Nicola Mathieson

PhD Candidate


BA(Hons) (International Studies) RMIT, MPhil (International Relations) Oxon

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Nicola commenced her doctoral studies in 2019. Her research examines knowledge exchange between armed groups. In particular, her PhD project focuses on the extent that knowledge exchange affects group behaviour and dynamics across conflicts and time. This research focuses on the dispersal of Arab volunteers to the Soviet-Afghan War to subsequent armed groups and conflict.

Nicola previously worked in the Victorian Government in the Ministerial Office for the Prevention of Family Violence and the Minister for Women, overseeing the implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy and the inaugural Victoria Against Violence Campaign. She received her BA (Hons) in International Studies from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and her MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Thesis topic

The Impact of Knowledge Exchange between Armed Groups


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