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Research interests

Post-Afghanistan, as the British Army moves to integrate gender perspectives, insurgencies remain a global threat. The ‘classical’ principles of counterinsurgency, synonymous with ‘hearts and minds’, derive from the Malaya campaign. Increasingly contested they have nonetheless shaped contemporary British strategy. Through my PhD study, I will be exploring the idea of ‘women as counterinsurgents’ through a Foucauldian genealogy, analysing a number of moments or events in British counterinsurgency campaigns from Malaya, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and contemporary operations. I recognize the way in which ‘women as counterinsurgents’ are constructed by multiple discourses from the global to the local. In challenging the idea of history as linear and progressive, I am acknowledging the messy way in which these discourses interact: support, overlap, connect, diverge and contradict. Deconstructing the various moments, I will analyse the underpinning power dynamics and uncover how particular discourses have dominated, proved transformative or been marginalised. I will conclude by examining how the discourses constructing women as counterinsurgents subsequent to each of these moments were used to support (or not to disrupt) hegemonic conceptions of counterinsurgency.

Education/Academic qualification

Security, Conflict and Justice, Master of Research, University of Bath

1 Oct 201530 Sep 2016

Award Date: 30 Sep 2016

International Liaison and Communication, Master of Arts, University of Westminster

1 Sep 200931 Oct 2012

Award Date: 31 Oct 2012

Aeronautics, Master of Engineering

1 Sep 200130 Jul 2005

Award Date: 31 Jul 2005

External positions

Co-Chair, Defence Research Network

1 Jan 2016 → …


  • Counterinsurgency
  • Women
  • Malaya
  • Northern Ireland
  • Afghanistan
  • Female Engagement Teams
  • Gender Advisors
  • Reflexivity
  • Genealogy


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