Dr Paul Kirby

Post:Lecturer in International Security (International Relations, International Development)
Location:ARTS B B374

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678032
International:+44 1273 678032

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Paul joined the Department of International Relations in September 2012. His research focuses predominantly on feminist theories of wartime sexual violence. Paul has also worked on policy responses to gender violence in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and has a particular interest in the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. 

Paul's other work has focused on pop culture and the politics of fantasy, on gendered attributions of responsibility for violence, and on critical war and security studies. In recent years he has also taken a close interest in arguments about open access, one product of which is a recent guide to 'Open Access in the Social Sciences'.

Paul was previously a co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations (2014-2015), one of three editors of Millennium: Journal of International Studies for Volume 39 (2010-2011), co-editor of a special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics on the topic of 'Rethinking Masculinities and Practices of Violence in Conflict Settings' (published in December 2012), and most recently with Laura Shepherd co-editor of a special issue of International Affairs marking the 15 years since UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which inaugurated the 'Women, Peace and Security Agenda'. Also with Laura Shepherd, he is editor of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series.

For the 2017/18 academic year Paul will be on leave from Sussex as Research Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.


Lecturer in International Security

Member, Centre for Advanced International Theory

Member, Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research

Member, Centre for Gender Studies