Staff Profile:Dr Georgina Holmes

Name:
Dr Georgina Holmes
Job Title:
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Responsibilities:

Convenor for P03UNI: The United Nations in the International System

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). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy, I am currently engaged in a five-year comparative research project which explores how female uniformed personnel are trained and socialised as peacekeepers by Troop Contributing Countries and examines the intended and unintended consequences these socialisation processes have on women’s integration in UN/AU peace operations. Theoretically, the project contributes to theorising norm diffusion and implementation and explores methodological issues around conducting feminist research within Global South and Global North security institutions. So far, I have developed case studies with the Rwanda Defence Force; Rwanda National Police; Ghana Armed Forces and the British Army.

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 (2013, 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, human rights activists and Rwandan and Congolese diaspora groups.

Prior to completing my PhD, I spent 10 years working in public relations and strategic/organisational change communications, including five years in the UK's Department of Health.

Feedback and consultation hours:

  • By appointment
Research groups / Centres:
Publications:
Qualifications:
BA Honours, University of Warwick
MA, University of Warwick
PhD, SOAS

Grants

  • The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): Pump Priming Grant (2017-2018)
  • Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship (2016-2019)
  • British Academy Small Research Grant (2014-2015)

Academic affiliations

  • Founding member and Co-Chair of the British International Studies Association Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group (2018-)
  • 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
  • Honorary Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London (2013-2015)

Publications

2019

David Duriesmith and Georgina Holmes. 'The masculine Logic of DDR and SSR in Rwanda', Security Dialogue, Vol 50, Issue 4, 2019

Georgina Holmes. 'Situating agency, embodied practices and norm implementation in peacekeeping training', International Peacekeeping, 26:1 (2019), pp. 55-84. Part of a Special Issue on Norms and Practices in Peacekeeping edited by John Karlsrud and Kseniya Oksamytna

Georgina Holmes and Ilaria Buscaglia. 'Re-branding Rwanda's peacekeeping identity after 1994', Rwanda After 1994: Stories of Change, edited by Hannah Grayson and Nicki Hitchcott, (Liverpool University Press, 2019) (In press).

Georgina Holmes. 'Enhancing operational effectiveness? Pre-deployment training for tactical-level Rwandan female military peacekeepers', War Amongst the People, edited by David Brown, Donette Murray, Malte Riemann, Norma Rossi and Martin A. Smith (Howgate Publishing, 2019) (In press).

2018

Georgina Holmes, Katharine A.M. Wright, Soumita Basu, Matthew Hurley, Maria Martin de Almagro, Christine Cheng. 'Feminist experiences of 'studying up': encounters with international institutions', Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 47:2 (2018), pp. 210-230.

Georgina Holmes. 'Gender and the Military in Post-Genocide Rwanda', in Women and Genocide: Victims, Perpetrators, Survivors, edited by Elissa Bemporad and Joyce W. Warren, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018).

Georgina Holmes. 'Teaching the United Nations, Gender, and Critical Pedagogy', Peace Review, 30:3 (2018), pp. 285-294.

David Curran; Georgina Holmes and Philip Cunliffe. 'Peacekeeping after Brexit', RUSI conference report, 2018. https://rusi.org/publication/conference-reports/peacekeeping-after-brexit

2017

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

2015

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

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

2013

2013 Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide, London/New York: I.B Tauris.

2012

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

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

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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Contact Details

Email:
g.holmes@reading.ac.uk
Building:
Edith Morley 403

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