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Personal profile


Katrina Lee-Koo is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Monash Unviersity and is the Deputy Director of Monash GPS (Monash University's Gender, Peace and Security Research Centre).

Katrina teaches and researches in the fields of gender, peace and security, and women and leadership.  Her research focuses upon women's leadership and inclusion in peace and security sectors, women's political leadership and the gendered politics of armed conflict.

Her most recent book publications are:  "Young Women and Leadership", (co-edited with Lesley Pruitt, New York: Routledge, 2020), 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 project with Zareh Ghazarian on "Gender and Political Leadership in Australia" (under contract with UNSW Press).

She has also published in her areas of research in:  Foreign Policy Analysis, International Political Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, Third World Quarterly, Feminist Review, the Australian Journal of Political Science and elsewhere.

She was recently the sole and chief investigator of an ARC Discovery Project entitled ‘Gender after Conflict’ (ending December 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 conflict-affected sites around the world.

Katrina has won numerous teaching and leadership awards including the Monash Dean of Arts Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching, the Monash Dean of Arts Commendation for Research Enterprise, the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the ANU's Gender Champion Award and the national Australian Teaching and Learning Council's Citation for Excellence in Teaching.

She is currently an 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, the Australian Journal of International Affairs and Politics and Gender.

Katrina 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.

Research interests

As a trained Politics and International Relations scholar with a background in diplomatic history, Katrina’s areas of research expertise intersect gender studies, women's participation and leadership, and peace and conflict analysis. These research areas intersect in the following ways:

  • The gendered politics of armed conflict
  • Women's participation and leadership in peace and security
  • Children, armed conflict and peacebuilding
  • Feminist IR theory
  • Children and IR theory
  • Ethics and global security
  • The UN’s Women, Peace and Security, Youth, Peace and Security, and Children and Armed Conflict agendas.

Research area keywords

  • Women's participation and leadership
  • Gender
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Children/Youth

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Research Output

Pro-gender foreign policy by stealth: Navigating global and domestic politics in Australian foreign policy making

Lee-Koo, K., 2020, In : Foreign Policy Analysis . 16, 2, p. 236-249 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

WPS, children, and armed conflict

Lee-Koo, K., 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security. Davies, S. E. & True, J. (eds.). New York NY USA: Oxford University Press, p. 608-617 10 p.

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