Researcher

Associate Professor Laura Shepherd

Biography

Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Laura is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK.

Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace...view more

Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Laura is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK.

Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda. She has written extensively on the formulation of UNSCR1325 and subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions. Laura is particularly interested in poststructural accounts of gender and security; much of her work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical frameworks. She also has strong interests in pedagogy and and popular culture. 

Research areas: Gender politics, international relations, peace and security.

Current and Recent Research Projects

Women, Peace and Security: Rethinking Policy, Advocacy and Implementation
This research applies discourse-theoretical analysis to the formation of the WPS policy architecture, mapping feminist advocacy around the WPS agenda, and analysing the implementation of the WPS agenda at the national level. ARC DP160100212 (2016-2018). 

Gender, Peacebuilding and the Politics of Space
This project offers a rigorous and methodologically innovative analysis of UNPBC activities and critically interrogates logics of liberal peacebuilding. ARC DP130100707 (2013-2015). 

Areas of Postgraduate Research Supervision: Critical and/or feminist perspective in the fields of security studies and international relations, the United Nations system, peacebuilding and the politics of popular culture. 

Laura is also lead supervisor of the Scientia Scholarship Project 'Women and Peace in Africa: Gender-Based Violence in Conflict-Affected States' and co-supervisor in the Scientia Scholarship Project 'Reimagining and Decolonizing Post-conflict Peacebuilding'.

Postgraduate Research Completions 

  • Caitlin Hamilton, PhD Social Sciences (International Relations), The Everyday Artefacts of World Politics: What graphic novels, craft and internet memes can tell us about international relations (UNSW Sydney, 2016).
  • Ian Michael Zucker, PhD Politics & International Relations, The Discursive Construction of Israeli National Identity (UNSW Australia, 2016).
  • Linda Åhäll, PhD International Relations, Motherhood and political violence: Life-giving and life-taking in representations of female agency in conflict (University of Birmingham, 2011).
  • Lee Jarvis, PhD International Relations,  Times of terror: Discourse and the politics of temporality (University of Birmingham, 2008).

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision 

  • Taylor Bjarnoe, PhD Social Sciences (International Relations), The End of Geopolitics: Antarctic Peace and Security in the Anthropocene.
  • Amy Pisani, PhD Social Sciences (International Relations), Media Constructions of Terrorism and Muslim Identity in Australia
  • Catherine Bateman-Steele, PhD Social Sciences (Development Studies), Can global health targets be met without attention to gender equality?
  • Shahedul Kahn, PhD Social Sciences (International Relations), Climate change adaptation: A new thematic approach for peacekeeping.
  • Alba Boer Cuerva, PhD Social Sciences (International Relations), Women's Experiences of Empowerment and Security in Colombia
  • Sophie Adams, PhD Politics & International Relations, Understanding Australian Indigenous vulnerability to the impacts of clilmate change and the need for adaptation.
  • Kavitha Suthanthiraraj, PhD Politics & International Relations, Gender Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Humanitarian Intervention.
  • Lucy Hall, PhD Politics & International Relations, Gender, the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and Internal Displacement.

Teaching areas: Gender politics, international relations, peace and security, methodology

Affiliation and Memberships

  • Member, British International Studies Association (UK)
  • Member, International Studies Association (USA)

 


My Expertise

United Nations, women in peace and security, peacebuilding, gender and development.

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Contact

+61 (0) 2 9385 1687