My PhD research explores why peacekeeper-perpetrated sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) happens during peacekeeping operations, despite a strong and decisive response from the United Nations. The project uses a feminist lens to identify driving norms, practices, and structures which help to create environments in which SEA committed by peacekeepers may persist. I will be creating a holistic socioecological framework as a tool to map out and synthesise the interconnected drivers as they exist across peacekeeping operations.
I began my PhD at the University of Leeds in October 2022. Previously, I studied at the University of Sheffield, where I obtained a BA (with Honours) in History (2019) and an MA (with Distinction) in Politics and International Relations (2020). During my MA, I specialised in feminist security studies with my thesis focusing on genocidal rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-95) and subsequent security measures enacted by the United Nations.
My research is self-funded through my part-time work as a research assistant for the Gender Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London.
I am currently a postgraduate researcher representative for POLIS and the Security, Conflict and Justice Pathway representative for the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.
My research interests related to my PhD project are:
- Peacekeeper Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
- Feminist IR & Feminist Security Studies
- Gender at the United Nations
- MA Politics and International Relations
- BA (Hons) History
Research groups and institutes
- European Centre for Responsibility to Protect
- Centre for Global Security Challenges