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Gender, Peace and Security In Defence

The report Local Action, Global Impact, provides a summary of Defence progress toward meeting Australia’s strategic commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda over the period 2012-2018. It also reflects on lessons learned and identifies a way forward for future implementation priorities and plans.

Minister for Defence's Visiting Fellow in Women, Peace and Security at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra


This is a two year appointment and the purpose of the Fellowship is to transfer practical and research knowledge of Women Peace and Security experiences between the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force Academy. The Minister intends for this Fellowship to fast-track the incorporation of Defence's learning from various deployments into the Academy's education and training programs; and to transfer the latest research findings of the university's Faculty back into Defence for refinements into deployable capability. The objective is to make the whole of Defence approach to WPS a 'business as usual' capability enhancer.

Meet the Current Fellow

Wing Commander (Dr) Angeline Lewis is the inaugural Minister’s Fellow, appointed in February 2018, and is currently posted as the Staff Officer (Legal) to the Chief of the Defence Force. She was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as an undergraduate Legal Officer in 2003. In 2014, after postings as the Assistant Defence Force Advocate, Deputy Fleet Legal Officer for Northern Australia, Command Legal Officer at Headquarters Northern Command and Research Officer to the Chief of Navy, she transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force. Since her transfer, she has served as the A06 at the Air and Space Operations Centre, and at Defence Legal Division. She has deployed to the Middle East four times, has also served on domestic operations, and is due to deploy again as the Gender Advisor to the UN Mission in South Sudan in 2018. She intends to use this body of experience to inform her Fellowship work on integrating WPS in ADF operations as a shared civil-military endeavour.

Wing Commander Lewis holds a doctorate in international law, focussing on post-conflict civil reconstruction, and she has taught international law casually at the Australian National University College of Law since 2009. She has published a range of peer-reviewed research nationally and internationally, and is currently in the final stages of reading for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in strategic sea power history at the Australian Defence Force Academy. One of her forthcoming research works is a critical piece on gender in military operations, titled ‘WPS, Gender and Foreign Military Interveners: Experience from Iraq and Afghanistan’ in Rita Shackel and Lucy Fiske (eds), Rethinking Transitional Gender Justice: Transformative Approaches in Post-Conflict Settings (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).

This page was last updated 14th June 2018.