Dr Emma Brannlund

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons); MSc; PhD
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 84544
  • Email:Emma.Brannlund@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr Emma Brännlund is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. Emma joined UWE Bristol in September 2016, where she has been teaching and leading a wide range of modules in Politics and International Relations, including gender studies, feminist security studies, South Asian politics and society, international relations theory, social movements, and research methods. She currently leads the undergraduate modules Gender and Global Politics, Identity, Agency and Violence in South Asia, Politics and IR Project and Placement, and Theories of Politics and International Relations. She also supervises dissertation students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Emma is the co-lead of the Global Security and Human Rights Research Theme (GSHR), a research cluster part of the larger Social Sciences Research Group (SSRG), that brings together a group of interdisciplinary researchers across the Department who are interested in contemporary issues concerning international peace and security, global development, global justice, global ethics, and human rights.

Interested in inclusive and decolonising approaches to teaching and curriculum development, Emma seeks to create a student-centred, interactive learning environment, informed by her own research, digital technologies, and critical pedagogy. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since March 2018.

Area of expertise

Emma completed her PhD at the Global Women's Studies Programme, NUI Galway, on women's activism in Kashmir. In her work, she is interested in understanding how security and conflict shape gender norms and practices. Her research interests include feminism and gender studies, international relations, in/security, South Asia, and research methods (particularly around narratives).

Emma's first monograph, Gender, Conflict and Political Activism: Telling In/Security in Kashmir, is due to be published by Routledge, in the book series War, Politics and Experience, in 2022.  The book is based on Emma's doctoral research and drawing on critical perspectives, which focus on the productive and meaning-making aspects of security, as well as on feminist concerns of everyday experiences of women, it seeks to unpack the role of in/security in women’s lives. The narratives convey the struggles and strategies of politically active women in Kashmir.

Methodologically, Emma is interested in practical and ethical aspects of fieldwork, interviewing and ethnographic research as well as arts-based, socially engaged research methods. She employs narrative inquiry and examines the role of stories in knowledge production, with particularly interest in thematic narrative analysis, which, by combining thematic analysis and narrative analysis, can be used to connect personal experiences to larger discourses. 

Emma is currently working on the following research projects: 

  • She is a Co-Investigator on a AHRC-funded Urgency Pilot Project "The Art of Healing in Kashmir". This project, led by Dr Michael Buser and in collaboration with Prof Julie Mytton (UWE Bristol), Dr Nicola Jane Holt, Dr Sara Penrhyn Jones (Bath Spa University), Dr Loraine Leeson (Middlesex University), Vikramjeet Sinha, and Anurupa Roy (Katkatha), explores how art-based therapies can support the wellbeing of children in areas of conflict


  • She is a Co-Investigator on British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Seed Fund together with Dr Toufic Haddad (Centre for British Research in the Levant) on the project "Building scholarly solidarity: Kashmir and Palestine." This project seeks to build alliances and collaborations between scholars and activists working on Kashmir and Palestine


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