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Trudy Fraser

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

Trudy Fraser
UNU Centre, Tokyo
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Dr. Trudy Fraser joined UNU-ISP as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2011. Dr. Fraser is interested in issues of international organisation, institutional reform, international law, human rights, and human security. More specifically, her work examines the ability of the UN Security Council to develop a workable human security agenda. Her first book, entitled The UN Today: Human Security in a World of States will be published by Palgrave Macmillan (UK) in 2013. She is also an editor (with Vesselin Popovski) and contributing author to a second book project examining the role of the UN Security Council as a global legislator.

Dr. Fraser also teaches on the UNU-ISP MSc programme, including two graduate workshops entitled Writing for Peace and Security (delivered in Spring 2012) and Political Science Methods: Interviewing (also delivered in Spring 2012), and a full graduate elective entitled Normative Challenges in International Relations (delivered Spring 2013). Dr. Fraser also serves as a faculty advisor to UNU Peace and Progress (UPP), a peer-reviewed student journal created and operated by the postgraduate students at UNU.

Prior to arriving in Tokyo, Dr. Fraser was a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, where she also taught International Law and American Foreign Policy. She has served as an expert consultant on UN reform for the United Nations Association of the UK and was the Jeannette Short Fellow on United Nations Reform at the World Federalist Movement—Institute for Global Policy. Prior to her PhD studies, Dr. Fraser was employed as a contract analyst with Jane's Information Group (London) and has worked as a newspaper reporter in Scotland, the United States, and Sri Lanka. She received her PhD in International Relations (2011) from the University of St Andrews, Scotland for a thesis entitled: ‘Reforming the United Nations: A Study of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change.’ Previously, she graduated M.A. (Honours) and M.Litt. (Distinction) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.