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Tanya Bandula-Irwin

Fellow, Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice (2020-2021)


Tanya Bandula-Irwin is a PhD Student in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on insurgent group financing and governance, with a particular focus on the role of tax in rebel group behaviours and outcomes. Her research typically focuses on sub-Saharan Africa and the Horn of Africa. She has worked as a consultant and researcher on matters of security, governance, and taxation for the World Bank, Danish Refugee Council, Just Governance Group, and International Centre for Tax and Development. Tanya is also a Junior Fellow with the Defence and Security Foresight Group of Canada, a Canadian Security and Defence Network Laureate (2019-2020) and Executive Vice-President of the Toronto chapter of Women in International Security-Canada.

Research Interests

  • Armed non-state actors
  • Insurgent group governance
  • Civil war
  • Tax, conflict, and development


  • Ph.D Student, Political Science, University of Toronto
  • M.A., International Affairs, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
  • B.A. (Hons), Political Studies, Queen’s University


  • Bandula-Irwin, T. (Forthcoming). Gender and Bias in Research Ethics Approval: Getting Women in the Field. In Gender in Academia. UBC Press.



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