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Gwendolene Cheve

Gwendolene Cheve is a PhD candidate in Politics & International Relations and holds an MSc in International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) and a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Political Science.

Her doctoral thesis is entitled “What happened after we put our guns down: Reconceptualising the reintegration experiences of former female combatants in post conflict Sierra Leone." In this she seeks to develop a more dynamic and nuanced understanding of the extent to, and ways in which female combatant’s experience of conflict and social reintegration interventions has shaped their lives since they put “their guns down”.

Research Interests

Gender and development, feminist security studies, peace and conflict studies, post conflict reconstruction


Prof. Gabrielle Lynch, Dr. Julia Welland and Dr. Briony Jones

Scholarships and Grants

Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick: Scholarship (2018 - 2022)

British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA): Fieldwork funding - £1,000 (2019)

Monash - Warwick Alliance: PhD mobility grant - £2,000 (2019-2022)

Funds for Women Graduates (FfWG) – Foundation Main Grant: £4,200 (2022-2023)


Mentee to the 2021 Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme awarded by the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) - 2021


Baek, C.A., Cheve, G and Xie, K (2019) Toolkit for integrating a gender-sensitive approach into research. Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development.

Presentations and Workshops

December 2020 British International Studies Association (BISA) – Presenter for panel on (Un)realistic research expectations and the ‘superstar’ academic

May 2021 The Midlands African Studies Hub (MASH) Workshop – Presenter for panel on Research during the pandemic: Collaborating with research assistants & partners ethically

June 2022 Global South Initiative in collaboration with Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) Postgraduate Conference on Decolonising approaches to research/academia – Deputy Director of Initiative and Co-organiser of conference

June 2022 Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre - Guest speaker for Seminar series - Economic reintegration of Former Female Combatants in Sierra Leone

June 2022 Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre – PhD workshop on feminist methodology and feminist research ethics