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Research Interests

Gender in intermational security;  the 'Women, Peace and Security' framework; gender based violence; wartime sexual violence; violent extremism; inequality and exclusion; transitional justice; peace settlements and power sharing; 


Dr Sahla Aroussi is a feminist researcher at the Centre of Trust Peace and Social Relations. She has a Ph.D. in Politics (2011) and an LLM in Transitional Justice (2007) from the University of Ulster and an MA Human Rights and Democratisation (2004) from the University of Malta/ Utrecht University. Sahla was previously employed as a lecturer at the University of Ulster and a Postdoctoral researcher in the University of Antwerp’s Law and Development research group. She also worked as an intern at the Northern Ireland Commission for Human Rights and the European Parliament. Sahla's regional expertise is focused on Sub Saharan Africa and the MENA region. Her research interests are broadly situated in the field of gender and armed conflicts particularly: the UN’s agenda on Women, Peace and Security; gender is peace settlements; sexual violence in armed conflict; gender and violent extremism; and gender inequality and exclusion. Sahla has received various awards and scholarships including a British Academy Tackling UK International Challenges Award, NATO Science for Peace and Security Advanced Research Workshop grant (2015) and The British Academy/ Leverhulme Grant (2015). Sahla’s key research outputs include peer reviewed academic publications in international journals such as the International Journal of Transitional Justice; Gender and Politics and the International Journal of Feminist Politics, edited collections, research consultancy work, and a recent book on assessing the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security in peace processes around the world.


Vision Statement

I am a feminist. I was born in Tunisia into a family which encouraged a thirst for knowledge rather than a submission to tradition or dogma. Growing up, I found solace and inspiration in reading feminist work and developed a burning desire for equality, human rights and social justice. I passionately believe that gender equality is key to ending violence and insecurity and building a peaceful, cohesive and just society. Through rigorous, ethical and socially relevant research, I believe that we can make a difference by raising awareness, influencing policy changes and contributing to building a better world.

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Project: Global Network on Gender and Responding to Violent Extremism (GARVE)

Ahmed, F., Aroussi, S. & Skaper, P.


Project: Research

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    Researching wartime rape in Eastern Congo: Why we should continue to talk to survivors

    Aroussi, S., 12 Nov 2019, In : Qualitative Research. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    • 8 Invited talk
    • 6 Participation in conference
    • 6 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    The International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention

    Sahla Aroussi (Speaker)
    27 Mar 201930 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia (Publisher)

    Sahla Aroussi (Peer Reviewer)
    3 Jun 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    GCRF/UNDP Workshop No.1

    Sahla Aroussi (Speaker)
    16 Jun 201817 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    RCUK NewtonFund Global Challenges Research Fund Engagement Meeting Kenya

    Sahla Aroussi (Speaker)
    31 Jan 20182 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    GCRF Global Network On Gender and Responding to Violent Extremism

    Sahla Aroussi (Recipient), 1 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Press / Media

    Taking action nationally on the Women, Peace and Security agenda

    Sahla Aroussi


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities