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Part-time Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa and the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, Carleton University

Dr Ruby Dagher is an international development professional, researcher, consultant and long-term appointed part-time professor. Ruby’s work experience in international development and her research over the last decade have given her significant expertise in public policy, state capacity, evaluations, post-conflict development, donor-recipient relationships, power dynamics, and economic development.
Ruby has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. Prior to getting her PhD, she worked as a program analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada), as an evaluator, and as a trader and account manager in the Canadian banking industry.
She has several publications in reputable journals and books with notable publishers related to state legitimacy, policy spaces for developing countries and small island states, post-conflict development, civil society, evaluation practices, and donor-recipient relationships. Her desire to contribute to knowledge-sharing and to the establishment of evidence-based policy making has also led her to participate in, organize and coordinate numerous academic and non-academic events that analyse important issues related to the Global South.
In general, her research interests are focused on foreign aid policy and donor programming, evaluation, post-conflict development, fragile states, post-conflict legitimacy, decentralization and state legitimacy, the role of civil society in non-Western cultures, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.


  • 2014–2018
    Part-time Professor, Researcher and Consultant, University of Ottawa