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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