Soumita Basu
Associate Professor
Department of International Relations

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  • PhD in International Politics from University of Wales, Aberystwyth , in 2009
  • MSc in International Relations from University of Bristol , in 2002
  • BA (Hons.) Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi , in 2001

Awards & Honours

  • Research Fellowship (invited) at the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2023; non-residential.
  • Senior Guest Professorship (invited) at the Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University of Würzburg, Germany (funded by DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service), November 27 - December 22, 2017

Recent Publications

  • 'Gendered Dimensions of the United Nations Security Council: Some Notes in View of India's Eighth Term (2021-22)' in Nutan Kapoor Mahawar and Ankita Dutta (eds.), Women and Power: Gender within International Relations and Diplomacy, New Delhi: Macmillan Education and Indian Council of World Affairs, 2022.
  • 'Women, Peace and Security' in Tarja Väyrynen, Swati Parashar, Élise Féron and Catia Confortini (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research,  2021 (with Akhila Nagar).
  • 'Health Crises on the UN Security Council's Agenda: What Does It Mean for Global Health?' Strategic Analysis, 44:5, 2020 (with João Nunes).
  • New Directions in Women, Peace and Security, Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2020 (co-edited volume, with Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd).
  • 'Introduction to the special section on “feminist perspectives on diplomacy”', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 21:1, 2019.
  • "Conclusion" in Manuela Scheuermann and Anja Zürn (eds.), Gender Roles in Peace and Security. Prevent, Protect, Participate, Springer, 2019.
  • 'Feminist Experiences of "Studying up": Encounters with International Institutions', Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 47:2, 2019 (with Georgina Holmes et al).
  • 'Seeking "a new, differently defined realist school of thought": Ambassador Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Head of Mission at the Representative Office of Finland in Ramallah, in conversation with Soumita Basu', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 21:1, 2019 (with Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen).
  • "Security Council Resolution 1325: Toward Gender Equality in Peace and Security Policy Making" in Betty A. Reardon and Asha Hans (eds.), The Gender Imperative: Human Security versus State Security, 2nd edition, New Delhi and Abingdon: Routledge, 2018 (first edition published in 2010).
  • "The United Nations, Women, and Gender" in Robert Denemark et al (eds.), The International Studies Compendium Project, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; re-published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, 2018, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.356 (initially published in 2013).
  • 'Gender in International Relations: Interdisciplinary Advancements in the Study of Conflict" in Patrick James and Steve A. Yetiv (eds.), Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (with Maya Eichler).  
  • 'Prevention in Pieces: Representing Conflict in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda', Global Affairs, 3:4-5, 2017 (with Laura J. Shepherd).
  • ‘Reconceptualising Regional Security in South Asia: A Critical Security Approach’, Security Dialogue, 48:5, 2017 (with Monika Barthwal-Datta).
  • 'South Asian Peacekeeping: Regional Possibilities',  The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 106: 1, 2017.
  • 'The UN Security Council and the Political Economy of the WPS Resolutions', Politics & Gender, 13:4, 2017.
  • "The United Nations" in Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds.), Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices, New York: Oxford University Press, 2017 (with Geoffrey Wiseman) (first edition published in 2013).  
  • 'Weakest "P" in the 1325 Pod?: Realizing Conflict Prevention through UN Security Council Resolution 1325', International Studies Perspectives, 18: 1, 2017 (with Catia C. Confrontini).
  • ‘Civil society actors and the implementation of Resolution 1325 in India’ in Asha Hans and Swarna Rajagopalan (eds.) Openings for Peace: Women and Security India and ‘1325’, New Delhi: SAGE, 2016.
  • "Gender as National Interest at the UN Security Council", International Affairs, 92.2, 2016.(FEATURED IN: Virtual issue: 70 years of the United Nations in International Affairs, ed. Thomas G. Weiss and Danielle A. Zach, 2018)
  • 'The Global South Writes 1325 (Too)', International Political Science Review, 37: 3, 2016.
  • ‘United Nations Policies on Gender and War’ in Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen (eds.) Handbook of Gender and War, London: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016.
  • ‘Land, Water and Food’, in Laura J. Shepherd (ed.) Gender Matters in Global Politics, 2nd ed., London/New York: Routledge, 2015 (with Monika Barthwal-Datta).

  • ‘Forum Essay 6: Emancipatory Potential in Feminist Security Studies’, International Studies Perspectives, 14: 4, 2013.

  • "Security as Emancipation" in Laura J. Shepherd (ed.) Critical Approaches to Security: Theories and Methods, London: Routledge, 2012 (with Joao Reis Nunes).
  • "Security as Emancipation: A Feminist Perspective" in J. Ann Tickner and Laura Sjoberg (eds.), Twenty Years of Feminist International Relations: A Conversation about the Past, Present and Future, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Book review of Rita Manchanda (eds.). 2017. Women and Politics of Peace: South Asia Narratives on Militarization, Power and Justice. New Delhi: Sage Publications, Seminar, No. 698, 2017.
  • Book review of Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl. 2015. The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy. New York: Columbia University Press, International Affairs, 93: 1, 2017.
  • Book review of Lesley J. Pruitt. 2016. The Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing, and the UN's First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit. Oakland, CA: University of California Press; and, Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley. 2017. Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-conflict States. New York: Oxford University Press, International Affairs, 94:3, 2018.
  • Book review of ‘Hilkka Pietilä. 2007. The Unfinished Story of Women and the United Nations. New York: United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 11: 1, 2009.

Research Interests

  • Critical Security Studies
  • Feminist International Relations
  • The United Nations
  • Global Governance
  • UN Security Council Resolutions on Women and Peace and Security

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