Nicole Leaver


  • Program Year
  • 2017-19
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Canada
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Montreal
  • Current Position
  • Sauvé Fellow
  • Organization
  • Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Profession(s)
  • Researcher, Consultant

  • Language(s)
  • English, French (Beginner)
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • Alternative Economies, armed conflict, climate change, Collective Memory, gender
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Impact Statement

Nicole is interested in the gendered dimensions of contemporary armed conflicts, climate change grievances, and qualitative social science research methods. Focused on how to catalyze cross-community and cross-disciplinary dialogue, Nicole is committed to the extensive monitoring and analysis of international peace and security institutions, post-conflict reconstruction, and transitional justice.


Nicole is a Policy Research Fellow at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) at the United Nations, as well as a research consultant at the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (IIGHRS) in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining WPS, Nicole was a Research Fellow at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault in New York City (2016), and a Program Assistant at Democracy Reporting International in Berlin (2015). Nicole offers an interdisciplinary and innovative lens to analyzing transitioning and fragile democracies and conflict zones.

Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Theory, Culture and Politics from Trent University, as well as a Bachelors of Social Science in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa.

 Nicole is the recipient of the Constance Jones Scholarship in Women’s Studies for extraordinary contributions to Gender Studies (2010), as well the Social Science Research Travel Grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa (2011) to conduct research on Indigenous environmental movements in Bolivia.