Dr Cathryn (Cate) Morriss is a sociologist researcher, course coordinator & lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast Australia. Research and teaching interests include the fields of peace and conflict studies, sociology, refugees and migration,Pacific Island politics, international security, international community development,international politics, state policy and social cohesion, and gender and regional development studies. Dr Morriss is also an independent education consultant who has worked closely with Papuan and Indonesian education professionals to facilitate advanced professional learning on the topic of gender inclusive education. Having a strong commitment to women’s equality, she has been involved in a number of projects that support Asia-Pacific women into politics, facilitated workshops on gender inclusive approaches to peace-building, women and constitutional reform, and has worked as a gender advisor for youth and women’s community development organisations. Previous works include Gender and Inclusive Education: Managing the Education Environment (2011), Gender Inclusive Approaches to Peacebuilding: NGO Handbook for staff training (2008) and Feminist Theory in International Relations: A workbook and resources manual for NGO training (2008). Dr Morriss also write fiction,with a particular interest in historically located feminist themes. Her most recent fictional work includes the young reader’s fantasy novella 'Anastasia… a journey' (2012), based loosely on the life of infamous Irish pirate Grace O’Malley. Current research projects include refugee and detention policy in Australia, domestic violence,gender inequality and socio-cultural oppression.