For the next generation of international security researchers, she believes jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, but also the rise of Far-Right movements, will be key influences that shape contemporary security concerns. As such, her research will demonstrate it is crucial to more effectively engage women in all aspects of security, including countering violent extremism and countering terrorism, as well as the importance of understanding what may also pull women toward such groups.
Her findings will be delivered in lectures to students in various War Studies undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and she hopes will be taken up by policy makers and practitioners to ensure the important roles of women are not overlooked.
She explains: "For so long there has been a real neglect of women in all aspects of international security and we can now demonstrate with very clear evidence the negative impacts this has had -- whether it is was women joining ISIS by the thousands , or whether this was seen in the limitations to full capabilities we have when countering terrorism or violent extremism.
"It is more imperative than ever that, not only do young women around the world feel like they have a role in contributing to the security of their societies, if they choose, but also an important role in thinking about, defining, and responding to, the security concerns of the day.
"We also have to better understand how the roles of women, as well as gender dynamics, really function in these organisations. This is going to be absolutely critical for how we respond to security concerns going forward."