Associate Professor Laura Shepherd

Associate Professor Laura Shepherd

Field of research: International Relations
Campus: Kensington

Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Specific research interests include peace and security governance, the politics and practices of United Nations and the intertextuality of politics and popular culture. Laura is particularly interested in poststructural accounts of gender,...

Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Specific research interests include peace and security governance, the politics and practices of United Nations and the intertextuality of politics and popular culture. Laura is particularly interested in poststructural accounts of gender, International Relations and security and much of her work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical frameworks. She has a strong interest in pedagogy and pursues pedagogical research primarily with a focus on learning-oriented assessment.

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

Current 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.

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

Current teaching

  • ARTS3810 International Relations: Theory and Practice

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.

Contact

+61 (0) 2 9385 1687

Research Activities

Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective

Academic feminists engaging the UN 'Women, Peace and Security' agenda.

The Disorder of Things

A group blog offering critical perspectives on matters related to global politics.