Vanessa Newby is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University with the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs - Institute of Security and Global Affairs. Vanessa’s research interests include peacekeeping, peacebuilding, informal institutions, gender and security and the international relations of the Middle East.
Vanessa has a BSc Honours in Psychology from the University of Westminster, in the UK and an MA and PhD in International Relations from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Her thesis was completed in 2014 and examined the factors that influence the security environment of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Vanessa’s book ‘Peacekeeping in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation’, examines the role of credibility in peacebuilding. Previously Vanessa was a research fellow at the Australian National University and an affiliated scholar with the American University of Beirut. She is an Arabic speaker and has spent over ten years researching in the Middle East. Vanessa’s research interests include peacekeeping, peacebuilding, informal institutions, gender and security and the international relations of the Middle East.