Gaëlle Rivard Piché


Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a researcher specializing in security sector reform, policing, fragile states, and violence.


She is a doctoral candidate in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Ottawa). Her dissertation, entitled “When Security Sector Reform Misfires: the Remaking of Public Order Regimes,” explores how security sector reform affects public order and ultimately violence. She looks at two main cases: El Salvador and Haiti. She is currently conducting field research in San Salvador.

Gaëlle holds a M.Sc. in Political Science and a B.Sc. in International Relations from Université de Montréal. She previously worked for the provincial police of Québec (Sûreté du Québec) and Francopol, the international francophone network for police training, on issues related to the deployment of police officers in UN peace operations in francophone countries.

From 2008 to 2010, she was also the coordinator for the Centre in International Peace and Security Studies (Université de Montréal/McGill University). Her research has received the support of several award-granting institutions, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Department of Defence, and the International Development Research Centre.