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Kirsten Van Houten

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. International Development Studies from the University of Ottawa, M.A. International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, Combined Honours B.A. in Human Rights and Law from Carleton.

Kirsten Van Houten is an academic and practitioner at the Human Rights and Peacebuilding Nexus. Since completing her Ph.D., she has worked with Canadian political parties and Non-Governmental Organizations to advocate for improved policy on peacebuilding. She is a regular contract Instructor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and she is a member of the Human Rights, Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa and the McLeod Group.

Her research interests include peacebuilding, civil society, human rights, state fragility, Canadian foreign policy, and gender equality. Regionally her work has focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

She is currently teaching INAF 5200 (Peacebuilding and Reconstruction) and a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at NPSIA.