Dr Paul Kirby

Dr Paul Kirby

Associate Professorial Research Fellow

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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

About me

Dr Paul Kirby is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and a Co-Director of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub.

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 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 under contract with Columbia University Press is a book on the growth and fracturing of the field, titled Governing the Feminist Peace: Vitality and Failure in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

Paul has provided evidence to Parliamentary committees on WPS and open access issues and written on these topics for Foreign Policy, wonkHE, e-IR and the Oxford University Press blog, as well as on LSE’s own sites. Before joining the Gender, Justice and Security Hub, Paul was Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sussex. He has authored the gender chapter in the Baylis, Smith and Owens textbook The Globalization of World Politics for the last three editions and been a co-editor of European Journal of International Relations (2014-2015) and Millennium: Journal of International Studies for Volume 39 (2010-2011) as well as special issues of International Feminist Journal of Politics (2012) and International Affairs (2016). With Laura Shepherd, he was previously co-editor of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security’s working paper series.

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Expertise Details

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