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Meet the team

Lisa Sharland (left) is Head of the International Program at ASPI with 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.

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. 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). @LJSharland

Why did she get involved in the WDSN? ‘After more than a decade working in international affairs and defence policy here in Australia and overseas, I can recall too many occasions where I’ve been the only women in the room at a roundtable or international dialogue discussing defence and security issues. That’s starting to change, but we have a long way to go. We need to ensure women’s participation and leadership is supported in the national security field. We also need to ensure that integrating a gender perspective becomes a standard part of our approach to foreign affairs and defence policy. WDSN provides an important platform to do both.’  

Renee Jones (right) is ASPI’s Events and Communications Manager and is responsible for the coordination and execution of ASPI's events program. She also strategically manages ASPI's social media strategy and is a producer and host for ASPI's podcast 'Policy, Guns & Money'. 

Why did she get involved in the WDSN? 'Working as an advocate for gender equality is practically a family tradition for me. I was raised by a single mother who, among many other things, worked in domestic violence crisis support and women’s refuges. During my undergraduate study I worked as the Women's Officer at ANU, offering 24hr crisis support to women and non-binary students, as well as campaigning for women's safety and services. When I was given the opportunity to join the WDSN, for me it felt like an obvious continuation of my advocacy. I truly believe that representation matters, and the representation of women in the defence and security fields just isn’t good enough. There are so many gendered aspects of this field -  violence against women is a national security issue and it is widely recognised that conflict affects women differently to men. Yet the perspectives of women are barely represented in these sectors. Providing a space for women to learn from one another and establish their careers in defence and security is an essential step in combating these issues.' 


Updated: 16 Dec 2019