Dr Paul Kirby

Dr Paul Kirby

Visiting Senior Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
Sexual violence; Gender; Women, Peace and Security agenda; War Studies

About me

Dr Paul Kirby is a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations at LSE.

Paul is currently engaged in three overlapping research projects: a first on the politics of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, especially as it is conceived and practiced by states in the global north; a second on the history of feminist reformulations of foreign policy and statecraft; and a third on the emerging governance of masculinity in global politics, as in efforts to reform or abolish ‘problematic’, ‘toxic’ or ‘hyper-’ masculinity. He has also worked on feminist explanations for wartime sexual violence and occasionally on pop cultural politics and open access. 

Recent publications include ‘The Future of UK’s Women, Peace and Security Policy’ (with Hannah Wright and Aisling Swaine, 2022), New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020, co-edited with Soumita Basu and Laura Shepherd); ‘Sexual Violence in the Border Zone’, on the limits of the European Union’s gender action in Libya; and a new analysis of eighteen years of the Women, Peace and Security ecosystem, co-authored with Laura Shepherd. Also with Laura Shepherd and forthcoming in 2024 is Governing the Feminist Peace: Vitality and Failure in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (Columbia University Press).

Research Centre affiliation

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Not available to supervise PhD students


Expertise Details

Sexual violence; Gender; Women; Peace and Security agenda; War Studies