Building Better Peace

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University.

My research focuses on civil wars and peace processes, in particular, how the international community supports societies as they move from war towards peace, and why these processes often fail to establish stable peace. I'm particularly interested in the negotiation of power during these processes, the role of non-state actors and women, and how the assumptions and behaviours of international interveners affects their capacity and credibility in the countries in which they work.  

My first book, "Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War" was published in 2015 by Lynne Rienner Publishers. My second book, "Violating Peace: Sex, Aid and Peacekeeping" was published in 2020 with Cornell University Press.

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"Even if there’s no war raging, there are many places where people can’t live with dignity, human rights, or access to health and education." - Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

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I've published a range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that explore a few key themes: the role of the international community in peace processes in civil wars, issues of women, peace and security; and sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations.

I have also made numerous media appearances discussing peace and post conflict issues.

I am available for expert consultancy, media comment, and graduate supervision, and I love opportunities to collaborate with others (either in academia or outside).

Latest from Twitter

This video from MSF breaks my heart. It deceptively minimizes how exploitative and violent MSF's photographic activities have been towards patients, who are supposed to be the heart of the organization's mandate.

https://youtu.be/41eR4WD1xwU

I wrote about rape, justice and healing for @Meanjin. Huge TW on this piece. Be careful with it if you're a victim-survivor. I'm really proud of this one: https://meanjin.com.au/blog/a-different-way-of-doing-things/

🚨 So excited to see our article authored with @YVeilleuxLepage and @aysed_9, "Gendered radicalisation and 'everyday practices" now open-access in @EJIntSec, which examined women's only online forums as gendered sites...1/🚨

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/european-journal-of-international-security/article/gendered-radicalisation-and-everyday-practices-an-analysis-of-extreme-right-and-islamic-state-womenonly-forums/1C4E05907976274941A7CD240E62DC3F

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