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Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Jefremovas.jpgVillia Jefremovas

Canada Research Chair in Development and Social Change
Department of Sociology
Queen's University


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Villia Jefremovas is the Canada Research Chair in Development and Social Change at the Development Studies Program, Queen's University. She is a graduate of the York University (1980), and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from University of Toronto (1980, 1993).

Jefremovas' contributions to public service has been as an expert consultant on Rwanda and the Kivu Crisis for the United Nations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), the Canadian International development Agency (CIDA), the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Intelligence Assessment Unit of the Privy Council Office (PCO) as well as advising ActionAid (UK), Save the Children (UK), and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.

Her non-academic professional work experience has been in international development and international affairs, most recently as Scientist at the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) in Cali Colombia, from 1999 to the present, as a Foreign Service Officer, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam Desk at DFAIT from 1997 to 1998, and as Interim Program Officer, Health Sciences Division, IDRC in 1990.

She has also made her work available to the wider Canadian public as a commentator and resource person for the Canadian media, most notably English and French Radio on CBC, the National on CBC Television and various Ottawa based Newsworld program as well as The Globe and Mail.

Jefremovas has held visiting appointments at the Carleton University, University of Calgary, McGill University. She has been affiliated with the Cordillera Studies Center, which she help found, and the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines, Baguio City since 1990.

During her academic career, Dr. Jefremovas has carried out four major fieldwork projects, one in Rwanda in Africa and three with an indigenous community, the Igorots, in Southeast Asia, publishing extensively on this work, most notable is her book, Brickyards to Graveyards: From Production to Genocide in Rwanda (SUNY, 2003). The central thrust of her work has been to develop a better understanding of the ways in which non-western societies are affected by, cope with and transform social, economic and political change from a community level perspective, but understood in the context of wider forces, national politics and policy, colonial history and globalization. Most recently, she has been looking at ethnicity, resource management and governance. She has also worked extensively on peace building and reconstruction, health, gender, and research methodologies in the fields of development and public policy.

Expertise:

  • Ethnic politics and post-independence violence in Rwanda
  • The Igorots in Southeast Asia
  • How non-western societies are affected by, cope with and transform social, economic and political change from a community level perspective
  • Ethnicity, resource management and governance
  • Peace building and reconstruction
  • Health, gender, and research methodologies in the fields of development and public policy

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