- 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, peacekeeping, Masculinities, The Military in Global Politics
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Wednesdays 9-11am
- 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)
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 femnist 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).
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.
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).
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
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
Bergeron, S, C Cohn and C Duncanson (2017) ‘Rebuilding Bridges: Toward a Feminist Research Agenda for Postwar Reconstruction,” Politics and Gender, forthcoming
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), ‘Hearts and Minds’? British Counterinsurgency from Malaya to Iraq, 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: