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

After completing her PhD in Criminology, Eleanor spent the following 20 years working in the field of international development, specialising in security, justice and human rights issues. This experience includes 10 years in post-conflict environments in the Balkans and South Asia, working in management and advisory roles with the United Nations and other international organisations. Among other positions, she has been the Political Advisor to the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) Coordinator in the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Head of the Human Rights Coordination Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), War Crimes Advisor to the High Representative of BiH, Deputy Head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department in the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in BiH, and Head of the Zvornik Satellite Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in BiH. 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).

Eleanor is Associate Editor with Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Security Governance (an international think tank dedicated to the study of security and governance transitions in conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable environments), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and a a former Trustee of Saferworld (an independent international organization working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives) and Deployable Civilian Expert with the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit.

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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