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Valerie Percival


Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
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  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Disaster Management
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • International Development

Wilson Center Projects

Promoting Gender Equality and Health Equity through Foreign Policy: Panacea or Fool’s Game?

Full Biography

Valerie Percival is an Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. Her research focuses on the impact of violent conflict on the health of civilians, gender, health systems and policy networks. She is a Commissioner for The Lancet and the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT) Commission on Peaceful Societies through Health and Gender Equality, where she led the research and writing of the final Commission Report. In partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, she is the Principal Investigator for GenLab – a Community of Practice in Mozambique to understand how gender norms influence access to and delivery of healthcare services. She has worked with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, the International Crisis Group where she headed their Kosovo Office and UNHCR. She holds degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Carleton University (NPSIA) and the University of Toronto.

Major Publications

  • Valerie Percival et al, "Final Report: The Lancet-SIGHT Commission on Peaceful Societies through Health and Gender Equality" forthcoming in The Lancet.
  • Valerie Percival et al, "“Are health system interventions gender blind: examining health system re construction in conflict affected states” Globalization and Health, 14: 90 2018.
  • Valerie Percival, “A Bridge to Peace? A Framework for Health Engagement During Conflict.” International Studies Review, (2017) pp. 1-22.