Emily Scott

2016 Trudeau Centre Graduate Fellow




Emily K. M. Scott is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. She studies why humanitarian organizations choose intervention or non-intervention through the lens of health, with particular focus on responses to refugee health needs after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto. As a Traditional Fulbright Award Winner, Emily Scott works with Dr. Michael Barnett at George Washington University and Dr. Amanda Murdie at the University of Georgia. She is also an Ontario Graduate Scholar, a Trudeau Centre Fellow, and a Research Affiliate at the American University of Beirut. She has worked in humanitarianism with organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency’s Afghanistan Task Force, the UNDP in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Carter Center in South Sudan, and Doctors Without Borders in Canada.

Emily K. M. Scott studies why, in response to recognized humanitarian need, we sometimes observe the range of interventions offered by international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) expanding and at other times see INGOs choose non-intervention? She explores how and where these organizations exert authority and define vulnerable and hard to reach peoples.


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