Laura is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. She works broadly in the areas of gender, feminism, security and peacebuilding in post-conflict contexts. Much of her focus has been on the United Nations Security Council's Women, Peace and Security agenda, activities around it and its implementation within the United Nations and former Yugoslavia, in particular Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Laura's work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of International Relations and Development, Security Dialogue, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Peacebuilding and International Feminist Journal of Politics, among others. Her first book, Gender Politics and Security Discourse: Personal-political imaginations and feminism in 'post-conflict' Serbia was published by Routledge in 2016 (in Serbian, 2016, in paperback 2021). She co-edited a special issue of Peacebuilding, and a book on the theme of feminist interventions in critical peace and conflict studies.
Laura joined the Politics Department in January 2011. Between August 2012 and July 2014, she worked as a Research Associate on the ERC project Understanding Institutional Change. Before coming to Manchester, Laura completed her PhD thesis at the University of Sheffield. She is currently a member of the editorial board of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and served as the journal's Conversations editor between 2014 and 2018.