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Gender, Justice and Security


The UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub is a five year project working at the overlap of Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality, Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

"This platform will enable me to bring narratives and perspectives from Uganda to be part of this global conversation on gender equality, justice and security."

Dr Josephine Ahikire, Makerere University

“The Hub provides an amazing opportunity to work with our partners overseas to explore, through research and exchanges, the potential of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda to help deliver on the global challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.” 
Professor Christine Chinkin, LSE

Conflict and gender-based violence have devastating, long-term consequences on individuals, families and communities. They also severely hamper the successful delivery of development goals internationally. This Hub seeks to advance sustainable peace by developing an evidence-base around gender, justice and inclusive security in conflict-affected societies. Working with international partners, it will expand research capacity and interdisciplinary research and connect with leading ambassadors for gender justice to translate insights into ongoing actions that improve lives.

The Hub is led by Professor Christine Chinkin in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE, working with partners around the world and focussing on seven core sites: Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

Find out more at www.thegenderhub.com

Research Streams 

Hub research is organised in four thematic streams and two cross-cutting streams, led by Co-Directors in eight Lead Research Partner Organisations.

Partner Organisations

The Hub is a coalition of partners including major research institutions in the UK and Northern Ireland and researchers and advocates across the global south.

Lead Institutional Partners include: University of Ulster (Northern Ireland, UK); Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia); Makerere University (Uganda); University of Colombo (Sri Lanka); Middlesex University, (UK); the American University of Iraq Sulaimani (Iraq); London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine (UK); University of Sydney (Australia).

Project Partners include: Amani Institute (Uganda); De Justicia (Colombia); the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Sri Lanka); MOSAIC - Mena (Lebanon) and Paiman Trust (Pakistan).


The Hub is supported by management teams at each regional centre and at LSE, and overseen by an Advisory Board made up of internationally-recognised experts and advocates for gender justice. The Hub will also benefit from the engagement of an outstanding group of practitioners, researchers and policy makers who will champion its research. Read more information on the Hub management teams. 

Management, Impact, Communication and Administration Team 

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Gloria Acayo - Regional Hub Manager,  Makerere University


Michelle Callander - International Partnerships and Strategy Manager  


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Luisa Fernanda Salazar Escalante - Regional Coordinator, Universidad de los Andes

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Sarah Smith - Chief Operating Officer  

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Dancan Muhanguzi - Hub Regional Manager, Makerere University

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Evelyn Pauls - Impact Manager 


Julia Xavier-Stier - Central Support Officer 

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María Gabriela Vargas Parada - Regional Administrator, Universidad de los Andes

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Rasti Ranj - Hub Regional Manager, American University of Iraq Sulaimani 

Advisory Board 


Erik Berglof is Director of the Institute of Global Affairs, LSE. Previously he was the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). 


Hannah Bond is Director of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS). Hannah has worked with CSOs and government in the UK and Global South.

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Andrea Cornwall (chair) is Pro-Director (Research and Enterprise) at SOAS, University of London.  She is a political anthropologist who specialises in the anthropology of democracy, citizen participation, participatory research, gender and sexuality.


Fiifi Edu-Afful is a Senior Research Fellow and the Deputy Program Head of the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).

Erika Rodríguez Gómez

Erica Rodriguez Gomez is the Gender and Vulnerable Populations Expert in the Human Rights Program of the United States Agency for International Development in Colombia.

Roshmi Goswami

Roshmi Goswami is a feminist and human rights activist known for her pioneering work on women in armed conflict situations documenting and analysing the impact of war and conflict on the lives of women in the conflict affected regions of India.

Nesiah Vasuki

Vasuki Nesiah is a legal scholar with a focus on public international law and currently Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Her main areas of research include the law and politics of international human rights and humanitarianism and transitional justice.


Rebecca Newell is Head of Art at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) where she works on all aspects related to the care, display and interpretation of the IWM preeminent art collection, identifying new opportunities for collecting and working with artists.

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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. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor in Practice in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE.

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Tahrat Shahid has over a decade of international development and policy research experience in a variety of contexts. Her research interests include gender, agricultural development and food security, and the politics of religion.

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Inger Skjelsbæk is Research Professor in political psychology at the Centre for Gender, Peace and Security, Peace Research Institute and Associate Professor in culture and community psychology at the Department of Psychology and Centre for Research on Extremism. 


Rainatou Sow is the founder and executive director of Make Every Woman Count, an African woman-led organisation which serves as an information, advocacy and training platform for women and young people.

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Sally Theobald is Principal Investigator of the UKRI GCRF Accountability for Informal Urban Equity Hub and professor in Social Science and International Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Balemba Zahinda

Innocent Balemba Zahinda is currently the Director of the United Nations Team of Experts on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict in New York, established by UN Security Council Resolution 1888 and composed of Experts from UNDP, UN DPKO and UN OHCHR. 

Zuriel Salome

Salome Zuriel is the Conflict Advisor at the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) in Kenya. With some 18 years of experience, Salome has worked at the local, national and pan-African levels in research, policy, programme design, delivery and managerial roles. 

Executive Group 


Josephine Ahikire is a Professor and the former Dean of the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University. She is a Co-Director on the Livelihoods, Land & Rights Stream.

Kirsten Ainley

Kirsten Ainley is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the Deputy Principal Investigator, a Co-Director on the Law and Policy Frameworks stream and part of the Hub's Management Group.

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Kopalapillai Amirthalingam is a Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a Co-Director on the Migration and Displacement Stream.

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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. Christine is the Principal Investigator, a Co-Director of Law & Policy Frameworks stream and part of the Hub's Management Group.

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Neloufer de Mel is the Chair Professor of English at the Dept. of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is a Co-Investigator on the Transformation and Empowerment and the Methodological Innovation streams. 

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Sarah Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub, with overall responsibility for the effective delivery of professional services. She manages the Management, Impact, Communications and Administration function in the Hub.  

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Choman Hardi is the founder of the Center for Gender and Development Studies at American University of Iraq Sulaimani. Choman is a Co-Director on the Masculinities & Sexualities Stream.


Mazeda Hossain is a social epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She conducts community-based and health systems research in conflict-affected and fragile settings. Mazeda is a Co-Director on the  Methodological Innovation Stream.

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Paul Kirby is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow with the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Paul is part of the Hub's Management Group and a Co-Director on the Masculinities and Sexualities Stream.


Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship and Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Affairs, LSE. She is a Co-Director on the Migration and Displacement Stream.

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Nelson Camilo Sanchez Leon is Director of the Transitional Justice line at Dejusticia and as associate professor of law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. He is a Co-Director on the Land, Livelihood and Rights Stream.

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Angelika Rettberg is a full professor at the Political Science Department at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá Colombia, where she leads the Research Program on Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding. She is a Co-Director on the Transformation and Empowerment Stream.

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Laura J. Shepherd is the Professor of International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda. She is a Co-Director on the Methodological Innovation Stream.

This Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)  through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - which is a key component in delivering the UK AID strategy and puts UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information about UKRI and the GCRF Hubs, visit: www.ukri.org








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