My overall research agenda covers the area of peace and security, with three particular research interests. First, the potential influence of individuals from diverse backgrounds on processes of policy evolution at the United Nations, particularly in relation to UN peacekeeping, thematic mandates at the Security Council, and humanitarian affairs. Second, how changing state, in particular post-9/11 US, practices towards the use-of-force contribute to altering the UN Charter’s use-of-force regime. Third, the roles and functions of narratives in conflicts and how these relate to questions of agency. Currently, she also works on the impact that lethal autonomous weapons systems may have on international norms (together with Hendrik Huelss, University of Kent).
Before joining the University of Kent in September 2015, I was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Research Fellow (postdoc) with joined affiliation at United Nations University and the University of Tokyo (2013-2015).