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Kirsten Ainley


Dr Kirsten Ainley - Associate Professor 

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Dr Louise Arimatsu - Distinguished Policy Fellow


Dr Michelle Callander - International Strategy and Partnerships Manager  


Professor Christine Chinkin

Professor Christine Chinkin CMG, FBA - Professorial Research Fellow

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Dr Giulia Ferrari - Research Fellow 

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Claire Wilmot - Research Officer 

William McInerney

Dr William McInerney, Research Officer


Dr George Byrne, Research Officer


Julia Xavier StierCentral Support Officer of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub.


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Mina Denize O'Keefe, Events and Communications Intern

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board exists to provide the Director of the Centre with an external perspective. The Board is comprised of members selected for their ability to provide the benefit of their expertise as commissioners or users of research in the field of women, peace and security.

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Dr Susan Atkins CB was the first Service Complaints Commissioner for the UK Armed Forces (2007 – 2015) and former Director of Women and Equality in the Cabinet Office.

Professor Christine Chinkin

Professor Christine Chinkin CMG FBA, is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, of which she was Founding Director from 2015-2018. Read more.



Chloe Dalton (chair) is a Director of JP.D.H London Ltd, and former Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary, 2010-2014.

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Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the British House of Lords, and a global advocate for the rights of women and children. Read more.


Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Grimes MBE is the military officer leading on the integration of Women, Peace and Security in UK Defence. Read more

Kolbassia Haoussou

Kolbassia Haoussou is the Co-founder and Coordinator of the Survivors Speak OUT network. Read more. 

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Baroness Arminka Helic is a member of the British House of Lords, and former Senior Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary, 2010-2014. 

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Dr Henri Myrttinen is Head of Gender and Peacebuilding at International Alert. Read more.

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Jane Sloane is Director of the Women’s Empowerment Program in the Asia Foundation. Read more. 


Visiting Professors in Practice

Jane Connors

Jane Connors is the United Nations advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

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William J Hague, Lord Hague, is co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).

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Angelina Jolie  DCMG is Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).

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Madeleine Rees, OBE, is a British lawyer and current Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.


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Dr Dubravka Šimonovic is United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences.

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Patricia Viseur Sellers is an international criminal lawyer and special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. 

Visiting Fellows

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Dr. Loveday Hodson-Visiting Fellow

Loveday Hodson is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Leicester. 
Her primary research interest lies in the intersection of international human rights law, gender, and sexuality. She has published widely in the area of women’s rights, as well as on conceptions of LGBT family rights in international law.

Dr Miriam Anderson - Visiting Fellow

Dr Keina Yoshida

Dr Keina Yoshida - Visiting Fellow

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Dr Jiyar Aghapouri is a postdoctoral researcher in Migration and Displacement on the Gender, Justice and Security Hub. 

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Mohbuba Choudhury is a lawyer with extensive experience in refugee law and policy. Mohbuba's research interests include international refugee law, international humanitarian law, trafficking and statelessness. 

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Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana is a Spanish human rights lawyer who specialises in human trafficking, violence against women and sexual and reproductive rights, acting as senior staff attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide.

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Jennifer Freeman is Senior Advisor for Women, Peace and Security at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) and Professor of Practice at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.

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Lisa Gormley  is an international lawyer specialising in equality for women and girls, and the obligation of States to eradicate violence against women and girls.

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Tchérina Jerolon is an international human rights law advocate and is is currently acting as an independent expert who provides advises to human rights organisations.

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Rasha Obaid directs the Economic Development and Post-War Recovery Programme at the Peace Track Initiative, a Yemeni NGO founded and staffed by a  network of Yemeni women. 


Mossarat Qadeem is the co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a non-profit organisation promoting the socio-political and economic empowerment of marginalised Pakistanis.

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Dr Daniele Rugo is an award winning filmmaker, Reader in Film at Brunel University London and currently a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po. His work focuses on conflict and sustainable peace.

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Professor Laura J. Shepherd is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of International Relations in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Dr Inger Skjelsbæk is Research Professor in Political Psychology at the Center for Gender, Peace and Security, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Associate Professor in Culture and Community Psychology at the Department of Psychology and Center for Research on Extremism, University of Oslo.

