Helen received her PhD in International Relations from the University of Queensland in 2013. She is a Lecturer in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology.
Helen’s research is centrally concerned with representations of youth in political events, as well as genuine engagement with the lived experiences of violence-affected young people. Her PhD research was conducted with young people who had been forcibly displaced within Colombia, exploring how they contribute to peacebuilding at an everyday level within their communities. More broadly, she is interested in questions of how people are rendered insecure by institutions of authority and power, how young people are politicised but not seen as political, and how feminist and narrative methodologies open space to find the everyday within these explorations.