Dr. Joana Cook

Dr. Joana Cook is Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and a Research Associate in the Department of War Studies. Her research more broadly focuses on women in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices. Joana is also a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), and a Digital Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), Concordia University. She has previously worked with Public Safety Canada’s Research Affiliate Program (Kanishka); as Editor-in-Chief of Strife based out of the Department of War Studies; and as a journalist in Canada and southern Africa.

She has presented her research to senior government and security audiences in a number of countries, and at institutions such as the UN Security Council, NATO, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the UN. She has also been featured in media such as Time, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the New York Times and on BBC World News, CNN, Sky News, BBC Radio, the National Post and CBC amongst others. In May 2019 she did her first TEDx talk on women in security today.

She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Regina, an MA in Conflict, Security and Development, and PhD in War Studies (both from King’s College London). In 2016 she was a recipient of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF).


Cook, Joana. “A woman’s place: U.S. counterterrorism since 9/11.” Oxford University Press 2020.

Cook, Joana. “AQAP and ISIS after the war: eliminating the terrorist threat.” Book chapter in Post War Yemen (ed.) Noel Brehony and Saud al-Sarhan. I.B. Tauris (Bloomsbury). 2020.

Cook, Joana. “Human Security: A contribution to countering violent extremism.” Book chapter in Women and Human Security, edited by Richard Matthew, Gunhild Hoogensen and (the late) Patricia Weitsman. Ohio University Press. 2020.

Cook, Joana. “Winning hearts and minds? The evolution of AQAP governance efforts in Yemen.” ICSR major report. 2019. Available here.

Cook, Joana, and Gina Vale. "From Daesh to ‘Diaspora’II: The Challenges Posed by Women and Minors After the Fall of the Caliphate." Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel 12.6 (2019): 30-45. Available here.

Cook, Joana. "Women and terror after 9/11: the case of Islamic State." Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019.

Cook, Joana and Gina Vale. “From Daesh to diaspora, tracing the women and minors of Islamic State.” ICSR major report. July 2018. Available here.

Cook, Joana. “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Prevent.” Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security (GIWPS), Georgetown University. Occasional paper series. 2017. Available here.

Cook, Joana. “Shifting Priorities: How International Terrorism and the ‘War on Terror’ Reconstitute Security Agendas – Women, Counterterrorism and the Case of Yemen.” Book Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy, edited by Scott Romaniuk, et al. Palgrave MacMillan. 2017.

Cook, Joana. “Analyzing the formal and informal roles of women in security and justice in Yemen: Reflections for future considerations.” Canadian Network for the Study of Terrorism, Security and Society, Working paper series. No. 16-08. May 2016. Available here.

Cook, Joana. “Our main concern is security.” Women’s political participation, engagement in the security sector, and public safety in Yemen.” Book Chapter in Rebuilding Yemen: Political, economic and social challenges edited by Dr. Noel Brehony and Dr. Saud al Sarhan. Gurlach Press (Germany). 2015.