Professor Laura J. Shepherd

FHEA (UK)

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Laura J. Shepherd is a Professor of International Relations at Sydney University. Laura is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK.

Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda. She has written extensively on the formulation of UNSCR1325 and subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions. Laura is particularly interested in poststructural accounts of gender and security; much of her work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical frameworks. She also has strong interests in pedagogy and and popular culture.

Research interests

Gender politics, international relations, peace and security.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Pleasures of War Jacqueline DENT

Current projects

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism through Women, Peace and Security
This research advances knowledge about efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism (CT/CVE) and the UN’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, investigating how these two sets of practices are being brought into alignment at the UN level and in the three country case studies of Australia, the UK, and Sweden. ARC FT170100037 (2018-2021).

Women, Peace and Security: Rethinking Policy, Advocacy and Implementation
This research applies discourse-theoretical analysis to the formation of the WPS policy architecture, mapping feminist advocacy around the WPS agenda, and analysing the implementation of the WPS agenda at the national level. ARC DP160100212 (2016-2018).

Areas of Postgraduate Research Supervision:Critical and/or feminist perspective in the fields of security studies and international relations, the United Nations system, peacebuilding and the politics of popular culture.

Awards and honours

  • Member, British International Studies Association (UK)
  • Member, International Studies Association (USA)

In the media

No Longer a Man’s Game? The Rise of Women in Parliament’, expert contribution for The Wire, 16 March 2018.

Civil society participation in WPS governance in Australia’, opinion piece for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s online publication The Strategist, 16 March 2018.

Gender parity at the UN: Promises to keep’, opinion piece for the Lowy Institute’s online publication The Interpreter, 8 March 2018.

How (Not) to Make WPS Count’, co-authored blogpost for the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, 24 January 2018.

In defence of the apparently indefensible…’, blog post for The Disorder of Things, 7 April 2017.

The role of the WPS agenda in countering violent extremism’, opinion piece for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s online publication The Strategist, 8 March 2017. Republished in a Strategic Insights paper titled ‘Women, Peace and Security: The Way Forward’.

Reviving the global gagrule is a “Women, Peace and Security” issue’, blog post for the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, 1 March 2017.

Promises to Keep: Reflections from the 2016 UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security’, blog post for the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, 8 November 2016.

'A measured response to criticisms of the LSE's new appointments', blogpost for The Disorder of Things, 27 May 2016 (viewed ~3730 times in 24 hours and remaining most-viewed post in the history of the site).

International Affairs 92(2): Women, Peace and Security’, podcast for Chatham House Institute of International Affairs, 11 March 2016.

Selected grants

2018

  • Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Through Women Peace and Security; Shepherd L, Shepherd L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2016

  • Women, Peace and Security: Rethinking Policy, Advocacy and Implementation; Shepherd L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Gender, peacebuilding and the politics of space: a critical examination of United Nations peacebuilding practices; Shepherd L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Gender, UN Peacebuilding and the Politics of Space: Locating Legitimacy. New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2012). Gender, Violence and Popular Culture: Telling Stories. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2008). Gender, Violence and Security. London: Zed Books Ltd.

