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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; 

Biography

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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Projects 2013 2021

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

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

1/09/191/09/21

Project: Research

radicalism
Kenya
gender
community
intersectionality
action plan
peace
NATO
director
science

Research Output 2011 2019

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

Aroussi, S., 7 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Qualitative Research. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rape
sexual violence
Democratic Republic of the Congo
qualitative interview
empathy
book review
rape
sexual violence
political economy
commodity
1 Citation (Scopus)
rape
sexual violence
justice
assistance
reparation
2 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Congo, Republic of the
Colombia
justice
Democratic Republic of the Congo
peace process

Introduction: Rethinking National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security

Aroussi, S., 2017, Rethinking National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security. Aroussi, S. (ed.). IOS Press, Vol. 135. p. v 10 p. (Nato Science for Peace and Security).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Activities 2015 2019

  • 8 Invited talk
  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 6 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Publication peer-review

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

The International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention

Sahla Aroussi (Speaker)
27 Mar 201930 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Webinar for UN Women Professional Development Programme for Gender Trainers

Sahla Aroussi (Keynote Speaker)
21 Feb 2018

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

British International Studies Association Conference

Sahla Aroussi (Speaker)
15 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Studies Association conference

Sahla Aroussi (Speaker)
4 Apr 20187 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Prizes

GCRF Global Network On Gender and Responding to Violent Extremism

Sahla Aroussi (Recipient), 1 Sep 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

radicalism
gender
Values

Press / Media

Taking action nationally on the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Sahla Aroussi

12/05/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities