Valerie Percival is an associate professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Her research focuses on the impact of violent conflict on the health of civilians, gender and health systems, and policy networks. She serves on the Commission on Peace, Justice, and Gender Equality for Healthy Societies overseen by The Lancet and the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation. She has held positions at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the International Crisis Group, heading their Kosovo Office. She holds a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MA from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a BA from the University of Toronto.