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Claire Duncanson

Claire Duncanson
Dr Claire Duncanson
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Rm 4.24 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4624
Research Interests
Gender, gender and international relations, International peacebuilding, International Peace and Security, gender and security, Feminism, Masculinities, The Military in Global Politics, feminist political economy, feminist political ecology, Women, peace and security agenda

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesdays 11am to 1pm


  • PhD Politics (University of Edinburgh)
  • MPhil Peace Studies (Trinity College Dublin)
  • MA Political Philosophy (Univeristy of York)
  • BA Hons Combined Social Science (University of Durham)

Biographical Statement

Claire has been a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh since 2009. Prior to her academic career, she worked for a variety of human rights and international development NGOs, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000 and Global Perspective.

Research Interests and Teaching

Claire's research interests lie at the intersection of international security, IR theory and gender politics. Her work applies new theoretical insights about feminism, gender, and masculinities to current international issues, such as military interventions, peacebuilding and nuclear proliferation.

Her recent book, Gender and Peacebuilding, with Polity Press (2016) assesses the Women, Peace and Security agenda and calls for more feminist attention on the political economy of building peace.  She has also published on gender and military issues, including a monograph on Forces for Good? Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and, co-edited with Rachel Woodward, the Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Military (Palgrave Macmillan 2017; read more about it here). 

Claire has taught a wide variety of courses at the University of Edinburgh, including Global Politics of Sex and Gender (GPSG), International Security, International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (ICEB), War and Justice, and Contemporary Feminist Thought. She now teaches an undergraduate honours option, Gender, Peace and Security, and a postgraduate option Gender, War and Peacebuilding.

Claire is a convenor of the Gender Politics Research Group, and member of the International Relations Research Group. She is also an active member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

She is an affiliated researcher with the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, working on the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace project:

Selected Publications

Duncanson, Claire. (2018) "Beyond liberal vs liberating: women’s economic empowerment in the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security agenda." International Feminist Journal of Politics Published online: 16 Oct 2018

Duncanson, C and V Farr (2019) “Afghanistan: The First Test of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda” in Jacqui True and Sara Davies (eds), The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bastick, M and C Duncanson (2018) "Agents of Change? Gender Advisors in NATO militaries," International Peacekeeping 25: 4, 554-577.

Bergeron, S, C Cohn and C Duncanson (2017) ‘Rebuilding Bridges: Toward a Feminist Research Agenda for Postwar Reconstruction,” Politics and Gender 13:4, 715-721

Woodward R and Duncanson C (2017) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Duncanson, C and R Woodward (2017) “Introduction” to Woodward and Duncanson (eds) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Duncanson, C (2017) “Anti-militarist approaches to Gender and the Military” in Woodward and Duncanson (eds) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Duncanson, C, N Jenkins and R Woodward (2017) “Military Memoirs” in Woodward and Duncanson (eds) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Woodward, R and C Duncanson (2016) ‘Gendered Divisions of Labour in the British Armed Forces’ Defence Studies, 16:3, 205-228

Duncanson, C and R Woodward (2016) "Regendering the Military; theorising women’s military participation" Security Dialogue, 47:1, 3-21

Duncanson, C (2016) Gender and Peacebuilding, Cambridge: Polity Press 

Duncanson, C (2015) "Hegemonic Masculinity and the Possibility of Change in Gender Relations." Men and Masculinities  18:2, 231-248 

Duncanson, C (2013) Forces for Good? Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq, Palgrave Macmillan

Cornish, H and Duncanson, C, (2012) “Feminist Perspectives on British COIN” in Paul Dixon (ed),  The British Approach to Counterinsurgency: From Malaya and Northern Ireland to Iraq and Afghanistan, Palgrave Macmillan 

Duncanson, C (2010) "Do Forces for Good contain Real Men?  Military Masculinities in the British Army on Operations Other Than War," in Annika Bergman-Rosamond & Mark Phythian (eds), War, Ethics and Justice: New Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World , Routledge

Duncanson, C (2009)"Forces for Good? Narratives of Military Masculinity in Peacekeeping Operations," International Feminist Journal of Politics, Volume 11:1

Duncanson, C & Eschle, C (2008) "Gender and the Nuclear Weapons State: A Feminist Critique of the UK Government's White Paper on Trident", New Political Science, 30:4, 545(special issue on Alternative Globalizations: Challenges to Neoliberalism, Empire, and Militarism). [co-authored on an equal basis]


Topics interested in supervising

I welcome enquiries about supervision in all aspects of gender and International Relations, including gender and peacekeeping/peacebuilding, Women, Peace and Security, feminist political economy in post-war contexts, military masculinities, gender and foreign policy and gender and nuclear weapons.

If you are interested in being supervised by Claire Duncanson, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics