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Policy Brief Series

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security Policy Brief Series presents policy analysis and recommendations arising from academic research and practice in the global field of women, peace and security. The series is produced with the generous support of Dr Nina Ansary.

How to submit

  • Content: the policy brief should address a contemporary issue in gender, peace and security and offer recommendations for policy change to non-academic audiences such as civil society, International Organisations, national governments, etc.
  • Length: 2,000 - 5,000 words, including executive summary and any footnotes.
  • Structure: The brief should include an executive summary and a concluding summary. We strongly encourage a set of policy recommendations. Images, diagrams and tables can be used where necessary. Headings and sub-headings are encouraged.
  • Style: Must be written in a style that is accessible to an informed non-academic readership, as well as policy-makers and specialists, to maximise impact.
  • References: Referencing should only be used when needed, with emphasis placed on suggested further reading or sources at the end of the brief. Where citing is used the references should be added into the document as endnotes and without a separate bibliography. All references should be given according to Chicago style.
  • Review: Policy briefs authored by colleagues from the Gender, Justice and Security Hub will be edited by the Hub Impact Manager, Dr Evelyn Pauls. Briefs arising from other Centre staff and affiliates, or external contributors, will be edited by Dr Sarah Smith
  • Publication: Policy briefs will be published on the Centre for Women, Peace and Security website and LSE Research Online. There may be a limited print run, depending on funding and assessment of need. Briefs arising from affiliated projects, such as the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub, will be published on the relevant project site.
  • Public engagement: Authors are encouraged to write a short blog post (750 – 1000 words) to introduce their brief to a wider audience.

Submissions should be sent by email only to the Communications Manager, Nicky Armstrong at

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.

Please read the full policy brief guide here for further details




The Future of the UK’s Women, Peace and Security Policy

Paul Kirby, Hannah Wright and Aisling Swaine (07/2022)

This briefing evaluates the UK’s contribution to the Women, Peace and Security agenda over the last fifteen years. Addressing strengths and limitations, it analyses successive thematic priorities, maps WPS spending, and considers common criticism. It draws out recommendations for future plans on infrastructure and monitoring, domestic applications and policy ambition.

Image credit: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


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Criminalising the sex buyer: experiences from the Nordic Region 

Niina Vuolajärvi (06/2022)

This brief examines the effects of criminalisation of sex buying on sex workers and people in the sex trade, especially on their vulnerability to violence and exploitation. Because in the Nordic region, as in many other countries, many of the people in the sex trade are migrants, this brief also examines how the policing of commercial sex under the ‘Nordic model’ intersects with immigration policies and their enforcement.   

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An inclusive and sustainable approach to relief and recovery

Our Generation for Inclusive Peace (OGIP) (05/2022)

This policy brief provides tangible recommendations
to power holders, including multilateral organisations, governments and INGOs, with the goal of generating radically transformative and truly inclusive policy interventions to ensure that relief and recovery is meaningful, just and sustainable. 

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Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding

An Jacobs and Katerina Krulisova (04/2021)

This brief outlines the key challenges to the operational implementation of gender mainstreaming in operational contexts through interviews with peacebuilders deployed to EU and UN missions in Mali, the Central African Republic, Niger, Kosovo, and Georgia and makes policy recommendations to help overcome these obstacles for successful implementation.

Image credit: UN Women (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Defending the Future 130 x 130

Defending the Future: Gender, Conflict and Environmental Peace

Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Keina Yoshida, Hannah Bond (03/2021)

The year 2021 marks the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) which is set to take place in Glasgow in November. This brief centres women and girls’ lived realities of climate change to call for transformative change for a greener, safer and more equal world.


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Women Human Rights Defenders: Left behind in the women, peace and security agenda

Amy Dwyer (02/2020)

Twenty years on from the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, and 10 resolutions later, woman human rights defenders (WHRDs) continue to face gendered obstacles in their work. This policy brief outlines how the UN Security Council, states and donors can deliver on their commitments to protect WHRDs more effectively.


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Multiple Deployments, Cross-Border War-Women and Implications for Building Stronger Military Institutions 

Grace Akello (01/2020)

Frequent deployment of Ugandan military personnel simultaneously contributes to improved security in the immediate sense in some countries, but when protracted, deployments can have complex social, economic and psychological impacts. This brief explores these impacts and makes recommendations to mitigate these protracted challenges.