Dr Paul Kirby is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub.
Paul’s research currently focuses on three topics: first, the politics of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, especially as it is conceived and practiced by states in the ‘global north’; second, feminist and gender theory in international relations, primarily explanations for wartime sexual violence but also more recently the history of feminist thinking about statecraft and the state; and third, the emerging governance of masculinity in global politics, as in efforts to reform or abolish ‘problematic’, ‘toxic’ or ‘hyper-’ masculinity.
Paul was previously Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sussex, and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security in 2016-2018. He has been a co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations (2014-2015), Millennium: Journal of International Studies for Volume 39 (2010-2011); a special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics on the topic of 'Rethinking Masculinities and Practices of Violence in Conflict Settings’ (2012, with Marsha Henry); and a special issue of International Affairs on ‘The Futures of Women, Peace and Security’ (2016, with Laura Shepherd). Also with Laura Shepherd, he is co-editor of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security’s working paper series, and co-editor of New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020, with Soumita Basu and Laura Shepherd).
- (with Laura J. Shepherd) ‘Women, Peace and Security: Mapping the (Re)Production of a Policy Ecosystem’, Journal of Global Security Studies, forthcoming 2020.
- ‘Sexual Violence in the Border Zone: The European Union, the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Carceral Humanitarianism in Libya’, International Affairs, forthcoming 2020.
- (co-edited with Soumita Basu and Laura Shepherd) New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (Bristol University Press, 2020), including the co-authored opening chapter ‘Women, Peace and Security: A Critical Cartography’)
- ‘The Body Weaponized: War, Sexual Violence and the Uncanny’, Security Dialogue, Vol. 51, No. 2-3, 2020.
- ‘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).
- ‘Political Speech in Fantastical Worlds’, International Studies Review, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2017.
- (with Laura J. Shepherd) ‘The Futures Past of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda’, International Affairs, Vol. 92, No. 2, 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.