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Emilia Belknap

Emilia Belknap
Name
Emilia Belknap
Title
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Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
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Research Interests
Gender & International Relations, Gender Theory, gender and political institutions, Scottish Politics, Nationalism and National Identity, Devolution and constitutional change in the UK, Critical Feminism, Feminist Theories and Research Practices, North Korea, Migration and development, Chinese Foreign Policy, Intrastate Migration Policy, women and politics
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/politics_and_ir/emilia_belknap

PhD Title

What Do (Scots)women Want? : Exploring the relationship between Gender, Constitutional Change, and Scottish Independence

Research Summary

In the last two decades, Scottish women and men have experienced more referendums than ever before. Women are often homogenized into one voting identity regardless of background, race, age, nationality, and categorized as risk-averse conservative voters. Various surveys have been conducted in the last two decades in an attempt to reveal why Scottish women are less inclined to support independence and arguably nationalist political behaviours as a whole. Despite having prominent senior female politicians, Scottish politics is littered with gendered gaps in voting behaviour, representation, and support. This project investigates the puzzle of the way women vote in independence referendums. By focusing on Scotswomen and analyzing their relationship to national identity, constitutional preferences, and independence - this project explores their tendencies on an empirical level.

The primary focus of my research is developing a refreshed scholarly understanding regarding the relationship between women of sub-states, voting behaviour, and constitutional change. On a micro level, this research investigates the political gender gap in between Scotswomen and constitutional change like independence referenda. On a macro level, this research hopes to challenge the way we understand the relationship between sex, gender, gender identity, and voting behaviour by highlighting the significance of using a gendered lens in our methodological approaches.

Supervisors

Professor James Mitchell FAcSS, FRSE
Dr Meryl Kenny

Education Qualifications

Emilia Belknap submitted her MA Thesis for The University of Manchester's Politics Programme last September with an emphasis in International Relations. While sharpening her understanding of critically-orientated international relations, Emilia conducted qualitative research for her MA Thesis, "Escape to Exploitation: The Sex Trafficking of North Korean Female Migrants and China's Interstate Relations." While reading for her MA, Emilia developed a keen interest in gender and foreign policy and understanding how they blend together on the stage of the international political system. 

2016—MA Politics: International Relations, University of Manchester

  • Dissertation: "Escape to Exploitation: The Sex Trafficking of North Korean Female Migrants and China's Interstate Relations."

2013—BA English: Creative Non-Fiction Writing with Minors in Medieval History and French Language and Composition (Deans List 2013), University of Missouri: Columbia

Relevant Work Experience 

 Politics and Marketing Intern (2016)
     Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) 

Conferences
Paper Presenter at Research Through A Gendered Lens Conference (May 2018) 
     University of Stirling Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Network
     Gender, Law, and Politics Panel
     Putting the 'Gender' Back in the 'Gender Gap': The Scottish Case  

Paper Presenter at PRISM Conference (June 2018) 
     The Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland
     Panel 1
     Putting the 'Gender' Back in the 'Gender Gap': The Scottish Case  

Research Training
     
ECPR Methods Summer School 2018 - Budapest, Hungary
     Introduction to Experimental Methods Course (5 Days)

Research Projects 
Project Researcher - Vote100 Exhibition
   (May 2018-July 2018) The University of Edinburgh SOSS