Columba Achilleos-Sarll is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Vienna and an affiliated Visiting Research Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs. She is currently working on a project on border security and migration using feminist and postcolonial approaches to security studies. She completed her PhD in 2021 at the University of Warwick, which was funded by the ESRC. Columba was previously a visiting researcher at the Centre for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and was the recipient of the 2019 ISA Global Development Studies Section Edward Said Award.
Her primary research examines the United Nation’s Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ (WPS) agenda, focussing in particular on the UK’s implementation and institutionalisation of the agenda and the role of networked civil society. Beyond the WPS agenda, Columba’s research extends to feminist and postcolonial theories of International Relations, feminist foreign policy, gender and security, the gendered nature of Brexit, UK foreign policy, and visual politics. Her research has been published in International Affairs, International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.
- University of Warwick, PhD funded by the ESRC, 2021
- University of Oxford, St Antony’s College, United Kingdom, MPhil–International Relations, 2011–2013
- University of Exeter, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Arts, Honours (First Class Honours)–History and International Relations, 2008–2011
- ‘“Seeing” the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda: Exploring the Visual Reproduction of WPS through UK Government National Action Plans.’ International Affairs, 96(6), (2020), pp. 1463-1663.
- With Yasmin Chilmeran, ‘Interrogating the “Local” in Women, Peace and Security: Reflections on Research on and in the UK and Iraq.’ International Feminist Journal of Politics, 22(4), (2020), pp. 596-605.
- 'Reconceptualising Foreign Policy as Gendered, Sexualised and Racialised: Towards a Postcolonial Feminist Foreign Policy (Analysis).’ Journal of International Women’s Studies, 19(1), (2018), pp. 34-49.
- With Benjamin Martill, ‘Toxic Masculinity: Militarism, Deal-Making and the Performance of Brexit.' In Dustin, Moira, Ferreria, Nuno, Milns, Susan (eds.) Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit, pp. 15-44 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Blogs & Other Publications (Selected)
- ‘Why Images Matter to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda’, International Affairs Blog – Medium, 2021, http://medium.com/international-affairs/why-images-matter-to-the-women-peace-and-security-agenda-562219d37cfd.
- ‘Interview–Columba Achilleos-Sarll’, E-International Relations, 2018, https://www.e-ir.info/2018/11/26/interview-columba-achilleos-sarll/.
- ‘Gendering Boris Johnson’s Cabinet Exit’, LSE Dahrendorf Forum, 2018, http://www.dahrendorf-forum.eu/gendering-boris-johnsons-cabinet-exit/.
- With Amy Galvin-Elliott. ‘Feminist Allies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Disorder of Things, 2018, https://thedisorderofthings.com/2018/05/30/feminist-allies-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/.
- ‘The WPS Agenda Requires a Complementary Approach to Foreign and Domestic Policy’, LSE WPS Blog, 2018, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/wps/2018/03/05/the-wps-agenda-requires-a-complementary-approach-to-foreign-and-domestic-policy/.
- ‘Deal or No Deal: The Hypermasculinity of the ‘Businessperson as Leader’ Rhetoric’, UCL European Institute Blog, https://ucl-brexit.blog/2017/06/12/deal-or-no-deal-the-hypermasculinity-of-the-businessperson-as-leader-rhetoric/ 2017, quoted in a New Statesmen blog, and in The Book of Man blog.
- ‘Where are the Women at the Big Boys’ Table?’ UCL European Institute Blog, 2017, https://ucl-brexit.blog/2017/06/26/where-are-the-women-at-the-big-boys-table/.