School of Social and Political Science

Dr Claire Duncanson

Job Title

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

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Room number

Rm 4.24

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Research interests

Research interests

Gender, Gender and international relations, International peacebuilding, International peace and security, Gender and security, Feminism, Masculinities, Feminist political economy, Feminist political ecology, Women, Peace and security agenda

Claire's current work aims to bring a feminist analysis to the political economy of building peace. She is the author of a range of and a range of publications on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, including Gender and Peacebuilding, with Polity Press (2016), which called for more feminist attention on the political economy of building peace. Claire works with Carol Cohn at the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights on the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace and Planet Project, co-authoring "Whose Recovery? IFI Prescriptions for Postwar States" in Review of International Political Economy (2019), "Women, Peace and Security in a Changing Climate" in the International Feminist Journal of Politics (2020), and "Feminist Critical Engagements with Green New Deals (2023) in Feminist Economics. Shorter pieces from the project include:

Securitizing Climate Change: How to Not Think about the Climate Crisis | IPI Global Observatory (theglobalobservatory.org)

Natural resources and the prospects for gender-just sustainable peace | OpenGlobalRights

Re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic? The UK Government and the WPS agenda in a time of climate crisis | LSE Women, Peace and Security blog

Women, war and climate change | War Resisters' International (wri-irg.org)

How the Women, Peace and Security agenda must change in response to the climate crisis   — International Feminist Journal of Politics (ifjpglobal.org)

Feminist Engagements with Green New Deals Infographic | The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights (genderandsecurity.org)

Claire has also been working with the Scottish Council on Global Affairs, the Scottish International Development Alliance and the Scottish Government on the development of a feminist approach to Foreign Policy. She has co-authored a report for Climate Exchange and the Scottish Government on the links between International Climate Justice, Gender and Conflict, and a short piece on ways in which a Covid recovery plan which works for women also works for the planet. 

Claire is an active member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and has co-authored with fellow WILPF member Vanessa Farr on the implementation of the WPS agenda in Afghanistan for Sara Davies and Jacqui True’s Oxford Handbook on the WPS Agenda.

Earlier work focused on gender, militaries and militarisation, 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; read more about it here). 

Claire has taught a wide variety of courses at the University of Edinburgh, including Global Politics of Sex and Gender (GPSG), International Security, War and Justice, and Contemporary Feminist Thought. She now teaches an undergraduate honours option, Gender, Peace and Security, and a postgraduate option Gender, War and Peacebuilding. She guest lectures on Introduction to Politics and International Relations, and Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World.

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

She is an affiliated researcher with the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, working on the Feminist Roadmap for Sustainable Peace project: https://genderandsecurity.org/feminist-roadmap-sustainable-peace

Topics interested in supervising

I welcome enquiries about supervision in all aspects of gender and global politics, including feminist political economy in post-war contexts, feminist approaches to foreign policy, gender and peacebuilding, the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, and feminist approaches to security, including nuclear weapons.

If you are interested in being supervised by Claire Duncanson, please see the link below for more information:

Background

Qualifications

  • PhD Politics (University of Edinburgh)
  • MPhil Peace Studies (Trinity College Dublin)
  • MA Political Philosophy (University 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.

Selected Publications

Carol Cohn & Claire Duncanson (2023) "Critical Feminist Engagements with Green New Deals," Feminist Economics, 29:3, 15-39, DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2023.2184844

Carol Cohn and Claire Duncanson “Creating just, inclusive feminist economies to foster sustainable peace” in Megan Mackenzie and Nicole Wegner, Feminist Solutions for Ending War, Pluto Press, 2021

Carol Cohn and Claire Duncanson (2020) “Women, Peace and Security in a Changing Climate” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 22:5, 742-762

Carol Cohn and Claire Duncanson (2020) “Whose Recovery? IFI Prescriptions for Post War States” Review of International Political Economy, 27:6, 1214-1234

Claire Duncanson and Vanessa Farr (2019) “Afghanistan: The First Test of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda” in Jacqui True and Sara Davies (eds), The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Duncanson, Claire. (2018) "Beyond liberal vs liberating: women’s economic empowerment in the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security agenda." International Feminist Journal of Politics Published online: 16 Oct 2018

Bastick, M and C Duncanson (2018) "Agents of Change? Gender Advisors in NATO militaries," International Peacekeeping 25: 4, 554-577.