Edited Books

  • Gentry, C., Shepherd, L., Sjoberg, L. (2018). Routledge Handbook on Gender and Security. London and New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Building Peace: Feminist Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L., Hamilton, C. (2016). Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). Gender Matters in Global Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Critical approaches to security: An introduction to theories and methods. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis Inc. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Shepherd, L. (2018). Militarisation. In Roland Bleiker (Eds.), Visual Global Politics, (pp. 209-214). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). The Women, Peace and Security Agenda at the United Nations. In Anthony Burke and Rita Parker (Eds.), Global Insecurity: Futures of Global Chaos and Governance, (pp. 139-158). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Authors and Authenticity: Knowledge, Representation and Research in Contemporary World Politics. In Laura J. Shepherd, & Caitlin Hamilton (Eds.), Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age, (pp. 32-47). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Feminist Security Studies. In Jill Steans and Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (Eds.), Handbook of Gender in World Politics, (pp. 263-270). Chelthenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Feminist theory/gender studies. In Xavier Guillaume, Pinar Bilgin (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology, (pp. 17-25). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., Hamilton, C. (2016). Gender and Peacebuilding. In S Sharoni, J Welland, L Steiner, J Pedersen (Eds.), Handbook on Gender and War. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). Peacebuilding. In Laura J. Shepherd (Eds.), Gender Matters in Global Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2014). The Road to (and from) 'Recovery': A Multidisciplinary Feminist Approach to Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding. In Gina Heathcote and Dianne Otto (Eds.), Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security, (pp. 99-117). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Feminist security studies. In Laura J. Shepherd (Eds.), Critical approaches to security: An introduction to theories and methods, (pp. 11-23). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis Inc. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Gender and global social justice: Peacebuilding and the politics of participation. In H. Widdows and N.J Smith (Eds.), Global Social Justice, (pp. 128-137). London, UK: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Introduction: Critical approaches to security in contemporary global politics. In Laura J. Shepherd (Eds.), Critical approaches to security: An introduction to theories and methods, (pp. 1-8). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis Inc. [More Information]
  • Rowley, C., Shepherd, L. (2012). Contemporary politics: Using the 'F' word and teaching gender in international relations. Teaching Politics and International Relations, (pp. 146-161). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan UK. [More Information]

Journals

  • Basu, S., Shepherd, L. (2018). Prevention in pieces: representing conflict in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Global Affairs. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Aesthetics, ethics, and visual research in the digital age: 'Undone in the face of the otter'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45(2), 214-222. [More Information]
  • Clapton, W., Shepherd, L. (2017). Lessons from Westeros: Gender and power in Game of Thrones. Politics, 37(1), 5-18. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Review of Joy and International Relations: A New Methodology, by Elina Penttinen. Feminist Review, (115).
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Review of Queer International Relations: Sovereignty, Sexuality and the Will to Knowledge, by Cynthia Weber. International Affairs, 93(1).
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Whose international is it anyway? Women's peace activists as international relations theorists. International Relations, 31(1), 76-80. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Making war safe for women? National Action Plans and the militarisation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. International Political Science Review, 37(3), 324-335. [More Information]
  • Kirby, P., Shepherd, L. (2016). Reintroducing women, peace and security. International Affairs, 92(2), 249-254. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Research as Gendered Intervention: Feminist Research Ethics and the Self in the Research Encounter. Critica Contemporanea: Revista de Teoria Politica, 6, 1-15.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Review of Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations, by Lauren Wilcox. Politics and Gender, 12(3).
  • Kirby, P., Shepherd, L. (2016). The futures past of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. International Affairs, 92(2), 373-392. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Victims of Violence or Agents of Change? Representations of Women in UN Peacebuilding Discourse. Peacebuilding, 4(2), 121-135. [More Information]
  • George, N., Shepherd, L. (2016). Women, Peace and Security: Exploring the implementation and integration of UNSCR 1325. International Political Science Review, 37(3), 297-306. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). 'Ideas/matter: Conceptualising foreign policy practice', published as part of a symposium on Strategic Narratives: Communication, Power, and the New World Order. Critical Studies on Security, 3(3), 334-337. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). Constructing civil society: Gender, power and legitimacy in United Nations peacebuilding discourse. European Journal of International Relations, 21(4), 887-910. [More Information]
  • Hamilton, C., Shepherd, L. (2015). The construction of gender-sensitive peacebuilding in Australia: 'Advance Australia Fair'. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69(4), 373-393. [More Information]
  • Maddison, S., Shepherd, L. (2014). Peacebuilding and the postcolonial politics of transitional justice. Peacebuilding, 2(3), 253-269. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., True, J. (2014). The Women, Peace and Security agenda and Australian leadership in the world: from rhetoric to commitment? Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68(3), 257-284. [More Information]
  • Grey, R., Shepherd, L. (2013). "Stop Rape Now?": Masculinity, Responsibility, and Conflict-related Sexual Violence. Men and Masculinities, 16(1), 115-135. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). The State of Feminist Security Studies: Continuing the Conversation. International Studies Perspectives, 14(4), 436-439. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., Sjoberg, L. (2012). Trans- bodies in/of war(s): Cisprivilege and contemporary security strategy. Feminist Review, 101(1), 5-23. [More Information]

