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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter explores scholarly contributions to the dialogue on women, peace, and security (WPS) and reveals the challenges faced by those conducting research on WPS. Some in this space identify as feminists, some as activists, and some even step into the policy world for brief moments. Scholarly research goals vary, from a focus on the development of the WPS architecture and the implementation of WPS policy, to explorations of the impact of the overall agenda on women’s lives. As the scholarship aims diverge, so too does the motivation behind the research and the ways in which the research intersects with advocacy, policy, and practice. Using survey data from those who claim to work in the WPS space, this chapter examines the positionality of this group of scholars (as individuals), the practical and ethical challenges that this group faces in conducting research on (and at times engaging in advocacy for) WPS, and the ways in which these scholars and their research intersect with WPS policy and politics.

Keywords: WPS dialogue, scholarship, motivations, research challenges, politics and policy

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