Publications and reports

International affairs; national security and intelligence; gender, sexuality and women’s leadership; Australia-ASEAN; Asia Pacific.

 

  • Academic publications
  • Academic conferences and presentations
  • Academic panel chairing
  • News media, engagement and blogs
  • Invited keynotes and other speeches

Academic publications

Books

  • Elise Stephenson, The Face of the Nation: Women Leading International Affairs, Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).

Peer-reviewed articles

Book chapters

  • Elise Stephenson 2021, “Am I Ambassadorial Enough? Gender and Australian international representation,” in Katrina Lee Koo & Zareh Ghazarian, Australian Gender and Political Leadership, Newsouth Publishing, Melbourne.
  • Elise Stephenson 2020, “Queer Women, Diplomacy and Security: A Case Study of Australian Leaders Deployed in the Asia Pacific”, Gender & Sexuality Justice in  Asia, Springer, Malaysia.

Peer-Reviewed Policy papers

Book reviews

  • Elise Stephenson 2020, “Beyond the band of brothers: The US military and the myth that women can’t fight,” Security Challenges, Vol 14, No. 2, pp.144-149.

“The world needs good ideas and it needs a lot of them. We can’t assume they will all come from the same place.”

Academic conferences and presentations

  • Elise Stephenson and Susan Harris Rimmer 2022, “Bolstering the Boys Club: Gender and Diplomatic Gatekeeping”, Gender and Diplomacy Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June.
  • Elise Stephenson 2022, “Classified and Secret: Understanding Gender in the Intelligence Sector”, International Studies Association Conference.
  • Elise Stephenson 2022, “Gender in Outer Space: Decision-Making, Diplomacy and Policy”, International Studies Association Conference.
  • Elise Stephenson 2021, “Gender and Diversity in Security and Intelligence: A Review of the Literature”, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 20-22 September.
  • Elise Stephenson 2021, “Making Feminist Institutional Theory Intersectional: Learnings from Researching Diplomacy”, Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association Conference – ‘Unknowing’ Institutions: Decolonisation and Critical Intersectional Practice, 13-16 July.
  • Elise Stephenson 2021, “Navigating Connection and Distance: critical feminist friends and the study of gender and diplomacy”, International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) Virtual Conference, 17-20 February.
  • Elise Stephenson 2021, “What does the research tell us? Women in National Security” Women in National Security Course, National Security College, Australian National University, 1 March.
  • Elise Stephenson 2021, “Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in National Security”, National Security College, Australian National University, 24 February.
  • Elise Stephenson 2020, “Gender and Institutional Change: Australian Diplomacy and Security”, Gender and Diplomacy Workshop, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 8-9 October.
  • Elise Stephenson 2020, “What the Research Says: Women in National Security”, Women in National Security Course, National Security College, Australian National University, 12 March.
  • Elise Stephenson 2019, “How did you gain access? Gaining evidence on women’s leadership in Australian international affairs”, paper presented at The Gendered Dynamics of Australia’s Political Leadership Culture, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 18-19 July.
  • Elise Stephenson 2019, “Gender, Diplomacy & Security: Experiences of Women Leaders in Australian International Affairs”, Women in Security Studies Workshop, Griffith University, 23 August.
  • Elise Stephenson 2019, “Diplomacy in Liquid Modernity: Disruption and Transformation of Diplomatic Practices”, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia.
  • Elise Stephenson 2019, “Queer women, diplomacy and security: A case study of Australian leaders”, paper presented at Gender and Diplomacy Workshop, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 26-28 June.
  • Elise Stephenson 2018, “Why are women still marginalised in international representative leadership?”, paper presented at the Australian Human Rights Institute Gender & Politics Workshop, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 16-17 July.
  • Elise Stephenson 2018, “Who represents Australia internationally? A case study of women leaders in Australian international-facing agencies across foreign affairs, defence, policing and immigration”, paper presented at International Political Studies Association (IPSA) World Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July.
  • Elise Stephenson 2018, “The experiences of women leaders in Australian international-facing agencies: A case study of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence, the Australian Federal Police, and the Department of Home Affairs”, paper presented at International Political Studies Association Research Committee 7 and 19 Pre-Conference Workshop, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July.
  • Elise Stephenson 2018, “Disrupting diplomacy: A comparative case study of Australian LGBT women leaders deployed in the Asia Pacific”, paper presented at Conference on Gender and Sexuality Justice in Asia (COGEN), Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12-14 November.
  • Elise Stephenson and Sharon Spriggs-Murdoch 2016, “LGBTIQ Intimate Partner Violence Prevention”, presenter, Australian Ally Conference, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
  • Elise Stephenson 2015, “Preliminary Findings: Women in Leadership in Hong Kong”, paper presented at Absent Women: Women in Academia in Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, sponsored by the Faculty of Education and HKU United Nations HeForShe, Hong Kong.
  • Elise Stephenson, Julien Rosendahl, Ethan Bowering, Yanjie Fu, Linqing Shi, and Han Shen 2013, “Australia-China Soft Power Potential”, paper presented at the Australia-China Futures Emerging Leaders Dialogue 19-20 October 2013, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Panel Chairing

