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Lauryn Oates


Associate Faculty


Humanitarian Studies


Lauryn Oates teaches Diplomacy, Development and Crisis Management in the Human Security and Peacebuilding program. Her research interests include education in conflict and post-conflict countries, technology for education, open educational resource materials, literacy, teacher education and teaching critical thinking as well as epistomology, empiricism, ethics and humanism. Oates has led projects in Afghanistan such as a teacher training program that has so far trained over 8,000 teachers, a network of village libraries and basic literacy classes for girls and women who missed out on their educations under the Taliban. She’s worked to make educational materials accessible to teachers in their own language through several translation projects, and the creation of the first online library for teachers in Afghanistan. She has worked on development programming throughout Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She has been published academically, as well as in mainstream media including writing regularly for The Huffington Post.


Oates designs, manages and evaluates development programming focused on education, in particular teacher education, literacy, educational materials, as well as focusing on gender and women’s rights in conflict situations. She is the founder of the Darakht-e Danesh Online Library for Educators in Afghanistan, and programs director at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan as well as a freelance development consultant. Her clients have includedUNICEF, Global Rights, the Nike Foundation, Action Aid, the Aga Khan Foundation, medica mondiale, the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit, the Women and Children’s Legal Research Foundation, USAID and Womankind Worldwide among others. Coverage of her work in Afghanistan has been featured in Elle, Ms., Trek, Vancouver Magazine, The National Post, 24 Hours, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, The Calgary Herald, Edmonton Sun, The Times Colonist and The Province among others.


Lauryn holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Development Studies from McGill University (2004), a Master of Arts in Human Security and Peace building from Royal Roads University (2006) and a PhD in Language and Literacy Education (2012) from the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research focused on the development of mother tongue teaching resources using information communications technologies for primary teachers in northern Uganda. She has twice been awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council award for her scholarship. The Globe & Mail named her as the first of Ten Canadians to Watch in 2009, and in 2013 she was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the province of British Columbia. Oates was also the 2013 Royal Roads University Alumni Leadership Award recipient.