Elisabeth King is a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Elisabeth works on issues at the intersection of conflict, peacebuilding, and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Using research methods ranging from in-depth qualitative research to quantitative surveys and field experiments, her recent projects examine how presumed social goods – such as education and community-driven development interventions – may contribute to peace and/or conflict. She has conducted fieldwork in Croatia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania. Elisabeth has also worked with NGOs on the global landmine crisis, developed an impact evaluation strategy for a UNICEF education program, and consulted for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on evaluating community-driven development.

Elisabeth has published articles in African Studies Review, the Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention, and the Journal of Development Effectiveness and her first book, From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. In April 2013, she authored a report for the International Rescue Committee and Department for International Development entitled A Critical Review of Community-Driven Development Programmes in Conflict-Affected Countries.

Spanish (conversational)

  • Development

  • Peacebuilding

  • Education

  • Impact Evaluation

  • Community-driven Development

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (2008);

  • M.A., University of Toronto (2002)

  • B.A., University of Western Ontario (2001)