I am a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW Australia, researching conceptualisations of women’s empowerment and security following violent internal conflict. My work traverses the disciplinary areas of International Relations, Development and Governance Studies. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Honours) from University College Maastricht (The Netherlands) and a Master Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales. My current research is particularly interested in the relationship between the concepts of gender equality, women’s empowerment and security in the context of Colombia’s internal conflict. It aims to provide an analysis of changing peacebuilding processes across time but also to examine the implications of the concepts’ integration into United Nations’ discourse, particularly within the Women, Peace and Security agenda. During January-July 2018 I conducted the field research component in Colombia, which aims to contribute to the overall understanding of the peacebuilding process and to provide a comparative context for future research.
Alba Boer Cueva
PhD Candidate and Tutor in International Relations