Dr. Columba Achilleos-Sarll
Affiliated Researcher

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.


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