Bergeron, S, C Cohn and C Duncanson (2017) ‘Rebuilding Bridges: Toward a Feminist Research Agenda for Postwar Reconstruction,” Politics and Gender 13:4, 715-721

Woodward R and Duncanson C (2017) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Duncanson, C and R Woodward (2017) “Introduction” to Woodward and Duncanson (eds) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Duncanson, C (2017) “Anti-militarist approaches to Gender and the Military” in Woodward and Duncanson (eds) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Duncanson, C, N Jenkins and R Woodward (2017) “Military Memoirs” in Woodward and Duncanson (eds) Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, Palgrave Macmillan

Woodward, R and C Duncanson (2016) ‘Gendered Divisions of Labour in the British Armed Forces’ Defence Studies, 16:3, 205-228

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

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

Staff Hours and Guidance

Wednesdays 11am to 1pm

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Critical feminist engagements with Green New Deals. Feminist Economics. 2023;29(3):15-39. Epub 2023 Apr 11. doi: 10.1080/13545701.2023.2184844
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Natural resources and the prospects for gender-just sustainable peace. OpenGlobalRights. 2022 Nov 17.
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic? The UK Government and the WPS agenda in a time of climate crisis. 2022.
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Securitizing climate change: How to not think about the climate crisis. IPI Global Observatory. 2022 Oct 12.
Duncanson C, Bastick M, Funnemark A. International climate justice, conflict and gender – Scoping study. The University of Edinburgh, 2022. 60 p. doi: 10.7488/era/1880
Bergman Rosamond A, Duncanson C, Gentry C. Opinion paper: Scotland the Brave? An authentic, ambitious and accountable Feminist Foreign Policy. 2022. 18 p.
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Extractivist economies and the prospects for gender-just sustainable peace. 2022. Paper presented at Women, Climate, and Insecurity Conference.
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Natural resource extraction and the prospects for gender-just sustainable peace. 2022. Paper presented at ISA 2022 Annual Convention, Nashville, United States.
Cohn C (Author), Duncanson C (Author). Feminist Engagements with Green New Deals: Are They Green Enough, New Enough, & Who Gets the Raw End of the Deal? Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights. 2022.
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Create just, inclusive feminist economies to foster sustainable peace. In MacKenzie M, Wegner N, editors, Feminist Solutions for Ending War. London: Pluto Press. 2021. p. 181-199
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Whose recovery? 2021.
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Women, peace and security in a changing climate. In Shepherd LJ, editor, The Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Place, Space, and Knowledge Production. 1st ed. Routledge. 2021
Cohn C, Duncanson C, Corres J, Lee K, Sandys L, Corti MA et al.. Inclusivity in green recovery. 2021. Paper presented at Climate Exp0. doi: 10.33774/coe-2021-v5md1
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Women, peace, and security in a changing climate. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2020 Nov 24;22(5):742-762. Epub 2020 Nov 24. doi: 10.1080/14616742.2020.1843364
Cohn C, Duncanson C. Whose recovery? IFI prescriptions for post-war states. Review of International Political Economy. 2020 Apr 8. Epub 2020 Apr 8. doi: 10.1080/09692290.2019.1677743
Duncanson C. Masculinities, war and militarism. In Gottzén L, Mellström U, Shefer T, editors, Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies. Routledge. 2019. (Routledge International Handbooks).
Duncanson C, Farr V. Testing the women, peace and security agenda: The case of Afghanistan. In Davies SE, True J, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security. Abingdon, UK: Oxford University Press. 2019. p. 553-568. (Oxford Handbooks). Epub 2018 Dec. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190638276.013.42
