for almost three years. She also worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guinea as well as the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

She has provided testimony to the European Parliament, the US Congress, and Canadian Parliamentarians, has published in International Studies Review, the Journal of Peace Research, and Conflict and Health and is a frequent contributor to Open Canada. Her current research focuses on three areas:  the measurement and meaning of civilian death in violent conflict and humanitarian emergencies; the complexity of international engagement in health system strengthening in post-conflict environments; and the determinants of variation in the effectiveness of policy networks.

Through this research as well as her professional experiences, Valerie has experienced the difficulties of international engagement in conflict-affected states, the challenges of policy development, and the risks and rewards of inter-disciplinary research.  With her husband, she has two wonderful sons and a Mozambican dog named Poppy.

Featured Publications

“A Bridge to Peace? A Framework for Health Engagement During Conflict.” International Studies Review, (2017) pp. 1-22.

“What a real feminist foreign policy looks like” Open Canada May 12, 2017.

Website with Case Studies of Gender and Health System Reform:

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