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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Cat Wayland

Cat Wayland
Cat Wayland
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Critical Social and Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Methodology in political theory, Exclusion, Critical epistemologies, politics of knowldge production, Decolonisation, Intersectionality


Mihaela Mihai (Politics) & Radhika Govinda (Sociology)


My PhD project is situated at the intersection of theories of oppression and exclusion, methodology in political theory, and the global politics of knowledge production. I centre critical scholarship on disability, gender, and race from Southern perspectives and mobilise these to animate critiques of the ontologies and methodologies deployed in contemporary normative political theories.


2017-present - PhD Political Theory, University of Edinburgh

2016-2017 - MScR Politics, University of Edinburgh

2012-2013 - MA Political Philosophy (distinction), University of York

2009-2012 - BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (1st class honours), University of York

Funding and Awards

2019 - Student Experience Grant (with Kamya Choudhary) awarded £2615 for two art-based projects on decolonising knowledge production

2016-2020 - ESRC 1+3 Studentship

2013 - Geoffrey Heselton Dissertation Prize  (MA Political Philosophy)

2013 - Department of Politics Postgraduate Prize (MA Political Philosophy)

2012-2013 - Morrell Studentship for the MA in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration)

Teaching and Lecturing

2020, 2019 - Political Thinkers - Tutor

2019 - Gender, Marginality and Social Change - Lecturer (with Sarah Golightley), Feminism and Disability in Global Contexts


2019 - 'Theorising Disability from Margin to Centre' - paper presented at Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh

2019 - ‘Decolonising Research and Feminist Friendships: A Conversation Across Boundaries’ - paper presented with Kamya Choudhary and Marta Kowalewska at Decolonising Feminist Knowledge: Reflections on Research and Curriculum

2019 - 'The Ableist Republic' - paper presented at Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh

Community and Representation

2019-present - UCU Edinburgh SPS Postgraduate Contact

2017-2019 - Politics and IR Postgraduate Representative (with Emilia Belknap)