  • Chair and discussant, panel titled “Women in MFAs and Foreign Service”, Gender and Diplomacy Workshop, Gothenburg Sweden, 2022.
  • Chair and discussant, panel titled “Gender and Security”International Studies Association, Nashville, 2022.
  • Chair and discussant, panel titled “Gender and Security”, International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) Virtual Conference 2021, 17-20 February 2021.
  • Discussant, panel titled “Women, Gender and Foreign Affairs”, Gender and Diplomacy Workshop, University of Gothenburg, 7-8 October 2020.
  • Discussant, panel titled “Gendered Diplomatic Institutions”, Gender and Diplomacy Workshop, University of Gothenburg, 5-7 June 2019.

Podcasts

Media engagement and blogs

Invited talks and keynotes

  • “Soft Power in the ASEAN-Australia Relationship”, masterclass, ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, 15 October 2020.
  • “Diversity in International Affairs”, keynote presenter, Raise Our Voices, 29 September 2020.
  • “Diversity and Inclusion in a Post-Covid-19 Era,” keynote presenter, Go1, 12 June 2020.
  • “Building Influence,” keynote presenter, Asialink Business, 11 June 2020.
  • “Antifragility in Academia: Building long-term research and engagement partnerships,” keynote presenter, Griffith Asia Institute, 4 June 2020.
  • “Social Enterprise and Making Impact in the Asia Pacific Region,” keynote presenter, International Conference on Social Marketing, Gold Coast, 2020 (postponed)
  • “You Can Ask That,” chair, Women of the World Festival, Brisbane, 2020 (postponed).
  • “Gender and Sexuality Justice,” keynote presenter, Brigidine College International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020.
  • “Social Justice,” keynote presenter, Brigidine College Staff Leadership and Training Day, 27 January 2020.
  • “The Future of Business: Social Enterprise”, workshop presenter and facilitator, Australian High Commission to Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, 29 November 2019 – plus 5 additional events.
  • “Entrepreneurship and Social Change”, workshop presenter and facilitator, ILO, STELLA, Australia Volunteers and Australian Embassy, Vientiane, Laos, 26 November 2019 – plus 7 additional events.
  • “Driving Social Impact Through Enterprise”, workshop presenter and facilitator, RMIT Activator, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 21 October 2019 – plus 11 additional events.
  • “Social Enterprise in Australia and ASEAN”, workshop presenter and facilitator, Future Forum, Phnom Penh Cambodia, 30 July 2019 – plus 6 additional events.
  • “Gender justice, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, chair and facilitator, Human Dignity Festival, Hong Kong.
  • “Critical human rights issues facing LGBTIQ communities globally”, chair and facilitator, Human Dignity Festival, Hong Kong, 2018.
  • “Doing Business in the Indo-Pacific Region Beyond Your Studies”, keynote presenter, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan Queensland Networking Event, alongside State Director Derek Brown, Queensland, Australia, 2018.
  • “How can we pitch our innovative, scalable, sustainable solution that makes a difference in the world, and for humanity?” panelist, MAYK It Happen Day, Kelvin Grove State College with 440+ students, Brisbane, Australia, 2018.
  • “Social enterprise”, workshop facilitator, Crowd Round, Unconference, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 2018.
  • “Entrepreneurial support and mentorship”, keynote presentation, Advancing Women in Business, Boosting Women as Mentors, Office for Small Business, Queensland Government, Brisbane, 2017.
  • “The importance of volunteering for national volunteering week”, presenter and MC, Young Women’s Forum, Brisbane, Australia, 2014-2016.
  • “MATE LGBTIQ domestic violence prevention”, presenter, Australian AIDS Council, Canberra, Australia, 2016.
  • “Griffith University Social Entrepreneurship Projects in Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Mental Health”, presenter, ENACTUS National Conference, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, 2013-2014.
  • “Young Professionals Accord”, presenter, Asia Pacific Cities Summit, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2013

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