Shirley Graham

photo: Shirley Graham
Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs; Associate Professor of Practice in International Affairs
Room 501k
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Areas of Expertise

Gender and International Peacekeeping; Women's Empowerment; Women, Peace & Security

Dr. Shirley Graham joined the Elliott School in 2017, she is the Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) and Associate Professor of Practice in International Affairs. She is also a Research Fellow affiliated with the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) at Dublin City University. She undertook her Masters Degree in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University (2003-4). Her doctoral research "Equal but Different: Gender Discourses in the Social Relations of Irish Peacekeepers & Possibilities for Transformation" (2013) examined gendering processes within militaries that position women and men in particular roles formally and informally, supporting and/or inhibiting women’s access to peacekeeping missions. Her research contributes to feminist theory and practice through new empirical data on Irish peacekeepers and the development of critical alternative discourses on gender. She conducted her field study in Kosovo and completed her Ph.D. at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She previously taught on the Egalitarian World Initiative, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin (2008-9).

Her practitioner work includes evaluating and strategic planning for the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV); feminist peace-building work in Ireland/Northern Ireland for the Hanna’s House All-Ireland Feminist Peace Project (2008-2012) and the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation Women’s Leadership Programme (2014-2016). She led women’s leadership and political training for Women for Election and IMPACT Trade Union (2016). She led the facilitation of an all-Ireland civil society consultation process for Ireland’s first National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security (2011-2014) and represented the National Women's Council of Ireland on the Consultative Group for Ireland's second National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security (2015-2018).

Current Research

Dr. Graham’s current research interests include women, peace and security, women’s empowerment, and the prevention of gender-based violence.


Ph.D., National University of Ireland, Maynooth

MA in International Relations, Dublin City University, Ireland


Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence Strategic Plan (2017-2020) "Leaving no one behind, tackling gender based violence where the needs are the greatest".

Shirley Graham. "A Gender Paradox: Discourses on Women in UN Peacekeeping" in Irish Studies in International Affairs, 27, 165-187, (2016).

Shirley Graham. "Women Peacekeepers: Gender Discourses on 'Equal but Different' Amongst Irish Peacekeepers, in ‘Gender & Peacebuilding: All Hands Required’", Eds. Flaherty, M.P., T. Matyok, J. Senehi, S. Byrne, H. Tuso, Lexington Books, New York, (2015).


Government of Ireland Doctoral Scholarship

Classes Taught

Global Gender Policy

Gender, War & Peace

Women & Global Politics, Gender, Conflict & Security