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Working Paper Series










it is our hope that the series will continue to provide critical reflections on women, peace and security in diverse contexts, and with potentially transformative effects.

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for academic arguments, position papers and policy briefs. It showcases work in progress by academics and researchers from any discipline and sector in the field of women, peace and security research and practice. The editors welcome new submissions.

The LSE Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series editorial board is led by Dr Paul Kirby and Professor Laura J. Shepherd.


How to submit

  • Content: Flexible, including preliminary research findings, position papers and policy briefs.

  • Length: Academic papers should be no more than 8000 words, including footnotes. Policy briefs may be shorter, around 2000 words.

  • Structure: Headings and subheadings are encouraged.

  • Style: Academic or policy oriented, but accessible to the non-specialist reader and carefully grounded in scholarly literature where appropriate.

  • References: Sequentially numbered footnotes. The series uses Chicago style, it would therefore be preferable if authors used this format; there is no need to provide a separate bibliography.

  • Review: Papers will be reviewed by two members of the LSE Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series editorial board.

  • Publication: Papers will be published in PDF on the LSE Women, Peace and Security website and LSE Research Online, with a limited print run.

  • Public engagement: Authors are encouraged to write a post (750-1200 words) for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security blog to introduce their paper to a wider audience.

Submissions should be sent by email only to

Submissions must be in a Word document (not PDF), including the title, the names of the author(s), email address for correspondence, and the month and year of submission.

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Performing Anti-Trafficking: Human Rights, the Security Council and the Disconnect with the WPS Agenda
Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana (20/2019)


The Known Knowns and Known Unknowns In Data on Women, Peace and Security
Robert Ulrich Nagel (19/2019)

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Gender and Transformative Justice in Sri Lanka
Bhavani Fonseka and Ellen Schulz (18/2018)

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Engaging with the Gender, Peace and Security Agenda in Research and Activism in Lebanon
Elizabeth Laruni, Charbel Maydaa and Henri Myrttinen (17/2018)

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Engendering Extremism: Women Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Mossarat Qadeem (16/2018)



Encountering Metis in the Security Council
Sam Cook (15/2018)




Abortion and Reproductive Rights in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Claire Pierson and Jennifer Thomson (14/2018)


Resilience Policy and Internally Displaced Women in Iraq: an unintentionally flawed approach
Zeynep N Kaya (13/2018)

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International Human Rights, Criminal Law and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Christine Chinkin (12/2018)

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Engaging men and boys in the Women, Peace and Security agenda: beyond the 'good men' industry
David Duriesmith (11/2017)

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Afghanistan's National Action Plan: 'A wish list of many dreams'
Wazhma Frogh (10/2017)

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WPS, CRSV and sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations: Making sense of the missing links
Jasmine-Kim Westendorf (9/2017)

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Why does armed conflict recur, and what has gender go to do with it?
Judy El-Bushra (8/2017)

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Making violent women visible in the WPS agenda
Alexis Leanna Henshaw (7/2017)

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The WPS agenda and the 'Refugee Crisis': Missing connections and missed opportunities in Europe
Aiko Holvikivi and Audrey Reeves (6/2017)

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Transitional justice and WPS: A critical reading of the EU Framework 
Maria Martin de Almagro (5/2017)

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1325 – is that a taxi number? Implementation of the National Action Plan on 1325 and 1820 in Nepal 
Punam Yadav (4/2017)

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"You want freedom? This is your freedom": Rape as a tactic of the Assad regime 
Marie Forestier (3/2017)

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Sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the WPS project 
Jamie J Hagen (2/2016)

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Women, Peace and Security: A critical analysis of the Security Council's vision
Dianne Otto (1/2016)

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