Staff Profile:Dr Georgina Holmes

Dr Georgina Holmes
Job Title:
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Seminar Tutor for Modern International Relations (PO2MIR)

Areas of Interest:

My research concerns the development of gender mainstreaming as a policy frame in global governance and issues around implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security). My current project, which is funded by The Leverhulme Trust, focuses on the integration of African female uniformed personnel in peace support operations.

A second research area explores the evolving gender dynamics in conflicts in the Great Lakes region of Africa. My book Women and War in Rwanda: Genocide, Media and the Representation of Genocide (2014, I.B Tauris) examines the use of gendered narratives about war and genocide in the public diplomacy of actors with strategic interests in the region, including governments, militia groups and diaspora groups.

Feedback and consultation hours:

  • By appointment
Research groups / Centres:


  • Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship (2016-2019)
  • British Academy Small Research Grant (2014-2015)

Academic affiliations

  • Honorary Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Co-Lead, Gender and Peacekeeping Research Cluster, West Africa Peace and Security Network (A partnership between the University of Quebec, University of Bonn, University of Portsmouth and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana)
  • Associate Chair, Africa Research Network, Department of War Studies, King's College London


2017 'The Commonwealth, Gender and Peacekeeping', The Roundtable: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 106:2 (forthcoming).

2017 'Gender and the Military in Post-Genocide Rwanda', in Women and Genocide, edited by Elissa Bemporad and Joyce W. Warren, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, (forthcoming).

2015 'Negotiating narratives of human rights abuses in conflicts in the east of Congo' in Image and Africa: creation, negotiation and subversion with a foreword by V.Y Mudimbe, edited by Julia Gallagher, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

2014 'Gendering the Rwanda Defence Force: A Critical Assessment', Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, December, 8:4, pp.1-13.

2014 Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide, London/New York: I.B Tauris.

2012 '"Living on gold should be a blessing, instead it is a curse": Mass rape and genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo', The RUSI Journal, December, 157:6

2011 'Did Newsnight miss the story? A survey of how the BBC's 'flagship political current affairs programme' reported genocide and war in Rwanda between April and July 1994'. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 6:2 August pp174-192

2011 'Rwanda and the Commonwealth: The evolution of the BBC's institutional narrative on the Rwandan genocide', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs October 100:416

2008 'The Postcolonial Politics of Militarizing Rwandan Women: An Analysis of the Extremist Magazine Kangura and the Gendering of a Genocidal Nation-State' Minerva: Journal of Women and War Volume 2, Number 2 / Fall 2008

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