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Claire Duncanson

Claire Duncanson
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)

Biographical Statement

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, in particular, masculinities, to current international issues, such as military interventions, peacebuilding and nuclear proliferation.

Her latest 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). She has also published widely in academic journals.

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 member of the International Politics Research Group, the Gender Politics Research Group, and the Just World Institute. She is also an active member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Selected Publications

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 military masculinities, gender and peacekeeping/peacebuilding, 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:

PhD in Politics