Helen completed her PhD at the University of Limerick funded by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and IRCHSS. Her research investigated the Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration process in Liberia, with a particular focus on women associated with fighting forces and post-conflict recovery. She is currently employed as a project coordinator for the Irish Aid funded project 'Responding to HIV/AIDS in Africa: Connecting Public Administration, Policy and Communities'. She is also a Research Fellow with the centre for Peace and Development where she is conducting research on National Action Plans of UNSCR 1325 in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This research is funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden.
Prior to her doctoral research Helen had a career in international development. She worked for War Child in London for a number of years before moving to Ireland. Whilst her academic focus today is directed towards Peace and Conflict Studies, she still maintains her link with development and is a director of a small Irish NGO called No Strings Ireland that uses puppets made by the makers of the Muppets, to deliver life-saving messages to children and their families in the developing world.
Specialties: Post-conflict reconstruction, gender studies, DDR, UNSCR 1325, international development