Personal profile


Eleanor is a 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 18 years working in the field of international development, specializing 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 organizations. 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 organized 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 organizations, NGOs, governments and universities, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Saferworld, 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 Trustee of Saferworld (an independent international organization working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives), 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 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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  • Peace and Conflict
  • Security Studies
  • Gender
  • Inclusion
  • Peacebuilding
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Community Security
  • Marginalisation

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2001 2017

H-Diplo Roundtable Review of Andrew J. Bacevich. America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History

Gordon, E. 2017 H-Diplo Roundtable Review, p. 10-15 6 p.

Research output: OtherShort Review

Open Access

Activities 1999 2017

Stability: international journal of security and development (Journal)

Gordon, E. (Associate editor)

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Australian Journal of International Affairs (Journal)

Gordon, E. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Peer review responsibility

International Studies Association Annual Convention 2016

Gordon, E. (Speaker)

Activity: Contribution to conference