Nicola commenced her doctoral studies in 2019. Her research examines the impact of experienced foreign fighters in armed groups. In particular, it focuses on the role of knowledge transfer - the sharing of experience and skills between veteran foreign fighters and the groups they join - and the variation of this process between groups. This research focuses on the impact of ‘Arab Afghan’ volunteers during the Soviet-Afghan War in subsequent armed groups.
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.
The Impact of Knowledge Exchange between Armed Groups