Emilie Venables

Designation: Course Coordinator

Emilie is the Course Coordinator for the Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergency Settings course. She also works as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor with the All Survivors Project, supporting research in Colombia, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.

A trained social anthropologist, she has worked in contexts including South Africa, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, DRC, Lebanon, Mozambique, Cambodia, Greece and Italy. Her research expertise includes migration; anthropology and humanitarian aid; Ebola; HIV/AIDS, and sexual violence. She has almost 20 years of experience designing, conducting and managing research in humanitarian contexts and teaching research methodologies.

Emilie worked for MSF between 2012 and 2019 in various roles, including as a field anthropologist, operational research manager and qualitative research advisor. She then worked as a Senior Operational Researcher with the ICRC for three years, including conducting research in South Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire and CAR on male perceptions of sexual violence and the role of Red Cross volunteers in research and data collection.

Emilie holds a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and an MSc and PhD in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh. She is an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, UK.  She is also training as an integral coach through the Centre for Coaching in Switzerland.