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Visiting assistant professor, Saint Mary’s University

Dr. Emily Pelley is currently an assistant professor in the International Development Studies Program at Saint Mary's University. She is currently doing research on integration support for refugee youth in Atlantic Canada. Emily has been involved with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier’s Initiative as a researcher for several years. Her work has been focused on children affected by armed conflict, displacement following complex emergencies, youth mental health, and youth engagement. She is a passionate advocate in the fight against human trafficking and she has used any avenues that come her way to raise awareness and mobilize people to stand up to this injustice. Emily recently completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary studies at Dalhousie University. In 2010, she received her MSc with distinction in International Health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to this, she received her BA (Honours) from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Program, Dalhousie University, Dalhousie University


  • 2019 
    Dalhousie University, PhD Interdiscilinary
  • 2010 
    Queen Margaret University, Scotland, MSc International Health