Dr Paul Kirby

Dr Paul Kirby

Assistant 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 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).

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Expertise Details

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