For 25 years Lily has researched and taught international politics and security. She is principal researcher for leading NGO Iraq Body Count, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Lily’s works contributes to peace efforts and humanitarian causes, increases awareness and understanding of world politics. Being able to apply her education to the practice of human security has meant that her work has helped achieve positive changes in policy, humanitarian response or planning and contributes to the on-going assessment of conflict. She is regularly consulted and interviewed on global and national security matters by the media and international organisations.
Her book, Body Count: The War on Terror and Civilian Deaths in Iraq, tracks and explores civilian deaths in Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the US-led coalition. It is a recounting of the conflict through the counting of its victims. It highlights the importance and the challenges of casualty recording, it maps the insurgency in Iraq and the ensuing civilian deaths, the struggle between military power and ideology, the increasing radicalisation in failed states like Iraq, the seeking of security through hegemony, and the cycle of violence following the deconstruction of Iraq.