Edited Journals

  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Building Peace: Feminist Perspectives. Peacebuilding, 4(2).
  • George, N., Shepherd, L. (2016). Women, Peace and Security in Regional, National, and Local Contexts: Exploring the Implementation and Integration Of UNSCR 1325. International Political Science Review, 37(4).
  • Shepherd, L., Kirby, P. (2016). Women, Peace and Security: Reflecting on the Past, Assessing the Present, Setting an Agenda for the Next Decade. International Affairs, 92(2).
  • Shepherd, L., True, J. (2014). Australia on the UN Security Council: Progressing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68(3).

Conferences

  • Shepherd, L. (2017). New Wine in New Bottles: The Changing Architecture of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. International Studies Association 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore: International Studies Association (ISA).

Other

  • Shepherd, L. (2016), Interview with Laura J. Shepherd, by Elizabeth Dauphinee, published in Journal of Narrative Politics, 2(2).

2018

  • Shepherd, L. (2018). Militarisation. In Roland Bleiker (Eds.), Visual Global Politics, (pp. 209-214). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Basu, S., Shepherd, L. (2018). Prevention in pieces: representing conflict in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Global Affairs. [More Information]
  • Gentry, C., Shepherd, L., Sjoberg, L. (2018). Routledge Handbook on Gender and Security. London and New York: Routledge. [More Information]

2017

  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Aesthetics, ethics, and visual research in the digital age: 'Undone in the face of the otter'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45(2), 214-222. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Building Peace: Feminist Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Gender, UN Peacebuilding and the Politics of Space: Locating Legitimacy. New York: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Clapton, W., Shepherd, L. (2017). Lessons from Westeros: Gender and power in Game of Thrones. Politics, 37(1), 5-18. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). New Wine in New Bottles: The Changing Architecture of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. International Studies Association 58th Annual Convention, Baltimore: International Studies Association (ISA).
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Review of Joy and International Relations: A New Methodology, by Elina Penttinen. Feminist Review, (115).
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Review of Queer International Relations: Sovereignty, Sexuality and the Will to Knowledge, by Cynthia Weber. International Affairs, 93(1).
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). The Women, Peace and Security Agenda at the United Nations. In Anthony Burke and Rita Parker (Eds.), Global Insecurity: Futures of Global Chaos and Governance, (pp. 139-158). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2017). Whose international is it anyway? Women's peace activists as international relations theorists. International Relations, 31(1), 76-80. [More Information]

