Columba Achilleos-Sarll is an Affiliated Researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Politics. She is also a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) In Political Science and International at the University of Birmingham. She was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Vienna and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She completed her PhD in 2021 at the University of Warwick, which was funded by the ESRC. She has been shortlisted or the recipient of a number of research prizes, including being shortlisted for the 2021 International Affairs early career prize, awarded the 2019 ISA Global Development Studies Section Edward Said Award, and shortlisted for the 2017 Feminist Studies Association Prize.
Columba Achilleos-Sarll’s primary research examines the United Nation’s Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ (WPS) agenda. She focuses in particular on the UK’s implementation and institutionalisation of the agenda and the role of networked, and transnational, civil society advocacy drawing from feminist and post/decolonial approaches to International Relations. Beyond the WPS agenda, Columba’s research extends to feminist foreign policy, gender, race and security, the gendered nature of Brexit, border security, and visual politics. Her research has been published in International Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies. She has also written a number of blogs and opinion pieces.
- University of Birmingham, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Science & International Studies , 2021-Present
- University of Vienna, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021
- 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/.