I joined Strathclyde in 2000 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007. I obtained my DPhil in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, my MSc (Econ) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and my BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol. My research and teaching focus on the activities and aspirations of social movements and their implications for the discipline of International Relations, with particular interests in feminist theory and practice and in peace movement politics.
I currently teach the honours level class Feminism and Politics, and the Masters classes, Debating International Relations Theory and Feminism and International Relations, as well as supervising dissertation and thesis research.
I welcome applications for PhDs in areas broadly connected to my research on feminist theory and practice, social movement politics in general and particularly in relation to debates in International Relations theory, and contemporary anti-nuclear and anti-austerity movements.
My research interests include:
- Feminist theory and practice;
- Social movement politics more generally, and sociological scholarship on movements;
- International Relations theory.
My main research project currently is entitled Protest Camps in Scotland: Remaking Place, Politics and Gender at Faslane and Occupy.
This research project investigates the Faslane peace camp (ongoing) and Occupy Glasgow/Edinburgh camps (of Autumn 2011) and seeks to document the identities, aspirations and practices of participants at the camps, with the aim of drawing out their similarities and differences, and of allowing comparisons with protest camps and anti-austerity/anti-nuclear struggles elsewhere. On the basis of semi-structured interviews with campers (and archival research in the case of Faslane), I am enquiring into the extent to which the camps been shaped by their local as well as global contexts, the identities and aspirations articulated within the camps, and their gendered dynamics. Lastly, I am also interested in why the Occupy camp was shortlived while Faslane camp survives today. I am currently completing papers on feminist narratives of the end of Occupy, Faslane peace campers as everyday security practitioners, and the politics of space, place and 'the everyday' in protest camps.
I have also been conducting research under the rubric of Gender, Feminism and (Anti-)Nuclear Politics in the Post-Cold War World. This on-going project takes as its starting point the Cold War feminist argument that the nuclear state is sustained in part through gendered identity claims and rhetoric – and that anti-nuclear struggle must therefore challenge and recreate gendered relationships and symbolic systems. I aim to update this argument for the post-Cold War world, both theoretically and empirically. To this end, I seek to think through the implications for scholarship and activism opposed to nuclear weapons of recent anti-essentialist feminist arguments about multiple masculinities and femininities, shifting in their character and impact over time and space, produced through anti-nuclear politics rather than preceding it. And I am particularly interested in tracking shifting feminist influence on the embodied protest tactics, normative visions and identifications of anti-nuclear activists. In this connection, I have published articles critiquing British nuclear policy and reframing the relationship between women and anti-nuclear activism. More recently I have presented a couple of conceptual papers on feminism and (anti-)nuclear politics at academic workshops, and (drawing on the empirical research undertaken for the first project described above) I am completing a paper on gendered identities at Faslane peace camp.
Finally, I am beginning research on the Peace Movement in Scotland; I have written a book chapter on opposition to Trident Renewal in Scotland and have a paper in development on Scottish anti-nuclear activism in the 1980s. This research aims to correct Anglo-centric histories of the British peace movement.
- European Political Research Council General Conference
- Workshop entitled ‘Critical Peacebuilding: Feminist Interventions’.
- International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference
- Third Annual Conference of the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group, ‘Global Nuclear Order: Power, Challenges and Responses’,
- 22nd International Conference of Europeanists
- ECPG conference on Gender and Politics
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