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Biography

Dr. Alexandra Phelan is Deputy Director of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre (Monash GPS), and a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University. 
 
Alex completed her PhD in 2019, which examined why the Colombian government alternated between counterinsurgency and negotiation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Based on an extensive examination of negotiation documents and primary FARC material, fieldwork and interviews with former and active FARC, ELN, M-19 and AUC members, she critically examined the role that insurgent legitimation activities had on influencing Colombian government response between 1982-2016. Before she was appointed a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Monash GPS. She was also a visiting scholar at Georgetown University's Centre for Security Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service (2019). 
 
Alex's research at GPS focuses on gendered approaches to understanding terrorism and violent extremism. Her research interests include insurgent governance and legitimation activities, insurgent women, political violence and organised crime with particular focus on Latin America. She has published on insurgent legitimation strategies, the Colombian conflict, and women in terrorism. She has a forthcoming edited book Terrorism, Gender and Women: Toward an Integrated Research Agenda (Routledge, 2021). She currently serves on the editorial board for the journal, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Research area keywords

  • Terrorism
  • Conflict
  • Latin American Politics
  • Latin American Studies
  • Security Studies
  • Insurgency
  • gender analysis
  • gender
  • women, peace and security agenda
  • Organised crime

Research Output

Special Issue Introduction for Terrorism, Gender and Women: Toward an Integrated Research Agenda

Phelan, A., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Engaging Insurgency: The Impact of the 2016 Colombian Peace Agreement on FARC's Political Participation

Phelan, A., 2019, In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 42, 9, p. 836-852 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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2 Citations (Scopus)

FARC's Pursuit of 'Taking Power': Insurgent Social Contracts, the Drug Trade and Appeals to Eudaemonic Legitimation

Phelan, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

2019 Young Women To Watch In International Affairs

Phelan, Alexandra (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Postgraduate Publication Award

Phelan, Alexandra (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Postgraduate Publication Prize

Phelan, Alexandra (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (Journal)

Alexandra Phelan (Editorial board member)

2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

COVID-19 and violent extremist groups: adapting to an evolving crisis

Alexandra Phelan, Nuri Widiastuti Veronika, Helen Stenger & Irine Hiraswari Gayatri

28/04/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Growing Threats of Violent Extremism: The Urgency for a Gender-Based Response

Alexandra Phelan, Melissa Johnston & Jacqui True

8/03/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

The Venezuelan Crisis matters and there is much we can do

Alexandra Phelan & Raul Sanchez Urribarri

2/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Human Rights Leaders Assassinated in Colombia

Alexandra Phelan

17/04/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment