Karen Barnes Robinson is an independent consultant and is currently a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute. Her research interests focus on gender, peacebuilding and statebuilding; governance and security in fragile states; and the implementation of UNSCR 1325.

Karen holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Karen has ten years of experience in research, policy and programming relating to gender and peacebuilding and has published widely on these issues. She has recently worked for organisations such as DFID, International Alert, the EU and the OECD.