Amra Lee
MA Social Science (Peace and Conflict) (Sweden), MA App Anth (ANU), GradDip Legal Practice (ANU), B.Arts/Law (ANU), Dip International Humanitarian Law (ICRC)

Amra is a current PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations ANU and former Rotary Peace Fellow at Uppsala University Sweden (2018-19). Amra brings advanced protection, humanitarian and conflict expertise drawing on 16 years’ professional experience working for the United Nations (UN), the Australian Government and international Non-Government Organisations across a range of crisis contexts and regions. Recent professional positions include Senior Humanitarian Adviser with the Australian Mission to the UN New York (2023) and Head of Program for the World Food Program Pacific (2020-21), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2020). Amra brings post graduate qualifications in anthropology, peace and conflict, law and qualitative research to her analytical work.

Country and regional experience includes the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon), Asia-Pacific(Afghanistan, Philippines, Fiji, Bangladesh-Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands), Central Africa (DRC) and West Africa (Mali). 

Current member of the UNDP-DPPA Peace and Development Adviser, RedR Humanitarian and UNFPA Gender Based Violence in Emergencies rosters. Previously deployed as a Senior Protection Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Lebanon (2016-17) through the former DFAT Australian Civilian Corps program.

Research Interest

Amra’s PhD research seeks to improve understanding of the protection practice for civilians in situations of UN Security Council inaction with the objective of informing more evidence-based prevention and response measures. Broader research interests and experience span humanitarian protection and access, displacement, intersectional vulnerability, and peace and conflict studies.