Katrina Lee-Koo

Assoc Professor

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Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo lectures in International Relations and is Deputy Director of Monash GPS (Monash University's Gender, Peace and Security Research Centre).

She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Queensland, her Masters degree at the University of Nottingham, and her PhD at the Australian National University where she was employed from 2004-2014. In 2015 she joined the Politics program in the School of Social Sciences.

Katrina teaches and researches in the field of security studies. She looks particularly at critical security studies, and the protection and participation of civilians in conflict affected areas and peace processes (focused upon women and children).

Katrina has won numerous teaching awards including the Monash Dean of Arts Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching, the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the national Australian Teaching and Learning Citation for Excellence in Teaching.

She is currently the sole and chief investigator of an ARC Discovery Project entitled ‘Gender after Conflict’ (end 2019).  She is a co-Chief Investigator (with Sara Davies, Nicole George and Jacqui True) on the ARC Linkage Project ‘Towards Inclusive Peace: Monitoring the Gender Provisions in Peace Settlements’ with partner organization the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  She is the World YWCA’s Partner Researcher (with Lesley Pruitt) on the DFAT funded project ‘Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership in the Asia Pacific’ which works across nine countries in the region. She is also the lead researcher on a partnership with Plan International on a research series entitled 'Adolescent Girls in Crisis' which has conducted research with adolescent girls in four sites around the world.

Her most recent book publications are: Children and Global Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2015 with Kim Huynh and Bina D’Costa) and Ethics and Global Security (Routledge, 2014 with Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald). She has a forthcoming book (co-edited with Lesley Pruitt) on Theorising Young Women's Leadership (2020).

Katrina is associate editor of the International feminist Journal of Politics and on the editorial board for the Australian Journal of Political Science, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and Politics and Gender.

Research interests

As a trained International Relations scholar with a background in diplomatic history, Katrina’s areas of research expertise intersect peace and conflict analysis, critical security studies, international relations theory, and gender studies. These research areas intersect in the following ways:

  • The gendered politics of armed conflict
  • Children, armed conflict and peacebuilding
  • Women in peacebuilding
  • Feminist IR theory
  • Children and IR theory
  • Ethics and global security
  • The UN’s Women, Peace and Security agenda.
  • Civilian protection in conflict
  • Challenges to human security, humanitarian action and peacebuilding in post-conflict zones and complex emergencies

Research area keywords

  • Security Studies
  • Gender
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Children/Youth

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Projects 2012 2020

Research Output 2007 2019

Gender and the UN's Women, Peace and Security Agenda

George, N., Lee-Koo, K. & Shepherd, L. J., 2019, Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security. Gentry, C., Shepherd, L. & Sjoberg, L. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 311-322 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: children’s rights

Lee-Koo, K., 1 Jun 2019, In : Australian Journal of International Affairs. 73, 4, p. 326-330 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya

Gordon, E., Lee-Koo, K. & Jay, H. V., 2018, 48 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya, Summary Report

Lee-Koo, K., Jay, H. V. & Gordon, E., 2018, 4 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Adolescent Rohingya Girls in Bangladesh: One Year On, Policy Brief

Gordon, E., Jay, H. V. & Lee-Koo, K., 2018, Clayton Vic Australia: Monash University. 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOtherpeer-review