Dr Hannah Wright

Dr Hannah Wright

Research Officer

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Key Expertise
Feminist theory, masculinities, critical security studies, militarism

About me

Hannah a Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, editing the Centre’s working paper series and working with Dr Paul Kirby on a project analysing the history, present and possible futures of UK government Women, Peace and Security policies. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Department of Gender Studies, as well as teaching on courses on Civil and Political Rights and Social Justice and Policy Analysis at King’s College London. More broadly, Hannah’s research interests focus on the relationships among gender, race, class, militarism, coloniality and state violence.

Hannah completed her ESRC-funded PhD in Gender at LSE (Department of Gender Studies, 2021). Her doctoral research was an ethnographically-influenced study of organisational cultures in UK government departments responsible for national security policymaking. Based on in-depth interviews and participant observation with civil servants working on Women, Peace and Security, counterterrorism, and diversity and inclusion, the study examined how racially-coded and classed constructions of masculinity and femininity are performed and produced in the everyday working lives of security policymakers, and how this shapes policy discussions.

Prior to re-joining academia, Hannah worked on gender, peace and security in a variety of research and policy roles. Most recently, she was an adviser on gender and conflict issues for the international peacebuilding NGO Saferworld, where her work focused on understanding how gender and other intersecting axes of power shape conflict dynamics and peacebuilding practice. She was also a member of the management committee for the Gender Action for Peace and Security UK network, and has been engaged with UK and international policy processes on Women, Peace and Security for more than a decade in various capacities.

Selected publications

Selected blogs and op-eds


Expertise Details

Feminist theory; masculinities; critical security studies; militarism