Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Laura has written extensively on the formulation of UNSCR1325 and subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions, and is currently working on gender and peace-building, with a focus on civil society engagement.

She is interested in post-structural accounts of gender, international relations and security. Much of her work investigates authority, legitimacy and power through these frameworks. Laura co-founded the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective and the Gender in Global Governance Net-Work.