Page content

As the DFID-funded Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) draws to a conclusion, we are pleased to invite participants to share and discuss key findings from our gender research.

The conference will showcase new findings, and bring us into conversation with other researchers and practitioners, on three themes:

  • Gender, peace processes and inclusion, which will include original data on gender provisions on peace agreements, women’s movement inclusion in peace processes, and gendered operation of new institutions post-agreement;
  • International gender equality norms and inclusion, which involves new findings on international norms and their role in shaping local gender outcomes, in particular as (potential) leverage for the inclusion of women and gender issues in political settlements;
  • Gender, violence and inclusion, which sets out groundbreaking new longitudinal and comparative data on the impact of violence against women on women’s ability to leverage inclusion in peace processes, agreements and post-conflict societies.

Throughout, contributors will reflect on methodological and ethical challenges in conducting gender research on political settlements.

At the conference, we will also formally launch the PSRP Gender Theme feminists@law journal Special Issue, with a Roundtable of policy-makers and practitioners reflecting on what we have learned about gender and inclusion through the PSRP.

The PSRP is a north-south academic-practitioner research consortium led by the University of Edinburgh Global Justice Academy, and including the Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute, Conciliation Resources, Rift Valley Institute and the Institute for Security Studies. Gender is a cross-cutting theme across the research programme, as well as the focus of several individual research projects. For further information on PSRP, please consult our website:

Keynote Speaker

Nahla Valji, Senior Gender Adviser, Office of the UN Secretary-General

Other Speakers

  • Professor Christine Bell, University of Edinburgh Programme Director, PSRP
  • Professor Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Louise Mallinder, Queen’s University of Belfast School of Law
  • Dr Fidelma Ashe, Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute
  • Dr Kris Brown, Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute
  • Sophia Close, Conciliation Resources and Zahbia Yousuf, Saferworld
  • Dr Jessica Doyle, Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute
  • Dr Kevin McNicholl, University of Edinburgh Global Justice Academy
  • Dr Catherine O’Rourke, Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute, PSRP Gender Theme Coordinator
  • Dr Catherine Turner, Durham University Global Security Institute

For further information about the conference, please contact Dr Catherine O’Rourke,


The Programme
9am Arrival and Registration

Opening and Welcome

Christine Bell and Catherine O’Rourke


Keynote Address

Nahla Valji, Senior Gender Adviser, Office of the UN Secretary General


Panel 1

Christine Bell & Kevin McNicholl, University of Edinburgh, Principled Pragmatism and the ‘Inclusion Project’: Implementing a Gender Perspective in Peace Agreements

Sophia Close, Conciliation Resources, Gendered Political Settlements: Examining Peace Transitions in Bougainville, Nepal and Colombia

Kris Brown, Ulster University, Political Commemoration and Gendered Peacebuilding

11.30am Coffee

Panel 2

Zahbia Yousuf, Safterworld, Conducting Gender Labs: Mapping Inclusion in Practice

Catherine Turner, Durham University, Promoting Inclusion through Networks of Women Mediators: New Trends and Research Directions

Fidelma Ashe, Ulster University, LGBT+ Inclusion

Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh, New Institutions, New Gender Rules? A Feminist Institutionalist Lens on Women and Power-Sharing

1.15pm Lunch

Roundtable, Special Issue Launch

To launch the PSRP Gender Theme feminists@law journal Special Issue, this roundtable of policy-makers and practitioners will reflect on the gender and inclusion findings of the PSRP.

Áine Hearns, Director, Conflict Resolution Unit, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Mireille Affaa Mindzie, Policy Specialist, Peace and Security, UN Women

Rosy Cave, Head, Gender Equality Unit & Office of the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Human Rights Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Róisín Gallagher, Programme Development Advisor, Gender & Inclusion, Christian Aid Ireland

Kellie Turtle, Women’s Sector Lobbyist, Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Northern Ireland




Panel 3

Jessica Doyle, Domestic Violence Against Women and Inclusion

Louise Mallinder, Amnesties and Inclusion

Catherine O’Rourke, Women’s Rights in Conflict under International Law and Inclusion

4.45pm Concluding Comments
5pm Conference Close

Event info

This event has ended

Thursday 6 December

9am to 5pm


Sadie Magee