Dr Paul Kirby is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub.
Paul’s research focuses on the politics of the Women, Peace and Security agenda; the various manifestations of the claim that rape is a ‘weapon of war’; and critical international political theory, especially feminist and gender theory. Some of his publications on these themes are detailed below. On the GCRF Hub, Paul will pursue two projects, one on contemporary security governance and responses to sexual and gender-based violence, and the other on efforts to reform or abolish ‘problematic’ strains of masculinity in international politics.
Paul was previously a Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sussex, and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security during 2016-2018. He has been a co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (with Marsha Henry) a special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics on the topic of 'Rethinking Masculinities and Practices of Violence in Conflict Settings’, and more recently (with Laura Shepherd) a special issue of International Affairs on ‘The Futures of Women, Peace and Security’, marking 15 years since UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Also with Laura Shepherd, he is editor of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security’s working paper series, and, with Laura Shepherd and Soumita Basu, editor of the forthcoming New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press).
- ‘Gender’, in John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds.) The Globalisation of World Politics (Oxford University Press, 8th edition, 2019).
- ‘Homo Interruptus’, in Marysia Zalewski and Paula Drummond (eds.) Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics (Routledge, 2018).
- (with Laura J. Shepherd) ‘The Futures Past of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda’, International Affairs, Vol. 92, No. 2, 2016.
- ‘Masculinities’, in Jill Steans and Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (eds.) Handbook of Gender in International Relations (Edward Elgar. 2016).
- ‘Acting Time; Or, The Abolitionist and the Feminist’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2015.
- 'Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and Its Critics', International Affairs, Vol. 91, No. 3, 2015.
- 'How is Rape a Weapon of War? Feminist International Relations, Modes of Critical Explanation and the Study of Wartime Sexual Violence', European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2013.
- 'Refusing To Be A Man? Men's Responsibility for War Rape and the Problem of Social Structures in Feminist and Gender Theory', Men and Masculinities, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2013.
- (with Marsha Henry) 'Rethinking Masculinity and Practices of Violence in Conflict Settings', International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2012.