Alison Bottomley

MA Global Governance

Alison BottomleyAlison Bottomley, a Master’s student in Global Governance, has embraced the international opportunities that the Balsillie School and University of Waterloo have to offer. She recently completed an internship, a requirement of the program, as a Research Intern with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, a civil society organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Alison’s position had her conducting interviews and research regarding self-regulation in organizations, culminating in the creation of a publication detailing the findings. She explains that the experience provided “invaluable exposure to what it is like to live abroad and work in the human rights field.” “It was also a great deal of fun,” she adds. “I met wonderful people from around the world and experience the beauty of South Africa.”

In addition to the internship and international opportunities, Alison cites the local opportunities as one of the reasons she chose this program. “The school provides so many opportunities for students to develop their practical skills, such as working with the Centre for International Governance Innovation in downtown Waterloo.” The program also provides students with an interdisciplinary work environment. Students answer research questions across a variety of disciplines. “The learning environment is one in which you cannot help but be inspired and exposed to new ideas.”

Alison’s research focuses on human rights and post-conflict reconstruction with an emphasis on gender and conflict. She examines sexual violence and gender mainstreaming, with her thesis addressing how to develop a norm to include men and boys in sexual violence programming.

January 2014 Megan Scarborough

University of Waterloo

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