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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Thomas Charman

Thomas Charman
Thomas Charman
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Gender, gender and international relations, gender based violence, sexual violence, Gender and conflict, Masculinities, Militarised Masculinities, Sexual violence against men, Feminism, Poststructuralism, Discourse Analysis, Frame Analysis


Dr. Claire Duncanson

Dr. Zoe Marks

Summary of Research

My research focuses on the ways in which sexual violence against men in times of armed conflict has been discursively constructed by both non-governmental organisations and international legal institutions. Adopting a poststructuralist, Discourse-Theoretical approach, I analyse documents produced by NGOs and international legal institutions with the aim of problematising and developing a critical perspective on the discourses produced and reinforced by these texts.


Charman, Thomas. (2018) "Sexual Violence or Torture?: The Framing of Sexual Violence against Men in Armed Conflict in Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Reports." In Sexual Violence against Men in Global Politics, edited by Marysia Zalewski, Paula Drumond, Elisabeth Prugl and Maria Stern, p.198-210. Abingdon: Routledge.

Conference Papers

Charman, Thomas. (2017) Discourse, Sexual Violence, and International Law: A Discourse-Theoretical Approach to Analysing the Articulation of Sexual Violence against Men in International Legal Decisions. Presented at EISA 11th Pan-European Conference September 13-16 2017, Barcelona

Charman, Thomas. (2016) The Construction of Sexual Violence against Men in Conflict: Towards an Understanding of Non-Governmental Organisation Reporting and Framing Processes. Presented at ISA Annual Convention March 16 - 19 2016, Atlanta

Teaching Experience


PLIT08004: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (Tutor)

PLIT08004: Study Skills (Tutor)

PLIT10094: Global Security (Tutor)


PLIT08004: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (Tutor)

PLIT08004: Study Skills (Tutor)


PLIT08004: Study Skills (Tutor)

Grants and Awards

2014 - ESRC +3 Studentship - Politics and International Relations pathway (Open competition)

2012 - Swansea University Postgraduate Scholarship


MA International Relations - Swansea University

BA (Hons) Politics - Swansea University


International Studies Association

European International Studies Association