Newsletter Issue 29, June 2021

Welcome to the June issue of the GPS Newsletter

Members from the GPS Centre recently released their analyses on Australia’s Second National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) 2021-2031. The report contains analyses on a range of topics including women’s participation in peace processes, countering and preventing violent extremism, inclusive economies, climate change and humanitarian action. You can read the full report here.

Webinar: Women's Rights After War

On Tuesday May 11, we welcomed Dr. Marie Berry and Sinduja Raja as they discussed their recent project comparing and evaluating women's empowerment interventions that followed war in ten countries. Dr Marie Berry and Sinduja Raja explained how they have mapped new opportunities for women and sexual and gender minorities that have emerged after war by evaluating laws, policies, and the experiences of individuals side-by-side. You can watch the event recording here.

Webinar: US-Australia Indo-Pacific Conversation Series

Professor and Centre Director Jacqui True joined Professor Joan Johnson-Freese from the US Naval War College for the fourth session of the US-Australia Indo-Pacific Conversation Series hosted by Pacific Forum. The fourth session assessed where the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda stands in the Indo-Pacific, discussed the challenges to the WPS agenda’s advancement and why employing a gender lens provides critical opportunities for long-term stability. You can read the full article written prior to the webinar by Professor True and Professor Johnson-Freese here and the blog version here.

Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security

Our Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security is still accepting applications until June 30 for both domestic students (on campus or online) and international students (online) in 2021. More information about the Graduate Certificate including units and fees can be found here.

New Toolkit from WICID Methods Lab

Senior Lecturer Eleanor Gordon, in collaboration with Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) Deputy Director Dr Briony Jones have published the latest toolkit in the WICID Methods Lab Toolkit Series. The toolkit covers carers in the international development sector and is titled, “Building Success in Development and Peacebuilding by Caring for Carers: A Guide to Research, Policy, and Practice to Ensure Effective, Inclusive and Responsive Interventions”. Read the toolkit here. Read more about the toolkit series here.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

‘The violent inaction of the state and the camp as site of struggle: the perspectives of humanitarian actors in Moria Camp, Lesvos’, by Eleanor Gordon and Henrik Kjellmo Larsen in European Journal of International Security

‘The boundaries of peace: a feminist analysis of international mediation processes’, by Jenna Sapiano in Griffith Law Review


‘Stop blaming the victims of the microfinance crisis!’ by Amali Wedagedara and Nedha de Silva in The Sunday Times

‘Why a nonmilitaristic approach needed to solve Papua conflict’ by Irine Hiraswari Gayatri in The Jakarta Post

‘Quo vadis counterterrorism in Poso and the country?’ by Irine Hiraswari Gayatri in The Jakarta Post


Alexandra Phelan, “Future Forecasting: Violent Extremist Threats”, First Annual International Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET) Conference, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, 26 May, 2021.

Patricia Salas Sanchez, “Relationism and Practice Theory – appraisal and new avenues”, International Student Association Theory Section Emerging Scholars Workshop for Graduate Students, 20-21 May, 2021.

Jacqui True, “Advancing Women, Peace and Security in the Pacific”, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, 19 May, 2021.

Upcoming Events


EUCTER-Jean Monnet Network on Counter-Terrorism Virtual Conference

Date: 14-16 June

Join Dr Alexandra Phelan as she participates in the Terrorism in a Changing Landscape on the Terrorism and Resilience panel on June 15. The Virtual Conference also includes panels on Changing landscapes in the EU area of freedom, security and justice (June 14) and Hybrid Threats and Hybrid Warfare (June 16).

The Global Launch of the Caring for Carers Toolkit (Building Success in Development and Peacebuilding)

Date: 17 June

Time: 18:00-19:30 Melbourne / 09:00-10:30 London via Zoom.

The event will present the findings of a global survey of peacebuilding and development practitioners with care responsibilities; discuss the marginalisation of these practitioners from the sector and the subsequent individual, organisational and sectoral harms; and provide recommendations for organisations on how to better support their staff with care responsibilities.