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Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Queensland

Nicole’s research focuses on the gendered politics of conflict and peacebuilding, violence, security and participation. She has a strong interest in feminist institutional theory, as well as conceptual debates on regulatory pluralism and contested notions of (gendered) order as they are evident in local and global politics. Since the early 2000s, she has conducted research in the Pacific Islands region focusing on gender politics, gendered security and post conflict transition in Fiji, New Caledonia, Bougainville and Solomon Islands. She has worked in collaboration with women’s organisations, women decision-makers and women policy-makers in these settings to progress aspects of this work. She has led large, externally funded, comparative research projects examining how women's rights to security are instsitutionalised in Pacific Island countries (2013-2016) and where and how women particiipate in post-conflict transformation (as part of a broader collabortive ARC Linkage Project (2016-2020). Aside from the scholarly publications listed below, she has made influential contributions to national and regional intergovernmental policy forums on gender, security and development programs and is a regular contributor to national and regional on-line opinion editorial sites.


  • 2009–2011
    Associate Lecturer and Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland
  • 2006–2009
    John Vincent Post Doctoral Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University


  • 2006 
    Australian National University, Ph.D in International Relations

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Exploring the French Connection: Gender violence, Women's Empowerment and Human Rights in Melanesia
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)