Global Development Week: Graduate Seminar - Research Tools in Peacebuilding and Development

When:22 Sep 2017, 2pm - 4pm
Venue:221/223, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Sydney
Who:UNSW School of Social Sciences’ Globalisation & Governance Research Network
Global Development Week

Following on from the success of our 2016 Global Development Week, the School of Social SciencesGlobalisation & Governance Research Network is hosting a Global Development Week @ UNSW on the theme of Peacebuilding and Development.

The week-long event will showcase existing expertise in Peacebuilding and Development at UNSW and in the greater Sydney community, as well as highlighting our collaboration with existing stakeholders working on peace in Sydney.



Chair: Dr Tanya Jakimow, UNSW

  • Dr Nick Apoifis, UNSW Sydney – Militant ethnography in Athens
Sarah Phillips

Dr Sarah Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney (Australia) and a Research Associate at the Developmental Leadership Program (The University of Birmingham, UK). Her research examines security, development, and the norms of statehood from various non-Western perspectives, and the way that these perspectives interact with the norms of international state-building interventions. She is the author of two books about Yemeni politics and has been published widely in top-tiered academic journals, including Foreign Affairs, African Affairs, and International Affairs. Her piece in African Affairs was recently awarded the Stephen Ellis Prize for the most innovative article in 2014-15. She has also been awarded several prestigious competitive grants, including two from the Australian Research Council. Sarah has conducted extensive fieldwork (approximately five years total) in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa – particularly in Yemen, Somaliland, Kenya, Jordan, Pakistan, and Oman – and has consulted to numerous governments and development agencies on matters pertaining to these areas.

Susanne Schmeidl

Dr Susanne Schmeidl is Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is scholar-practitioner with twenty years of work experience at the intersection of peace, security and development with think tanks, non-government organizations, inter-governmental organizations the UN and donor governments. She has researched and worked on Afghanistan since 2000 and co-founded two local grass-roots organizations (The Afghan Civil Society Forum and The Liaison Office) and also helped establish the Salah Peace Consortium. She co-designed the Conflict Early Warning Mechanism (CEWARN) for the Inter-Governmental organization for Development (IGAD) in the Horn of Africa, the FAST Early Warning system for SwissPeace, an organization she worked with for nine years, and helped establish the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER) while working with Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Canada.

Susanne is trained Social Worker, Sociologist and Fulbright Scholar. Her inter-disciplinary research has focussed on three core areas—1) forced migration and refugees (incl. protection issues), 2) context/conflict-sensitive, participatory and inclusive development practice, 3) early warning, conflict prevention and civilian peacebuilding (incl. human security)—with a cross-cutting focus on gender and civil society. Her mix of policy and academic publications are in the areas of Afghanistan, forced migration, early warning/conflict prevention and critical peace studies. She is currently working on a book project with an Afghan colleague on how communities negotiate life in Taliban-controlled or contested areas in Afghanistan.

Laura J Shepherd

Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. 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 popular culture.

This event is co-sponsored by Sydney Peace Foundation, Peacifica and UNSW Institute for Global Development.