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DR Megan MacKenzie

Megan is Professor and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security in the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her research bridges feminist theory, critical security studies, and critical/post development studies. Megan published on topics including sexual violence in war, truth and reconciliation commissions, military culture, images and international relations, and women in combat. She is author of, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight.

Women in Combat
DR Mackenzie will provide a review of combat exclusion policies and the findings of research into the experiences of the US military’s first female Infantry Officers. DR MacKenzie will also give an overview of her research into military sexual violence within the Australian, Canadian and US Defence Forces.

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Erica Dill-Russell

Erica Dill-Russell is a Research scientist with the NZDF Defence Technology Agency Operations Analysis Section. She has worked for the NZDF since 2010 and has completed an operational tour of Afghanistan during that time. Erica holds a Bachelors of International Business from Otago University and a Masters in International Security from Massey University. Her research interests focus on operational gender, culture and the implementation of diversity to increase operational capability.

The NZ Female Engagement Team
Erica will give an overview of her research into the NZ Army’s first Female Engagement Team

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Dr Kate Lewis

Major Amy Brosnan

DR Kate Lewis

Dr Kate Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. She is also a Visiting Professor at Plymouth Marjon University. Kate holds a number of editorial roles including as Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Massey University People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research Group, and an external Research Associate of both the New Zealand Work Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology & the New Zealand Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Research Centre at Massey University. Her research has spanned multiple sociological dimensions of the nature of work – including significant tranches of research focused on gender and work and the uniqueness of the small firm as a work context. More recently the focus of her research has been on the meaning of work and the implications of the work experience for identity development.

Major Amy Brosnan

Amy enlisted into the NZ Army in January 1997, graduating from Officer Cadet School into the Royal New Zealand Signals Corps. During her career Amy has undertaken a number roles in both the Signals and Education corps’ of the NZ Army, and is currently posted to Army General Staff. In her current role Amy is the project lead for the joint Massey/Army Rebalancing NZ Army project. Amy completed a Masters of Management in 2015 and is now studying towards a PhD in Defence and Security Studies.

Leadership Experiences of Senior Women in the NZ Army
DR Lewis will provide a review of research conducted by herself and Major Amy Brosnan in 2017 which explored both the leadership challenges and career enablers of senior women officers and warrant officers of the NZ Army.

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