Bio (Rosemary Cairns)

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Rosemary Cairns


Associate Faculty


Humanitarian Studies


Rosemary Cairns brings a diversity of practical national and international field experience to her teaching. She has worked internationally in community capacity building, electoral observation and program evaluation in Bosnia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Southern Sudan, Sudan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya. Her particular focus is on locally-led peacebuilding and community mobilization both in terms of research and practical implementation.


Cairns has worked with electoral observation missions run by the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Carter Center and the European Union. She has designed and managed community mobilization efforts nationally and internationally. Cairns worked in journalism, election administration and Indigenous claims ratification and enrolment, public service and women’s advocacy. She has also served on city council and on various territorial and community boards.


Cairns holds a Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University (2006). She is a certified professional facilitator who has used and taught a variety of participatory approaches in her work both nationally and internationally.