Aisling Swaine

Professor Aisling Swaine is Professor of Gender Studies in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice UCD. Aisling’s research is interdisciplinary engaging with the fields of feminist legal theory and transitional justice, gender theories of armed violence and peacebuilding, gender and international security and international affairs, feminist institutionalism and governanance. 

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Immi Tallgren is Senior Researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law (Helsinki). Her research has focused on international criminal law and international cooperation in criminal matters as well as gender history.

Activists in Residence

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security Activists in Residence are activists, local leaders and practitioners from around the world working on the front line of women’s empowerment and human rights. The AiR programme ran in 2017.


Dr Kawkab Alwadeai is a researcher and trainer focused on women's human rights, gender-based violence, dialogue and peace. She has been working in the field of women's issues since 1996, and currently serves as a Counsellor for the Women National Committee in Yemen.


Raihana Diani is a women's rights activist from Aceh, Indonesia. She has worked for more than fifteen years on democracy, women’s rights, human rights and post conflict political transformation in Aceh.


Erika Rodríguez Gómez is a feminist activist and a defender of Human Rights. For over ten years she has promoted the rights of women and children, especially to prevent sexual violence, forced recruitment and the involvement of children in the armed conflict, with an emphasis on the most deeply affected areas in Colombia. 

Associate Academics 

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Dr Marsha Henry - Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies

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Dr Aiko Holvikivi - ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Gender Studies 

Mary Kaldor

Professor Mary Kaldor - Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, Department of International Development

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Dr Zeynep Kaya - Research Fellow, Middle East Centre

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Dr Denisa KostovicovaAssociate Professor in Global Politics, Department of Government

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Dr Milli Lake - Assistant Professor of International Relations, Department of International Relations

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Dr Katharine M Millar - Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations

Past Visiting Fellows

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Dr Nina Ansary is a bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women's rights in Iran. Dr Ansary is also the inaugural Patron of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Marwa Baabbad

Marwa Baabbad is a Yemeni researcher who focuses on the security sector and the current conflict in Yemen. 

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Marie Forestier is an independent journalist and researcher with extensive experience working in Muslim countries and in conflict and post-conflict transition. Her current research focuses on sexual violence against Syrian women committed by pro-regime forces.

Dr Punam Yadav

Dr Punam Yadav is a Research Fellow in Gender and Disasters in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London.

Yolanda Foster

Yolanda Foster is an independent expert on South Asia with a special interest in Sri Lanka.



Toni Haastrup is a Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of Kent. She is interested in the gender dynamics and processes of change within regional security institutions.



Jamie J. Hagen is the James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellow with the International Studies Association for 2018-2019 as well as an affiliated scholar with the Pembroke Center at Brown University.

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Melinda Holmes is advisor and coordinator of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), spearheaded by the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) for Women’s Rights, Peace and Security. 

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Bela Kapur is an independent expert on women, peace and security. 

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Dr Paul Kerry is the honorary secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a supernumerary teaching and research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute, and a visiting fellow at Oxford’s law faculty Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.

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Helen Kezie-Nwoha is a feminist peace activist and a women human rights defender from Nigeria. She is currently the Executive Director at The Women’s International Peace Centre. 


Lois Moore qualified as an English solicitor in 1981 and practised for many years as a lawyer in Freshfields Brockhaus Derringer and Shearman & Sterling. In 2014 Lois graduated from LSE with an LLM in Human Rights Law. 

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Antonia Mulvey is the Founder and Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide (LAW). 

Neelam Raina

Dr Neelam Raina is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University whose research explores linkages between conflict, poverty, unemployment and culture and development.


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Hilary Stauffer is an international lawyer with extensive experience working on projects in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her specialties include International Law, Rule of Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Diplomacy.  She has a B.A. in International Affairs and a J.D. with a concentration in International Law. 


Carolyn J Washington is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army and PhD candidate in Global Gender Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. Her research interests focus on the integration of UNSCR 1325 within NATO militaries, particularly the prevention pillar. 



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