I am a Marie Curie individual fellow at POLIS, University of Cambridge and Assistant Professor in International Affairs at Vesalius College, VUB, Brussels. I also blog for the Duck of Minerva. My primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security agenda. I have written extensively on the advocacy around, and implementation of, the Women, Peace and Security agenda at global, national, and local levels in post-conflict contexts. I am currently starting a research project on the linkages between the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and transitional justice mechanisms in Colombia, Liberia, Sierra Leone. I am particularly interested in poststructural and postcolonial accounts of gender and security and in feminist and interpretive methodologies.
I hold a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and a PhD in Political Theory from LUISS Guido Carli of Rome (Italy). I also hold an MA in European Studies from the College of Europe and an MPP in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship.
My research focuses on gender politics, international security governance and the micro-dynamics of war-to-peace transitions – peacebuilding practices and transnational justice mechanisms – through a critical security lenses. Much of my work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical lenses.
I have written many articles on these topics for various journals and contributed to several books. I am regularly invited to lecture in various Universities and to speak in various seminars and conferences in Europe and around the world.
I have previously worked for the EU delegation before the United Nations, several think tanks and international NGOs.
I am also a Member at Large of the Executive Committee of the Feminist and Gender Theory Section (International Studies Association) and a Co-Convener of the Gender and Politics Section of the Belgium Political Science Association.