Associate Professor Nicole George

Associate Professor

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 69368


Nicole’s research focuses on the gendered politics of conflict and peacebuilding, violence, security and participation. She has a strong interest in feminist institutional theory, as well as conceptual debates on regulatory pluralism and contested notions of (gendered) order as they are evident in local and global politics. Since the early 2000s, she has conducted research in the Pacific Islands region focusing on gender politics, gendered security and post conflict transition in Fiji, New Caledonia, Bougainville and Solomon Islands. She has worked in collaboration with women’s organisations, women decision-makers and women policy-makers in these settings to progress aspects of this work. She has led large, externally funded, comparative research projects examining how women's rights to security are institutionalised in Pacific Island countries (2013-2016) and where and how women participate in post-conflict transformation (as part of a broader collaborative ARC Linkage Project (2016-2020). Aside from the scholarly publications listed below, she has made influential contributions to national and regional intergovernmental policy forums on gender, security and development programs and is a regular contributor to national and regional on-line opinion editorial sites.

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Pacific Islands
  • Peacebuilding
  • Women in Politics
  • Violence Against Women


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University


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Book Chapter

  • George, Nicole (2020). Gender and post-conflict security sector reform: experiences from Bougainville and Solomon Islands. Mapping security in the Pacific: a focus on context, gender and organisational culture. (pp. 104-118) edited by Sara N. Amin, Danielle Watson and Christian Girard. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429031816-11

  • George, Nicole (2020). The price of peace?: Frictional encounters on gender, security and the ‘Economic Peace Paradigm’. New directions in women, peace and security. (pp. 41-60) edited by Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd. Bristol, United Kingdom: Bristol University Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv12sdx3t.9

  • George, Nicole (2020). Women in politics: Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Women, policy and political leadership: regional perspectives. (pp. 141-158) edited by Christian Echle and Megha Sarmah. Singapore: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

  • George, Nicole (2019). Climate change and ‘architectures of entitlement’: beyond gendered virtue and vulnerability in the Pacific Islands?. Climate hazards, disasters, and gender ramifications. (pp. 101-121) edited by Catarina Kinnvall and Helle Rydstrom. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429424861-6

  • George, Nicole, Koo, Katrina Lee and Shepherd, Laura J. (2019). Gender and the UN’s women, peace and security agenda. Routledge handbook of gender and security. (pp. 311-322) edited by Caron E. Gentry, Laura J. Shepherd and Laura Sjoberg. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • George, Nicole (2018). Global women's movement. The international encyclopedia of anthropology. (pp. 1-8) Oxford, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2220

  • George, Nicole (2018). Hybridity and regulatory authority in Fiji: vernacular perspectives on gender and security. Hybridity on the ground in peacebuilding and development: critical conversations. (pp. 253-269) edited by Joanne Wallis, Lia Kent, Miranda Forsyth, Sinclair Dinnen and Srinjoy Bose. Acton, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/hgpd.03.2018.15

  • George, Nicole (2018). Postcolonial theory and feminism. The international encyclopedia of anthropology. (pp. 1-6) edited by Hilary Callan. Oxford, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2341

  • George, Nicole (2018). WPS and women’s roles in conflict-prevention: the case of Bougainville. The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security. (pp. 475-488) edited by Sara E. Davies and Jacqui True. New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190638276.013.64

  • George, Nicole (2016). 'Lost in Translation': gender violence, human rights and women's capabilities in Fiji. Gender violence and human rights: seeking justice in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. (pp. 81-125) edited by Aletta Biersack, Margaret Jolly and Martha Macintyre. Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/gvhr.12.2016.02

  • George, Nicole and Doerksen, Chantelle (2016). Gender and peacebuilding: hybridity and friction in the Pacific Islands. Practical approaches to peacebuilding: putting theory to work. (pp. 81-108) edited by Pamina Firchow and Harry Anastasiou. Boulder, CO, United States: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

  • George, Nicole (2015). Women in politics: Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Women, policy and political leadership: regional perspectives in today's world. (pp. 79-86) Singapore, Singapore: Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung.

  • George, Nicole (2014). Gender in the Pacific Islands. The Globalization of World Politics: Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific. (pp. 59-62) edited by Charles Hawkesly and Nichole Georgiou. South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • George, Nicole (2014). In sickness and in health: evolving trends in gay rights advocacy in Fiji. Gender on the edge: transgender, gay and other Pacific Islanders. (pp. 293-322) edited by Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff. Honolulu, United States: University of Hawaiʻi Press.

  • George, Nicole (2013). Beyond cultural constraint: gender, security and participation in the Pacific Islands. Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security: Aligning the Protection Agendas. (pp. 155-180) edited by Sara E. Davies, Zim Nworka, Eli Stamnes and Sarah Teitt. Leiden, Holland: Martinus Nijhof Publishers.

  • George, Nicole (2009). Shifting Terrains of Transnational Engagement: Women's Organizing in Fiji. Gender and Global Politics in the Asia-Pacific. (pp. 175-193) edited by D'Costa, Bina and Lee-Koo, Katrina. United States: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9780230617742

  • George, Nicole (2006). Coup spells more trouble for long suffering Fijians. Capturing the year 2007: Writings from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. (pp. 180-183) edited by Barbara Nelson and Robin Jeffrey. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

  • George, Nicole (2002). French monopoly of the linguistic marketplace. Perspectives on Europe: Language Issues and Lanaguage Planning in Europe. (pp. 61-79) edited by Anthony J. Liddicoat and Karis Muller. Melbourne: Language Australia.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.