Duncanson C. Beyond liberal vs liberating: Women’s economic empowerment in the United Nations’ Women, Peace and Security Agenda. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2019 Jan 30;21(1):111-130. Epub 2018 Oct 16. doi: 10.1080/14616742.2018.1518725
Bastick M, Duncanson C. Agents of change? Gender advisors in NATO militaries. International Peacekeeping. 2018 Jul 10;25(4):554-577 . Epub 2018 Jul 10. doi: 10.1080/13533312.2018.1492876
Duncanson C. [Review of] Gender, UN Peacebuilding and and the Politics of Space: Locating Legitimacy, by Laura J. Shepherd. Ethics & International Affairs. 2018 Jun 8;32(2):251-253. doi: 10.1017/S0892679418000357
Bergeron S, Cohn C, Duncanson C. Rebuilding Bridges: Toward a Feminist Research Agenda for Postwar Reconstruction. Politics & Gender. 2017 Dec 1;13(4):715-721. Epub 2017 Nov 24. doi: 10.1017/S1743923X17000368
Duncanson C. Women, Insecurity and Violence in a Post-9/11 World, by Bronwyn Winter. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2017 Nov 15;20(1):112-114. Epub 2017 Nov 15. doi: 10.1080/14616742.2017.1400207
Duncanson C. Anti-Militarist Feminist Approaches to Researching Gender and the Military. In Woodward R, Duncanson C, editors, The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. p. 39-58 Epub 2017 Jun 25. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-51677-0_3
Woodward R, Duncanson C, Jenkings KN. Gender and Military Memoirs. In Woodward R, Duncanson C, editors, The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. p. 525 - 542 Epub 2017 Jun 25. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-51677-0_32
Woodward R, Duncanson C. An Introduction to Gender and the Military. In Woodward R, Duncanson C, editors, The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. p. 1-20 Epub 2017 Jun 25. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-51677-0_1
Woodward R, (ed.), Duncanson C, (ed.). The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 580 p. Epub 2017 Jun 25. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-51677-0
Woodward R, Duncanson C. Gendered divisions of military labour in the British armed forces. Defence Studies. 2016 Sept;16(3):205-228. Epub 2016 May 9. doi: 10.1080/14702436.2016.1180958
Duncanson C. Gender and Peacebuilding. 1 ed. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016. 240 p.
Duncanson C, Woodward R. Regendering the military: Theorizing womens military participation. Security Dialogue. 2016 Feb 1;47(1):3-21. Epub 2015 Dec 8. doi: 10.1177/0967010615614137
Duncanson C (Performer), Bell C (Performer), Anders G (Performer), Marks Z (Photographer). Women, Peace And Security – Research Agendas Political Settlements Research Programme. 2015.
Duncanson C. Hegemonic Masculinity and the Possibility of Change in Gender Relations. Men and Masculinities. 2015 Jun;18(2):231-248. Epub 2015 May 11. doi: 10.1177/1097184X15584912
Duncanson C. Book review: Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig (eds). Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2014;16(4):675-77. Epub 2014 Dec 1. doi: 10.1080/14616742.2014.959857
Duncanson C. Forces for Good? Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 216 p. (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies).
Duncanson C, Cornish H. A Feminist Approach to British Counterinsurgency. In The British Approach to Counterinsurgency: From Malaya and Northern Ireland to Iraq and Afghanistan. 2012. p. 147-172 doi: 10.1057/9781137284686.0011
Duncanson C. Ethics, Gender and Forces for Good: Military Masculinities in British Soldiers’ Accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan. In Bergman-Rosamond A, Phythian M, editors, War, Ethics and Justice: New Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World. Routledge. 2011. p. 91-111
Duncanson C. Forces for Good? Narratives of Military Masculinity in Peacekeeping Operations. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2009 Mar 1;11(1):63-80. doi: 10.1080/14616740802567808
Duncanson C, Eschle C. Gender and the Nuclear Weapons State: A Feminist Critique of the UK Government's White Paper on Trident. New Political Science. 2008;30(4):545-563. doi: 10.1080/07393140802518120
Duncanson C. Forces for Good: Changing Military Masculinities in the UK Armed Forces. 2006. 45 p.