Dr Lesley Pruitt joined the School of Social & Political Sciences (SSPS) at the University of Melbourne in 2020. A Truman Scholar and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Lesley completed her Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree at Arkansas State University and her Master of International Studies (Peace & Conflict Resolution) & PhD (Politics & International Studies) degrees at the University of Queensland.
Following her earlier time at the University of Melbourne, where she was previously as McKenzie Research Fellow from 2012-2014, Lesley returned to SSPS following appointments at RMIT University and Monash University. Lesley’s research focuses on recognising and enhancing young people’s participation in peacebuilding and advancing gender equity in efforts aimed at pursuing peace and security. In particular, she has long been interested in the ways young people participate in politics, peacebuilding, leadership, and development, including work with creative programs using activities such as music, dance, theatre, and filmmaking to bring young people together in advocating for social change. She has worked on related projects with a number of community based organisations and NGOs, such as the World YWCA, PLAN International, and International Women’s Development Agency.
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Many Conflicts, Many Paths To Peace?: A Gender-Sensitive Approach To Investigating And Sup..
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Closed due to ‘flooding’? UK media representations of refugees and migrants in 2015–2016 –..
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Making music in divided cities: Transforming the ethnoscape
Gillian Howell, Lesley Pruitt, Laura Hassler
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Community Music
In the phenomenon of the divided city – urban environments partitioned along ethno-religious lines as a result of war or conflict ..
Closed due to ‘flooding’? UK media representations of refugees and migrants in 2015–2016 – creating a crisis of borders
Journal article | 2019 | The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
This article reports on a discourse analysis of high circulation news media sources in the United Kingdom, around six key events r..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
Senior Lecturer In Development Studies
Social And Political Sciences
Professional Body Membership
The Australian Sociological Association
International Studies Association
Australian Political Science Association
Political Science and International Studies
The University of Queensland
International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution)
The University of Queensland
Arkansas State University