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Amber Warnat

Home Institution: Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Faculty of Public Policy, PhD Student


I am working with our partners to understand if and how gender norms undermine formal institutions and their efforts to prevent and prosecute sexual and gender-based violence, and how external stressors (such as poverty and climate change) can further exacerbate the breakdown of those efforts.

Research Interests and societal interests

I am interested in the intersection between formal and informal institutions, and why sexual and gender-based violence has been occurring despite formal protections against it.

Expectations as a QES Scholar during the Mobility Period

Given the sensitivity of my topic;  the need to interpret deep meaning by observing social practices, and; the challenges of studying informal rules – I believe our QES partners, and the network I will build, will be invaluable for navigating some of these barriers. I am eager to share and collaborate with other QES scholars.

The QES Project and Advancement of your Career

It is my hope that the networks I build will continue far beyond this project, leading to long career in academia. I expect to meet many of Ghana’s brilliant African scholars during the QES project, and I anticipate nurturing collaboration through research, conferences, and workshops for years to come.

I also expect to give back by encouraging my own students to develop networks, innovate, and create. I have been blessed by professors who focused on both my intellectual and personal growth; thus, I feel a strong obligation to provide the same support to future generations.