Erin Aylward is a 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a third year doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the polarisation of sexual rights within international relations. More specifically, Erin's research examines why the issues of abortion and LGBTI rights have received differing degrees of institutionalisation and support within various UN bodies.
In addition to her current doctoral research, Erin has been working as the Research Lead for the Dignity Initiative, a Canadian working group focused on foreign policy and refugee policy related to LGBTI rights. Additionally, she serves as a Gender Advisor to the social enterprise Voto Mobile, with whom she has helped develop, fund and implement a €345,000.00 project on school-based sexual violence in Ghana.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Erin created, funded and filled the position of Gender Advisor to Engineers Without Borders Canada, working primarily with the organisation's ventures in Ghana. She also worked as a Public Outreach Officer with the women’s rights organisation, Oxfam Canada, during which time she coordinated Oxfam International's presence at WorldPride in Toronto. Erin holds an M.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Ottawa and a double major in Political Science (Honours) and Spanish from Memorial University.