Public engagement

Keynote speaker

Podcasts and webinars

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Public Impact

  • 2020 – Cited by “Political Violence at a Glance” as a Top Read for 2020 (“A Woman’s Place”)
  • 2020 – Shortlisted for the British International Studies Association (BISA) Susan Strange Best Book Prize for “A Woman’s Place: US Counterterrorism Since 9/11.”
  • 2019 – Shortlisted for King’s Award, “Most Outstanding Contribution to Media Engagement Award.” King’s College London.
  • 2019 – Shortlisted for “Women of the Future” award (Commonwealth category). 
  • 2019 – TEDx talk, “A woman’s place in security.” London, UK
  • 2018 – Crowning Achievement Award. Young Alumni of the Year, University of Regina. 
  • 2017 – Selected and profiled as a “CBC Top 40 under 40.
  • 2017 – “The Fight Against Terrorism.” Degrees Magazine. Fall/Winter 2017. Vol. 29. No. 2. Feature article profiling my research in University of Regina Alumni Magazine.  

Presentations, briefings, lectures (select)

  • “Misogyny: The Extremist Gateway?” UNDP Prevention of Violent Extremism, Oslo III, 15 June 2021.
  • A Woman’s Place: Interview with Dr. Joana Cook,” Johns Hopkins University, 11 February 2020.
  • Dr. Joana Cook on U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11,” CSS Speaker Series, Georgetown University Center for Security Studies. 5 February 2020,
  • “Women in counterterrorism and security sector reform, Gulf Research Center Foundation, CARPO (EU-funded). 2019: July (Brussels); September (Berlin); September (Baghdad); December (Hague) 
  • “Post-conflict counterterrorism in Yemen,” King Faisal Centre, December 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • NATO Engages, “NATO: Military Structure.King’s College London. 26 November 2019.
  • “Women in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Workshop,” NATO-Centre of Excellence-Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT). May 27-28, 2019. Ankara, Turkey.
  • “Incorporate gender considerations in their criminal justice response to violent extremism and terrorism.” UNODC. Vienna, Austria. January 15 – 17, 2019
  • “Preventing violent extremism leading to terrorism and returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters through rule of law-based criminal justice approaches.” UNODC. Tokyo, Japan. December 17-18, 2019.
  • “Gendered Dynamics of Mobilization, Recruitment and Prevention: A Comparative Approach” at conference: “Partnering in Practice: Preventing Social Polarizations.” Public Safety Canada, TSAS, etc. Edmonton, Alberta. November 30 – December 3, 2018.
  • “The role of women in terrorism.” The Cambridge Union, Cambridge University. Cambridge, UK. 23 November 2018.
  • “Sandhurst Trends in International Conflict Series. ‘Violent non-state actors in Modern Conflict’ The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK. November 15, 2018
  • “The changing face of conflict.” Project for the Study of the 21st Century. Whitehall, London, UK. October 2, 2018.
  • “From Daesh to Diaspora: Tracing the women and minors of Islamic State.” The Global Coalition Against Daesh (Strategic Communications Cell). September 26, 2018.
  • All-of-State approaches to prevent and counter international terrorist networks and foreign terrorist fighters.” UNODC, Terrorism Prevention Branch. Erbil, Iraq. September 17-19, 2018.
  • “The gender dimension of radicalization.” Committee on Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. September 19. 2018. Paris, France (presentation delivered remotely via video call).
  • “From Daesh to Diaspora: Tracing the women and minors of Islamic State.” UN Security Council. Presenting research by me and Gina Vale. Session: “Secretary General’s Briefing to the Security Council on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts. New York, U.S.A. August 22, 2018. We were the first civilians ever to brief this session.
  • “From Daesh to Diaspora: Tracing the women and minors of Islamic State.” UN-CTED and UK Mission to the UN. New York, U.S.A. August 23, 2018
  • “From Daesh to Diaspora: Tracing the women and minors of Islamic State.” NYPD (with Gina Vale). New York, U.S.A. August 23, 2018.
  • “Women research symposium.” UN-CTED and UN Women. New York, U.S.A. July 18, 2018
  • “Women and counterterrorism since 9/11.” Keynote lecture at Hertford College for Hillary Term, Oxford University. February 14, 2018.
  • “Engaging social movement theory to analyze the impact of women in Daesh.” Presentation at Oxford University. Conference: “The Lure of Jihad: Propaganda and the Construction of Jihadi Identities.”  June 28, 2016.
  • “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges” Book launch, European Council of Foreign Relations, London, UK. November 12, 2015. 
  • “Our Main Concern is Security” Book launch for “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges.” King Faisal Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. October 5, 2015.
  • “State security reforms: A consideration of Yemen’s security forces and the role of women in relation to state security and stability.” Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University, UK. August 24 – 27, 2015.
  • “Women and Extremism” Webinar presentation with Strife and the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. Online. May 26, 2015.
  • Shifting Priorities: How International Terrorism and the ‘War on Terror’ Reconstitute Security Agendas – Women, Counterterrorism and the Case of Yemen.” London School of Economics, March 30, 2015.
  • “Women in extremism, countering violent extremism.” 2015 Graduate Student Workshop, Kanishka Project Research Affiliate Program (RAP), Public Safety Canada, Government of Canada. Ottawa, Canada. March 27, 2015.
  • “Women in violent extremist organizations.” Presentation at The International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). London, UK. March 24, 2015.
  • “‘Our main concern is security.’ A critical examination of the relationship between women’s political participation, engagement in the security sector, and public safety in Yemen.” Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University, UK. August 25 – 28, 2014.
  • “The Fog of Peace” Former Undersecretary General of UN, Giandomenico Picco, and Oxford Research Group Middle East Manager Gabrielle Rifkind, King’s College London, May 14, 2014.