Aaida Mamuji

PhD, Public Administration
School of Political Studies
University of Ottawa


Aaida Mamuji obtained her doctorate in Public Administration at the School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, in 2014 Fall.  She is interested in Canada’s foreign aid and humanitarian policies, and the interdepartmental collaboration required in Canada’s whole-of-government approach for involvement in failed and fragile states.  She currently works as a Policy Advisor on complex emergencies in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), in the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group. She was awarded the 2013-2014 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship with DFATD, where she conducted policy research for the Department on Open Government and Open Data, as well as on the intersection of religious freedom and human rights.  

Dr. Mamuji’s award-nominated doctoral dissertation explored the processes by which the Canadian government responds to international natural disasters through investigating the role of ideas and discourse on problem definition.  Her case-studies included Canada’s disaster-relief intervention for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the subsequent flooding in Pakistan which followed seven months later.  As a doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Eric Champagne at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Mamuji conducted research on the World Bank Institutes' Leadership for Results initiatives.  As a student of McMaster University at the Masters level, she explored trends and opportunities in Canada’s Official Development Assistant (ODA) and conducted a case study on Canada’s development role in Afghanistan. 

Prior to beginning her PhD, Dr. Mamuji worked as a Human Capital Consultant with Ernst & Young’s Kuwait office.  She was involved in several management consultancy and policy development projects in the Advisory service line.  Dr. Mamuji has participated in a number of projects internationally, most notably an internship with the World Health Organization in Sana’a, Yemen in 2006. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, majoring in Bioethics and Human Biology.

Aaida loves to travel and explore new places, she enjoys reading and writing, and can be found spending hours at Final Round Boxing.