2016

  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Authors and Authenticity: Knowledge, Representation and Research in Contemporary World Politics. In Laura J. Shepherd, & Caitlin Hamilton (Eds.), Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age, (pp. 32-47). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Building Peace: Feminist Perspectives. Peacebuilding, 4(2).
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Feminist Security Studies. In Jill Steans and Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (Eds.), Handbook of Gender in World Politics, (pp. 263-270). Chelthenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Feminist theory/gender studies. In Xavier Guillaume, Pinar Bilgin (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology, (pp. 17-25). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., Hamilton, C. (2016). Gender and Peacebuilding. In S Sharoni, J Welland, L Steiner, J Pedersen (Eds.), Handbook on Gender and War. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016), Interview with Laura J. Shepherd, by Elizabeth Dauphinee, published in Journal of Narrative Politics, 2(2).
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Making war safe for women? National Action Plans and the militarisation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. International Political Science Review, 37(3), 324-335. [More Information]
  • Kirby, P., Shepherd, L. (2016). Reintroducing women, peace and security. International Affairs, 92(2), 249-254. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Research as Gendered Intervention: Feminist Research Ethics and the Self in the Research Encounter. Critica Contemporanea: Revista de Teoria Politica, 6, 1-15.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Review of Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations, by Lauren Wilcox. Politics and Gender, 12(3).
  • Kirby, P., Shepherd, L. (2016). The futures past of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. International Affairs, 92(2), 373-392. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., Hamilton, C. (2016). Understanding Popular Culture and World Politics in the Digital Age. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2016). Victims of Violence or Agents of Change? Representations of Women in UN Peacebuilding Discourse. Peacebuilding, 4(2), 121-135. [More Information]
  • George, N., Shepherd, L. (2016). Women, Peace and Security in Regional, National, and Local Contexts: Exploring the Implementation and Integration Of UNSCR 1325. International Political Science Review, 37(4).
  • George, N., Shepherd, L. (2016). Women, Peace and Security: Exploring the implementation and integration of UNSCR 1325. International Political Science Review, 37(3), 297-306. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., Kirby, P. (2016). Women, Peace and Security: Reflecting on the Past, Assessing the Present, Setting an Agenda for the Next Decade. International Affairs, 92(2).

2015

  • Shepherd, L. (2015). 'Ideas/matter: Conceptualising foreign policy practice', published as part of a symposium on Strategic Narratives: Communication, Power, and the New World Order. Critical Studies on Security, 3(3), 334-337. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). Constructing civil society: Gender, power and legitimacy in United Nations peacebuilding discourse. European Journal of International Relations, 21(4), 887-910. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). Gender Matters in Global Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Shepherd, L. (2015). Peacebuilding. In Laura J. Shepherd (Eds.), Gender Matters in Global Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Hamilton, C., Shepherd, L. (2015). The construction of gender-sensitive peacebuilding in Australia: 'Advance Australia Fair'. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69(4), 373-393. [More Information]

2014

  • Shepherd, L., True, J. (2014). Australia on the UN Security Council: Progressing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68(3).
  • Maddison, S., Shepherd, L. (2014). Peacebuilding and the postcolonial politics of transitional justice. Peacebuilding, 2(3), 253-269. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2014). The Road to (and from) 'Recovery': A Multidisciplinary Feminist Approach to Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding. In Gina Heathcote and Dianne Otto (Eds.), Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security, (pp. 99-117). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shepherd, L., True, J. (2014). The Women, Peace and Security agenda and Australian leadership in the world: from rhetoric to commitment? Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68(3), 257-284. [More Information]

2013

  • Grey, R., Shepherd, L. (2013). "Stop Rape Now?": Masculinity, Responsibility, and Conflict-related Sexual Violence. Men and Masculinities, 16(1), 115-135. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Critical approaches to security: An introduction to theories and methods. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis Inc. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Feminist security studies. In Laura J. Shepherd (Eds.), Critical approaches to security: An introduction to theories and methods, (pp. 11-23). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis Inc. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Gender and global social justice: Peacebuilding and the politics of participation. In H. Widdows and N.J Smith (Eds.), Global Social Justice, (pp. 128-137). London, UK: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). Introduction: Critical approaches to security in contemporary global politics. In Laura J. Shepherd (Eds.), Critical approaches to security: An introduction to theories and methods, (pp. 1-8). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Taylor and Francis Inc. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2013). The State of Feminist Security Studies: Continuing the Conversation. International Studies Perspectives, 14(4), 436-439. [More Information]

2012

  • Rowley, C., Shepherd, L. (2012). Contemporary politics: Using the 'F' word and teaching gender in international relations. Teaching Politics and International Relations, (pp. 146-161). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan UK. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L. (2012). Gender, Violence and Popular Culture: Telling Stories. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, L., Sjoberg, L. (2012). Trans- bodies in/of war(s): Cisprivilege and contemporary security strategy. Feminist Review, 101(1), 5-23. [More Information]

2008

  • Shepherd, L. (2008). Gender, Violence and Security. London: Zed Books Ltd.

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