september, 2017

20sep2:00 pm4:00 pmGlobal Development Week: Seminar - Experiences of Peacebuilding and Development in Practice2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Event Organized By: UNSW Globalisation and Governance Research Network

Event Details

Following on from the success of our 2016 Global Development Week, the School of Social Sciences’ Globalisation & Governance Research Network is hosting a Global Development Week @ UNSW on the theme of Peacebuilding and Development.

The week-long event will showcase existing expertise in Peacebuilding and Development at UNSW and in the greater Sydney community, as well as highlighting our collaboration with existing stakeholders working on peace in Sydney.



Laura J Shepherd


Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Laura is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK. Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda. She has written extensively on the formulation of UNSCR1325 and subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions. Laura is particularly interested in poststructural accounts of gender and security; much of her work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical frameworks. She also has strong interests in pedagogy and popular culture.

James Cox

James Cox is the founder of Peacifica. He is a respected voice in international peacebuilding and statebuilding policy with two decades of development experience in the government and not-for profit sector. James is the former chair of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, a global coalition of peacebuilding organisations that is the voice of civil society in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, and in the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. James previously led World Vision International’s fragile states policy engagement for several years and has also worked on Pacific, human rights and general development policy.

James was a leading civil society contributor to the successful advocacy for the adoption of a peace goal in the Sustainable Development Goals, and for peace to be an overarching objective of the Goals. He led World Vision’s reorientation of its approach to fragile states, which is still ongoing. He was part of the original design and leadership team of Australia’s Make Poverty History Campaign.


Archie Law

Archie Law is the newly elected chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation Council. He used to be the Executive Director for ActionAid Australia and worked in conflict affected environments throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining ActionAid, Archie worked for the United Nations Development Program in South Africa and the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Archie was a member of the UN team that developed the contingency plan for an emergency response to the conflict in Iraq in 2002-2003. He also spent four years heading up the Mine Advisory Group’s 500-person Cambodia Program. Before joining the non-profit sector, Archie was a drummer for the 1980s band Huxton Creepers. The group released three albums and gave over 500 live appearances throughout Australia.


Susanne Schmeidl

Dr Susanne Schmeidl is Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is scholar-practitioner with twenty years of work experience at the intersection of peace, security and development with think tanks, non-government organizations, inter-governmental organizations the UN and donor governments. She has researched and worked on Afghanistan since 2000 and co-founded two local grass-roots organizations (The Afghan Civil Society Forum and The Liaison Office) and also helped establish the Salah Peace Consortium. She co-designed the Conflict Early Warning Mechanism (CEWARN) for the Inter-Governmental organization for Development (IGAD) in the Horn of Africa, the FAST Early Warning system for SwissPeace, an organization she worked with for nine years, and helped establish the Forum on Early Warning and Early Response (FEWER) while working with Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Canada.

Susanne is trained Social Worker, Sociologist and Fulbright Scholar. Her inter-disciplinary research has focussed on three core areas—1) forced migration and refugees (incl. protection issues), 2) context/conflict-sensitive, participatory and inclusive development practice, 3) early warning, conflict prevention and civilian peacebuilding (incl. human security)—with a cross-cutting focus on gender and civil society. Her mix of policy and academic publications are in the areas of Afghanistan, forced migration, early warning/conflict prevention and critical peace studies. She is currently working on a book project with an Afghan colleague on how communities negotiate life in Taliban-controlled or contested areas in Afghanistan.



(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Morven Brown room 310



UNSW Globalisation and Governance Research Network