Praneel is in his final year of the MA Public and International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Ottawa and is a scholarship recipient. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Edith Cowan University) and an Honours degree (Murdoch University) from Australia, both in psychology. He also holds a Master’s degree in Neuropsychology (Université libre de Bruxelles) from Belgium. Prior to relocating to Canada in 2018, Praneel worked as a clinical neuropsychologist, was actively engaged with the Alzheimer’s Association of Mauritius and was a co-investigator for a national epidemiological study on non-communicable diseases led by international experts.
The change of fields has enabled Praneel to enhance his versatility and expand his areas of interest. At the moment his time is shared between his MA research on the 2019 federal election results and public opinion data about climate change and the federal fuel surcharge, and working for a federal department having an Indigenous portfolio. Praneel also has a strong interest in questions related to defence policy, force structures and assessments of capability gaps, and social equity. He is therefore excited and honoured to be part of the NAADSN to analyse media, social media, and parliamentary discussions on continental defence and NORAD since 2017; and to investigate what role the Canadian Armed Forces play and might play in capacity building in Canadian Northern and Indigenous communities.