Laura Skillen

Laura is part-time Director of External Relations at IMI. She is also a full-time PhD Researcher in International Relations, investigating political blame, emotions, and populism.

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Director of External Relations
International Mediation Institute
Belgium
English, Spanish, Russian

Laura fills two roles at IMI, both engaging external stakeholders for fundraising and communications, and managing and developing IMI's IT infrastructure and websites. Originally from Australia, Laura is presently based most of the year in Brussels, where she is undertaking her PhD in International Relations. She brings a wealth of experience from the private and public sectors, where she has worked in corporate governance, project and portfolio management, and IT. Laura holds degrees in management and in politics and international relations, and has a Masters degree in EU External Relations. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or ResearchGate.

  • 'Building walls with blame: Trump as "victims' champion"' (Presented at ISA-West in Los Angeles, September 2018)
  • 'Librul tears', self-victimisation, and the politics of blame under Trump (Presented at International Political Studies Association World Congress in Brisbane, July 2018)
  • 'Feels over reals: Political blaming and the connection between emotions and group identity' (Presented at 'Words, Images and Ideology of Populism 3.0', University of Naples L'Orientale, February 2018)