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Research

Again stolen from Joao, Ben R, and Nick:

Research interests and areas of PhD supervision

  • Security Studies: My main field of specialization and my current field of research. I have engaged with a number of critical approaches to security, including 'security as emancipation,' poststructuralism, feminism, securitization theory and international political sociology. I have also done research on the materiality of security and the relationship between security and freedom. Finally, I am interested in discourses of food security and their broader political implications.
  • The Global Politics of Health: The next step in my research agenda. I have done exploratory research on the politics of health, i.e., the political assumptions and implications of understandings and practices of health/disease. In the future, I plan to focus on the transformative potential of health social movements.
  • Critical Theory and poststructuralism: The philosophical underpinnings of my research on security and health. I am particularly interested in the work of Theodor Adorno, Axel Honneth, Nancy Fraser, Michel Foucault and Judith Butler.
  • Gender Studies: A crucial theoretical resource for my work on security and health. I am interested in feminist debates about the body, materiality, and the notion of experience. More broadly, I am interested in understanding the production of silences and exclusions in International Politics.
PhD students

Submitted:

  • Sarah Bulmer, Teaching Fellow in International Relations, Department of Politics, University of Exeter (2007-2011). 'Securing the Gender Order: Homosexuality and the British Armed Forces'. Departmental scholarship, Department of Politics, University of Exeter (primary supervisor with Dr Anna Green).

In progress:

  • Rhian Sewell (from October 2010) 'British Military Interventions 1997–2010 and the Just War Tradition' (secondary supervisor with Dr Steven Kettell).
  • Katti Steenland (from April 2011), 'The Politics of Consumerism'. WPRS scholarship (co-supervisor with Dr James Brassett and Dr Dominic Kelly).
  • Maurice Stierl (from October 2011) 'The Changing Nature of Borders, Migration, and Security'. WPRS scholarship (co-supervisor with Dr James Brassett).
  • Hidefumi Nishiyama (from October 2011) 'Biometric Borders in European and East Asian Contexts'. East Asian Research Fellowship (primary supervisor with Professor Chris Hughes).
  • Tanvi Pate (from October 2011) 'A Discourse Analysis of US Nuclear Policy Towards India' (co-supervisor with Dr Trevor McCrisken).
  • Victoria Pereyra Iraola (from October 2011) 'Female Incarceration and Human Security in Argentina'. WPRS scholarship (secondary supervisor with Professor Shirin Rai).
  • Georg Lofflmann (from October 2011) 'Visions of Grand Strategy and Critical Geopolitics' (co-supervisor with Professor Stuart Croft).

Research initiatives

  • Co-convenor of the workshop The Arab Spring: Implications for Security and Democracy Promotion, 24-25 November 2011, University of Warwick. Click here for more information.
  • Convenor and chair of roundtable '30 Years of Critique: Critical Theorizing in World Politics,' British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 28 April 2011.
  • Convenor of the Security as Emancipation Discussion Group, April 2009, Aberystwyth University.
  • Co-convenor of the Security Research Group, September 2007 – August 2008, Aberystwyth University.
  • Co-convenor of the 4th National Conference of Students of International Relations, April 2001, New University of Lisbon.
  • Co-convenor of the Political Science and International Relations Research Group, November 2000 – November 2001, New University of Lisbon.

Organisational Links

In 2008 I became the UK representative of Ethical Sugar, a non-governmental organisation which campaigns for better social and environmental standards in the sugar industry. In this voluntary role I have written discussion papers on the relationship between sugar cane and development and helped co-ordinate the group’s stakeholder forums.

In 2009, via my position with Ethical Sugar, I was elected to the Management Committee of the multi-stakeholder roundtable Bonsucro. From 2010, I have remained in touch wth the organisation and attended a 2011 ISEAL Conference on their behalf. Bonsucro have designed the world’s first sustainability standard by which to certify mainstream sugar and ethanol production.

I have provided information on the sugar industry to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics for their report on biofuels, as well as to the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Conference and workshop participation

As paper presenter

  • 'Health, Security and Emancipatory Politics,' paper presented at the British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 28 April 2011.
  • 'Domination and Government: Reconsidering Power in Critical Security Studies,' paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, 19 March, 2011.
  • 'Exploring the Health-Security Nexus: Towards an Emancipatory Approach,' paper presented at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 30 November 2010.
  • 'Power, Freedom and the Politics of Security,' paper presented at the Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 2 February 2010.
  • 'Defining Power and Freedom: Critique and Political Transformation in Security Studies,' paper presented at the British International Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Leicester, UK, 16 December 2009.
  • 'Modernity and Security: The Contribution of the Sociological Critique,' paper presented at the I Encontros de Portalegre conference, Portalegre, Portugal, 11 September 2009.
  • 'Critical Security Studies and the Problem of Truth,' paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New York, USA, 15 February 2009.
  • 'Rethinking Emancipation: Subjectivity, Knowledge and Power in Critical Security Studies,’ paper presented at the International Politics Research Seminar, Aberystwyth University, UK, 12 February 2009.
  • 'The "Real" and the "True" in Critical Security Studies,' paper presented at the World Security Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick, UK, 12 June 2008.
  • 'Materiality and Truth in the Critical Security Studies Project,' paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, 28 March 2008.
  • 'An Appraisal of "Security as Emancipation,"' paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA, 27 March 2008.
  • 'From Emancipation to Utopia? Normativity and Transcendence in Critical Security Studies,' paper presented at the British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK, 19 December 2007.
  • 'Politics, Security, Critical Theory: A Contribution to Current Debates on Security,' paper presented at the Standing Group on International Relations 6th Pan European Conference, Turin, Italy, 15 September 2007.

As discussant

  • 6th Aberystwyth-Lancaster Colloquium, Aberystwyth University, UK, 6 June 2008. I discussed three papers providing poststructuralist discussions of identity.

Peer review

  • Reviewer for journals Security Dialogue and Relações Internacionais.
  • Manuscript reviewer for Routledge.