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Eleanor is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Development and Deputy Director of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Steering Committee. Her research and practice focus on building security and justice after conflict and inclusive approaches to peacebuilding.

Eleanor has a PhD in Criminology and has spent 25 years working in the field of conflict, security and justice, including over a decade working in UN peace operations in management and advisory roles with the UN and other international organisations. She has been War Crimes Advisor to the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Head of the BiH Human Rights Coordination Centre, Deputy Head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department in the Office of the High Representative (OHR) iin BiH, Head of the UN Refugee Agency Satellite Office in Eastern Republika Srpska covering Srebrenica, Chef de Cabinet for an EU technical mission in BiH, Political Advisor to the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) Coordinator in the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and UN Gender Mainstreaming Focal Point. Her work has included building state security and justice institutions, working with demobilized guerrilla groups, addressing war crimes and human rights violations, promoting gender equality and inclusive approaches to peacebuilding, and addressing issues related to organised crime and terrorism.

Since leaving the UN, Eleanor has worked at a number of universities, including the University of Leicester, where she developed and delivered the online MSc program in Security, Conflict and International Development (SCID) and established the SCID Panel of Experts, designed to bridge the gap between academia and practice. She has also provided consultancy services to various international organisations, NGOs, governments and universities, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank (WB), Saferworld, The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), The Asia Foundation (TAF), International Alert, the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), and the Open University (OU).

She is a Member of World Bank Group Global Influencer Barometer Panel, Expert Member of UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab, Member of RUSI’s Strategic Hub on Organised Crime research, Advisor for the Centre for Strategic and International Governance, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and, until recently, Senior Fellow of the Centre for Security Governance, Saferworld Trustee, and Deployable Civilian Expert with the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit. She is an Associate Editor with Stability: Journal of Security and Development and on the Editorial Board of ScienceRise: Juridical Science, a Ukrainian-based journal covering state formation and law-making in war/post-war contexts.

Eleanor warmly welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD candidates, particularly on subjects related to building security and justice after conflict and inclusive approaches to peacebuilding.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Peace and Conflict
  • Security Studies
  • Gender
  • Inclusion
  • Peacebuilding
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Community Security
  • Marginalisation

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