Dr Laura J. Shepherd is Associate Professor of International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia in Sydney, Australia. Laura’s 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, and her research engages the motifs of participation and protection that characterise debates about women, peace and security in global politics. Laura has recently concluded a research project investigating logics of gender and space in UN peacebuilding discourse and is just beginning a research project examining advocacy around, and implementation of, the Women, Peace and Security agenda at global, national, and local levels. Both projects received funding from the Australian Research Council (DP130100707 and DP160100212 respectively). In addition to scholarly contributions, Laura is also co-founder of the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (WPSAC), which was formed in 2012 to champion the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Australia. Laura regularly blogs for WPSAC and other websites.
Together with Dr Paul Kirby, Dr Shepherd convened 'Women, Peace and Security Post-2015: concepts, criticisms and challenges', a workshop for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, activists and advocates which took place at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security in March 2016.