Staff Profile:Dr Georgina Holmes

Dr Georgina Holmes
Job Title:
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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.

Research groups / Centres:
  • Founding member and Co-Chair of the BISA 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

Research grants / Awards:

  • 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)


Honorary Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London (2013-2015)

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  • Holmes, G. (2020) Feminist institutionalism. In: Oksamytna, K. and Karlsrud, J. (eds.) United Nations Peace Operations and International Relations Theory. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9781526148872




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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.

2013: 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 by Attrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The RUSI Journal, December, 157:6

2011: 'Did Newsnight Miss the Story? A Survey of How the BBC's 'Flagship Political Current Affairs Program' Reported Genocide and War in Rwanda Between April and July 1994Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 6:2 August pp.174-192

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

BA Honours, University of Warwick
MA, University of Warwick

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