WISE Development is continually developing a network of like-minded consultants around the world in order to share learning and experience, and to provide local partnership on assignments.
Emma Varley - Senior Associate
Emma Varley has 20 years of international development and applied research experience in South and Southeast Asia, and East Africa. She holds a PhD in Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology, and has expertise in action-oriented qualitative and ethnographic methodologies and ethics protocols.
Emma’s research and professional activities have been in the areas of women’s sexual, reproductive and maternal health, health system monitoring and evaluation, gender equality and gender-based violence, and rural and community development. Her work includes analysis of the impacts of natural disasters, political instability, and conflict on health systems, and community access to and use of medical services. In addition to designing, undertaking and supervising qualitative and mixed-methods studies, her methods and ethics expertise have been used for the purposes of grant and project development and reviews, capacity building exercises, and policy and program development.
Emma has worked with WISE since 2010 on DFID-funded projects in Pakistan and India, and to design and evaluate bids and projects. In Pakistan, Emma has served since 1997 as a short- and long-term consultant and trainer for the Research and Advocacy Fund, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Sarhad Rural Development Program, Mercy Corps, and Heartfile. Globally, she has worked on behalf of organizations such as the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the British Council, Malteser International, Christian World Services, and the SEVA Foundation.
In addition to her professional and consultancy work for NGOs and INGOs, Emma has taught at undergraduate and graduate institutions in Canada and Pakistan. Prior to her current position as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandon University in Canada, she served as the Acting Head of the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Department at the Health Services Academy in Pakistan. In 2016, she was appointed by the Canadian Anthropology Society to be the Co-Chair of the Canadian Medical Anthropology Network.