Emily Paddon


  • Program Year
  • 2007-08
  • Country of Current Residence
  • United Kingdom
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Oxford
  • Current Position
  • Lecturer in International Relations
  • Organization
  • Wadham College, University of Oxford
  • Profession(s)
  • Researcher

  • Sector(s)
  • Education, International Affairs, International development
  • Language(s)
  • English, French
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • development, education, human security, international relations, intervention
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Emily is a Lecturer in International Relations at Wadham College (University of Oxford). She is a doctoral candidate and Trudeau Scholar at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Interested in human security, intervention and development, her current research explores the limits and validity of the principle of impartiality in UN-authorized interventions.

Emily is the former Managing Director of The St Antony’s International Review, Oxford’s graduate journal of international affairs. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture, and International Relations. In addition to her studies, she has worked at Goldman Sachs, the International Crisis Group, The Watson Institute for International Relations, and World Affairs Television, and her interest in human security and development has led to research projects and volunteer work in West and North Africa. She believes that these institutional and field experiences have enriched her approach to the study of International Relations. One of her referees wrote: “Emily has gone from strength to strength, rarely faltered, and clearly demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities.”

As a Fellow

Emily spent the year developing and working on a peace-building project related to her dissertation. The project which focuses on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan and its long-term implications for the practice of integrated peace-building is now in full swing. In addition, Emily started a Canadian speaker series for Young Canadians in Finance (YCIF), where she interviewed prominent Canadians in the field of business, politics and culture.


I don’t think I can pinpoint one special event which specifically left an indelible mark, it was more the accumulation of many moments which were cause for thought — sitting down at the kitchen for our regular Sunday night dinner and reflecting on how important sharing food and friends are, working on Dari and English with Humaira sparking my interest in her country and furthering my desire to do work in Afghanistan, feeling alive and careless dancing in the snow at Carnival. – Emily Paddon