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Dr Helen Berents


Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia



Helen’s research is interested children and youth, peace and conflict, and local responses to violence and insecurity. She draws on feminist international relations, critical peace studies, and the sociology of youth to inform her work on representations and participation of children and youth in peace and conflict, everyday approaches to peacebuilding, the political agency of young people, and local-global relations in peace and security governance.



Berents, H & Mollica C. 2021. “Reciprocal Institutional Visibility: Youth, Peace and Security and ‘inclusive’ agendas at the United Nations’, Cooperation and Conflict. 57(1): 65-83

Berents, H. 2020. '“This is my story”: Children's war memoirs and challenging protectionist discourses', International Review of the Red Cross, 101(911, Children and war): 459-479.

Berents, H. 2020. 'Politics, policy-making and the presence of images of suffering children', International Affairs, 96(3): 593–608

Berents H. 2019. “Apprehending the ‘Telegenic Dead’: Considering images of dead children in global politics’. International Political Sociology. 13(2): 145-160.

Pruitt, L, Berents H, & Munro G. 2018. “Gender and Age in the Construction of Male Youth in the European ‘Migration Crisis”. Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society 43(3): 687-709.

Berents H. 2018. Young People and Everyday Peace: Exclusion, Insecurity and Peacebuilding in Colombia. New York: Routledge

Berents, H. 2016. “Hashtagging Girlhood: #IAmMalala, #BringBackOurGirls, and gendering representations of global politics”. International Feminist Journal of Politics 18(4): 513-527.

Berents, H. 2015. “Children, violence, and social exclusion: Negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio”. Critical Studies on Security, 3(1): 90-104.

Berents, H. 2014. "'It’s about finding a way': Children, sites of opportunity, and building everyday peace in Colombia”. International Journal of Children’s Rights. 22(2): 362-384


Feminist international relations, critical peace studies, politics of childhood, political agency, global peace and security governance
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