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Katy Harsant

About Me

I am a PhD student in the Sociology department at Warwick. I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology with a specialism in research methods at Warwick in 2010. Although my degree involved a strong focus on methods, I also developed an interest in social theory and particularly issues around human rights and international relations. I went on to complete a Masters degree in Social Research in 2011, also in the Sociology department at Warwick. Again, there was a strong focus on developing my skills in a variety of research methods, but also in exploring issues around postcolonialism and understanding difference.

I am a member of the Social Theory Centre, based in the Sociology department and I have previously been the Chair of the Student Staff Liaison Committee for Postgraduate Research Students.

My Research

'Selective Responsibility: The United Nations and Intervention'

My research explores the role of the notion of 'responsibility' within United Nations policies on intervention. Using archival material and a methodological approach from historical sociology, I am looking at the mechanisms that allow for the selective enforcement of current United Nations policies with regards to military intervention. I argue that from the outset, the United Nations as an institution was grounded in unequal colonial power relations and that these unequal relationships are legitimated through the idea of responsibility, allowing for neocolonialism in contemporary contexts.

Supervisors: Gurminder K. Bhambra and Goldie Osuri

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (via the Warwick Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre)

Katy Harsant


Department of Sociology

Twitter: @k_harsant