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).
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". http://www.gbv.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ICGBV_StrategicPlan_web.pdf.
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
Global Gender Policy
Gender, War & Peace
Women & Global Politics, Gender, Conflict & Security