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Assistant Professor, Canadian Forces College

Dr. Emily Pelley is an assistant professor with the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security, within the Canadian Defence Academy. She is currently doing research on child protection and human security in situations of armed conflict, as well as strategies for a whole of government approach to implementing the Vancouver Principles. Her past research has focused on integration support for refugee youth in Atlantic Canada, which will be published in 2022. She has held a limited term appointment in the International Development Studies Program at Saint Mary's University, and continues to teach there part-time. Emily has been involved with the Dallaire Institute at Dalhousie University as a researcher for several years. She has helped with training/ curriculum development, research activities, and program evaluation. Emily's work has been focused on children affected by armed conflict, displacement following complex emergencies, youth mental health, community resilience, 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. In 2010, Emily 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


Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year 2015