Dr. Laura Reimer is currently the Director of Program Development for the Faculty of Law and the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law, and the Chairperson of the Faculty of Law Business Advisory Committee. Dr. Reimer was the first Practicum and Professional Development Coordinator for the Master of Human Rights program in the Faculty of Law. She is a former assistant professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Winnipeg, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Upon completion of her Ph D, Laura held an administrative teaching post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research interests explore the intersection of theory and practice, and her expertise merges peacebuilding practices with policy, governance, and leadership. She has particular interest and expertise in education policy and Indigenous education. Laura is a former elected school trustee, an experience which in part drives her passion for excellence in public service and leadership. Laura’s books and publications explore diverse enquiries and practices of positive transformative change and reconciliation. She is a trained Mediator and has been a leadership, governance, and strategic planning consultant.

Research areas

Policy and Governance, Indigenous Education, Reconciliation, Education Policy

Selected publications


  • Reimer, L. Leadership and School Boards II: Guarding the Trust in an Era of Community Engagement. (2015). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education.
  • Reimer, L. (2008). Leadership and School Boards: Guarding the Trust. Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield Education.

Edited Books (Refereed)

  • Reimer, L., and Standish, K. (2023). Perspectives on Justice, Indigeneity, Gender, and Security in Human Rights Research. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Reimer, L., and Chrismas, R. (2020). Our Shared Future: Windows into Canada’s Reconciliation Journey. New York, NY: Lexington.
    *Nominated for the Manitoba Book Awards
  • Reimer, L., Standish, K., and Thiessen, C. (2019). Expanding Edges of Narrative Inquiry: Research from the Mauro Institute. New York, NY: Lexington.
  • Reimer, L., Standish, K., and Thiessen, C. (Eds). (2018). Conflict Transformation, Storytelling, and Peacebuilding: Research from the Mauro Centre. New York, NY: Lexington Books.
  • Reimer, L., Schmitz, C., Janke, E, Askerov, A., Strahl, B., & Matyok T., (2015). Transformative Change: An Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies. New York, NY: Lexington Books.

Journal Articles (Refereed)

  • Byrne, S., Levasseur, K., & Reimer, L. (2022) “Building Peace in Northern Ireland: Hopes for the Future” Humanity & Society,
  • Reimer, L., and Dunsford, J. (2017). “Relationship-centred Healthcare as a Lean Intervention.” International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, 1 – 5.
  • Reimer, L. “Transformative Frameworks: Designing Research for and as Conflict Transformation” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies. (Volume 47, No.1, 2016), 85 – 108.
  • Reimer, L. (2007). “Policy Leadership.” Manitoba Journal of Research in Education, 1(1). 1-4.
  • Reimer, L. (2014). “Conflict Transformation: Canadian Democracy and Aboriginal Relations” Global Journal of Peace Research and Praxis. 1(1), 32 – 45.

Community involvement

  • Commissioner, Manitoba Law Reform Commission, 2022 -2025
  • Secretary, St Paul’s College Assembly, 2022
  • Member, St. Paul’s College Assembly, 2017-2022
  • Member, Governance Reform Committee, University of Manitoba Board of Governors, 2021-2022
  • Vice-Chair, Finance, Administration and Human Resources Committee, University of Manitoba Board of Governors, 2020-2022
  • Member, University of Manitoba Board of Governors, 2019-2022
  • Governance Chair, Mediation Services Board of Directors, 2016-2019
  • Associate Editor, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 2020-2022


  • Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Winnipeg, 2017.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA, 2013-2014