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Lisa Sharland

Deputy Director - Defence, Strategy & National Security | Head of International Program

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UN peacekeeping, protection of civilians, women, peace and security


Lisa Sharland is the Deputy Director of Defence, Strategy & National Security and the Head of the International Program at ASPI.

Lisa has research interests in the United Nations and multilateralism, peacekeeping reform, Australia’s engagement in UN peacekeeping, African security issues, Australia-Africa engagement, protection of civilians and women, peace and security.

Since commencing at ASPI in March 2014, Lisa has conducted field research on preventing and countering violent extremism in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Kenya, and UN peacekeeping missions in Mali, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. She has authored numerous research publications and provided expert commentary to media and news outlets. She is currently involved in coordinating ASPI’s Women in Defence and Security Network (WDSN) and managing ASPI’s research internship program.

Lisa has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington DC and the National Institute for Defence Studies in Japan. She remains a non-resident fellow in the Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program at the Stimson Center. She has also worked as a consultant for the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations.

Prior to joining ASPI, Lisa worked as the Defence Policy Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in New York, where she provided advice on peacekeeping and defence-related policy issues and represented Australia in multilateral negotiations in the UN Security Council and General Assembly bodies, including the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34).

Before working for the Australian government, Lisa completed stints in Washington DC studying on exchange at The George Washington University and gaining political and legislative experience in the offices of US Members of Congress. She also worked in knowledge management at the Sydney-based offices of global commercial law firm Freehills (now Freehills Herbert Smith).

Lisa is a member of the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR), which is tasked by the Foreign Minister with informing Australia’s thinking and policies on Africa. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Western Australia’s Africa Research and Engagement Centre (AfREC).

Lisa holds a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Macquarie University, Australia.