The Team

“Towards Inclusive Peace” brings together scholars, policymakers and research students with expertise in feminist research, regional area experience, and peace and security scholarship from across Australia. We also work with in-country partners, government, and civil society stakeholders to ensure the breadth and depth of our research. Our academic team are:


Professor Jacqui True (Lead, Co-Chief Investigator)

Jacqui True, FASSA, is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. She received her PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada, an honorary doctorate from Lund University Sweden in 2018, and has held academic positions at Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Auckland as well as visiting fellowships at the Australian National University and Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her current research is focused on three areas of relevance to the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda: Understanding the political economy of violence against women, including sexual and gender-based violence in conflict in Asia Pacific; Examining the gender dimensions and women’s roles in recruitment, support for and prevention of violent extremism and; Analysing gender-sensitive peace agreements and their impact on women’s participation after conflict. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the United Nations. Her book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford, 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights, the British International Studies Association International Political Economy book prize in 2013, and the 2015 biennial Australian Political Science Association’s Carole Pateman book prize for gender and politics. She recently edited the volume Scandalous Economics: The Politics of Gender and Financial Crises (Oxford, 2016) with Aida Hozić and is co-editor with Sara Davies of The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (2018).


Ms Yasmin Chilmeran

Yasmin Chilmeran is a doctoral candidate at Monash University. Her work focuses on women’s civil society, peace processes and participation in post-conflict settings, with a focus on Iraq and the MENA region more broadly. She is one of the PhD candidates working on a larger Linkage project relating to gender provisions in peace processes and is responsible for the MENA cases within that project. Yasmin’s doctoral thesis will investigate the gender dimensions of peace in Iraq from the perspective of women’ civil society, specifically examining the way organisations navigate political participation opportunities and barriers in the face of increased violence. Her previous Masters research analysed the role of women’s civil society organisations in Jordan and the local and international gender norms affecting their work. She is also a member of the Young-Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Australia and has previously interned at Amnesty International in New Zealand and the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University.


Associate Professor Sara Davies (Co-Chief Investigator)

Sara Davies is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and Griffith Asia Institute, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Gender Peace and Security Initiative, School of Social Sciences, Monash University.

Sara’s areas of study is the Asia-Pacific, and her research interests are in human rights and global health governance, patterns of systemic sexual and gender-based violence in conflict-affected countries, and responsibility to protect principle. Sara Davies has published in Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, and International Affairs. Sara is author of Global Politics of Health (Polity) and Legitimatizing Rejection: International Refugee Law in Asia (Martinus Nijhoff), and co-author of Disease Diplomacy (Johns Hopkins University Press) with Adam Kamradt-Scott and Simon Rushton. She is co-editor, with Jacqui True, of The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Mr Elliott Dolan-Evans

Elliot Dolan-Evans is a doctoral candidate at Monash University. Elliot has an interest in the influence that international institutions have on both women’s participation during the peace process, and women’s socio-politico-economic rights in post-conflict society. His thesis examines the role that post-conflict economic restructuring, instigated by international financial and development institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, has on women’s participation in Bosnia Herzegovina, Myanmar and the Ukraine. Elliot’s thesis aims to provide a gendered analysis of the effects that economic reforms have in post-conflict society, in order to inform and better coordinate state rebuilding for the benefit of both women and men. Elliot is a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery and Bachelor of Law graduate, and volunteers to assist refugee and Indigenous women and men with legal applications, civil problems, and health checks.


Dr Nicole George (Co-Chief Investigator)

Nicole George is a Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the gendered politics of conflict and peacebuilding, violence, security and participation. Since the early 2000s, she has conducted research in the Pacific Islands region focusing on gender politics, gendered security and post conflict transition in Fiji, New Caledonia and Bougainville. She has worked in collaboration with women’s organisations and women decision-makers and policy-makers in these settings to progress this work. Nicole has recent academic publications appearing in International Journal of Feminist Politics, International Political Science Review, Australian Journal of International Affairs and Third World Thematics. Her monograph Situating Women: Gender Politics and Circumstance in Fiji was published by ANU Press in 2012.


Ms Sarah Hewitt

Sarah Hewitt is a PhD Candidate at Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. Her doctoral research focuses on women’s participation during peace processes, the inclusion of gender provisions in peace agreements, and how this affects women’s participation in post-conflict societies concentrating on Nepal and Kenya. She has published articles on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in International Feminist Journal of Politics and the Global Responsibility to Protect, as well as co-authored chapters with Professor Jacqui True on the WPS agenda in the Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (2018) and Feminist International Relations in the Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations (2018).


Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo (Co-Chief Investigator)

Katrina Lee-Koo is Associate Professor in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences. Katrina teaches and researches in the field of security studies. She looks particularly at critical security studies, and the protection and participation of civilians in conflict affected areas and peace processes (focused upon women and children).

She is currently the sole and chief investigator of an ARC Discovery Project entitled ‘Gender after Conflict’. She is also the World YWCA’s Partner Researcher (with Lesley Pruitt) on the DFAT funded project ‘Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership in the Asia Pacific.’ Her most recent book publications are: Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2015 with Kim Huynh and Bina D’Costa) and Ethics and Global Security (Routledge, 2014 with Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald).

Katrina is a member of the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective and the WPS Civil Society Coalition. She has been involved in the organisation of the Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security – a project which brings together senior members of Government and civil society to advance Australia’s implementation of Women, Peace and Security agenda. She is the co-author the second, third and fourth Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s Implementation of the National Action Plan. Katrina is associate editor of the International feminist Journal of Politics and on the editorial board for the Australian Journal of Politics and History.


Dr Alexandra Phelan

Alexandra Phelan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security Centre. Her research focuses on insurgent governance and legitimation activities, political violence and insurgent women. Her PhD dissertation examined why the Colombian government alternated between counterinsurgency and negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Based on an extensive examination of negotiation documents and primary FARC material, fieldwork and interviews with former and active FARC, ELN, M-19 and AUC members, she critically examined the role that insurgent legitimation activities had on influencing Colombian government response between 1982-2016. Alex is also currently working on the Colombian case study for the ARC Linkage Project, hosted by Monash GPS, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Mapping Gender Provisions in Peace Agreements”, which seeks to understand the role that gender provisions in peace agreements play in shaping women’s participation in conflict affected sites. She focuses on the gender provisions in the 2016 Peace Agreement with the FARC, their ongoing implementation, and their impact on women’s participation. She currently serves on the editorial board for the journal, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Previously, Alex was the Colombia and Mexico Consultant for the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Armed Conflict Database, responsible for timeline analysis and quarterly analysis of military, political and humanitarian trends. She was also a researcher at Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC) working on a project partnered with the Attorney General’s Department examining radicalisation and countering violent extremism within the Australian context.


Ms Yolanda Riveros Morales

Yolanda Riveros Morales is an Economist from Colombia. She has a Masters in Economy from Los Andes University, Colombia. Yolanda gained experience in the development and implementation of public policy through her work with the Colombian Government, particularly in the areas of gender, human rights and poverty. Some of the policy projects that Yolanda has played a key role in include the ‘Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Strategy’, the ‘Multidimensional Poverty Index (GPI-OPHI)’, and updating the Government’s social service policy to improve access for poor communities. She is currently making use of her skills in data and statistical analyses working as a research assistant on the project “Towards Inclusive Peace: Mapping Gender Provisions in Peace Agreements” in the Monash GPS Centre.


Dr Maria Tanyag

Maria Tanyag is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash GPS. Together with Jacqui True, she is lead researcher for the collaborative research with ActionAid Australia and other ActionAid country offices on developing “Gender Responsive Alternatives on Climate Change”. The project is a multi-country case study research in Cambodia, Kenya and Vanuatu. Maria recently submitted her doctoral dissertation which investigates sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in crisis settings of armed conflicts and environmental disasters from a feminist political economy perspective. She has published in Women’s Studies International Forum, Gender & Development, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Her most recent paper on “Resilience, Female Altruism, and Bodily Autonomy” was published in the Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Partner Investigators


Amy Haddad

Amy Haddad is the Principal Sector Specialist for Gender Equality in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2017 Amy returned from New York, where she represented Australia at the UN on sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian response and gender equality. In 2014 she was the Vice President of the UN Women Executive Board. She has worked extensively on gender, including on gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation and aid performance assessment, and on prevention of violence against women.


Sharon McIvor

Sharon McIvor works in a policy and program role in the Gender Equality Branch in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has worked extensively on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues within an aid and development context. Sharon holds a Masters in Anthropology and International Development with a specialisation in gender.