University of Calgary

Aamir Jamal

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching


Dr. Aamir Jamal is Associate Professor of International Social Development and Social Policy at the University of Calgary in Canada. With a unique background that combines a PhD in International Development from the University of Calgary, an MBA from Adelphi University, New York, and several years of experience in social policy and community development in both local and international settings, Dr. Jamal offers an interesting and valuable blend of knowledge and experience in areas of global policy, nonprofit leadership and management, and international social development. 

Dr. Jamal’s work has been published in prestigious international scholarly journals and presented at various academic conferences and community events across the globe. His research emerges from a strong social justice perspective and has focused primarily on three areas: engaging men in gender justice; the effectiveness of International Nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) in the development sector; and Muslim youth, identity crisis, and global conflicts. What makes Dr. Jamal’s approach to research stand out is his use of community-based qualitative research methods to explore deep rooted socio-cultural and political issues of diverse marginalized groups.

Dr. Jamal founded and led several educational and humanitarian assistance programs in Pakistan. He has worked extensively in the areas of program design and evaluation, donor communication & liaison development with government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s). Dr. Jamal also provides training and consulting in areas of qualitative research design and qualitative approaches to program evaluation. He continues to serve as an invited expert for a number of Canadian and international organizations, government bodies, and parliamentary committees. 

Further, he has received several awards for both his research and work for human rights and social justice including the Izaak Killam Doctoral Award, Nickola Goddard Research Award, the International Research Award by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Recognition of Excellence – Social Action Award from the University of Calgary, Canada. 


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