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Joana Cook

Teaching Fellow & Senior Research Fellow

Teaching Fellow - MA Homegrown Radicalization
Senior Research Fellow at ICSR
Department of War Studies
King's College London
Strand, London, UK. WC2R 2LS
+44 (0)207 848 2098
Office Hours: By appointment only

Research Interests


  • Women in security (policy and practice)
  • Gender and security
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Extremism and countering violent extremism (CVE)
  • Al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIL, ISIS)
  • Regions: Canada, UK, US, Yemen, MENA 



Dr. Joana Cook is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies, and a Senior Research Fellow at ICSR. Her PhD examined women in relation to post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism responses in Yemen and the wider MENA region. Her research more broadly focuses on women in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices in Yemen and the wider MENA region.

Joana is also a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). She has previously worked with Public Safety Canada’s Research Affiliate Program (Kanishka); as Editor-in-Chief of Strife based out of the Department; and as a journalist in Canada and southern Africa.

She has presented her research to senior government and security audiences in a number of countries, and at institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and IISS (amongst others). She has also been featured in media such as Time, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and on BBC World News, Sky News, BBC Radio, the National Post and CBC.

She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Regina, an MA in Conflict, Security and Development, and PhD in War Studies (both from King’s College London). In 2016 she was a recipient of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF). 

Selection of major publications and presentations:

  • Cook, Joana. “Women in terrorism and counter terrorism.” Single-authored monograph. Hurst Publishers. Expected 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Women, Peace and Security.” Book chapter in “The Palgrave Encyclopedia of  Global Security.” Edited by Scott Romaniuk, et al. Palgrave MacMillan, Expected 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Gender and Terrorism.” Book chapter in “The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security.” Edited by Scott Romaniuk, et al. Palgrave MacMillan, Expected 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)” Book chapter in “The Palgrave Handbook of Homeland Security.” Edited by Scott Romaniuk, et al. Palgrave MacMillan, Expected 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Human Security: A contribution to countering violent extremism.” Book chapter in Women and Human Security.(currently under review). Forthcoming 2018.
  • Cook, Joana. “Avoiding the Prevent Pitfalls.” Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security (GIWPS), Georgetown University. Occasional paper series. 2017. Available here.
  • Cook, Joana. “Shifting Priorities: How International Terrorism and the ‘War on Terror’ Reconstitute Security Agendas – Women, Counterterrorism and the Case of Yemen. Book chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy,edited by Scott Romaniuk, et al. Palgrave MacMillan. 2017.
  • Cook, Joana. “Analyzing the formal and informal roles of women in security and justice in Yemen: Reflections for future considerations.” Canadian Network for the Study of Terrorism, Security and Society, Working paper series. No. 16-08. May 2016. Available here.
  • Cook, Joana. “Security sector reform and restructuring in Yemen.” Presentation at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), “Yemen’s Forgotten War.” December 2015.
  • Cook, Joana. “The role of security sector reform in Yemen’s stability and security.” Presentation at Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University, August 24 – 27, 2015.
  • Cook, Joana. “Our main concern is security” Women’s political participation, engagement in the security sector, and public safety in Yemen.” Book Chapter in Rebuilding Yemen: Political, economic and social challengesedited by Dr. Noel Brehony and Dr. Saud al Sarhan. Gurlach Press. September 2015.
  • Cook, Joana. “Yemen’s Patronage Problem.” Sada series, “Why Arab States Need Security Sector Reform” on Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. July 2015
  • Cook, Joana. “Recruiters, mediators, allies, fighters? A critical examination of the roles of women in both countering and perpetrating violent extremism in Canada and the UK.” Independent report for Public Safety Canada. March 2015. (96 pages)
  • Cook, Joana “Women in violent extremist organisations.” Presentation at The International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). London, UK. March 2015.
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