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 Hannah Richards

Hannah Richards

Research student,

Overview

I am an ESRC-funded PhD researcher in the Department of Politics and International Relations. My doctoral research investigates the relationship between the British military and human rights.


I first joined Cardiff in 2019 to complete an MSc in Social Science Research Methods. My dissertation examined the political activism of British military veterans in response to the Northern Ireland legacy investigations. Using a visual methodology, I explored how veteran activists are presented in the media and how these images interact with dominant discourses of British militarism.


I also hold an MA in Conflict, Security and Development (2017-2018) and a BA in Modern Languages (2011-2015) from the University of Exeter.

Research

Teaching

I have tutored on the following module(s):


20/21 PL9197- Introduction to Globalisation 

Thesis

An examination of human rights and British military identity

The term ‘human rights’ is routinely employed as a seemingly self-evident reference to the noble and timeless struggle of securing basic rights and freedoms for all individuals across the globe that has touched almost every aspect of international relations. However, the supposed ‘obviousness’ of human rights often serves to obscure the complexity and contested nature of the concept.


Academics and practitioners have long debated the legal dimensions of the relationship between human rights and the military. Consequently, studies tend to focus on the practical and strategic implications of the relationship. In contrast, this project considers human rights from a broader, cultural perspective and asks how human rights are understood by individuals within the Armed Forces. It will use accounts from those involved in constructing and enacting human rights norms to examine how these norms influence constructions of military identity.


By considering the dynamic between official MoD approaches and the experiences of service personnel, this project will provide insight into the complexities and discontinuities between the rhetoric and reality of human rights discourse. It will also examine how the military reacts to and is influenced by the continuing evolution of human rights norms, and the implications of this upon the institutional identity of the armed forces.

Funding source

ESRC

Supervisors

Huw Bennett

Dr Huw Bennett

Reader in International Relations

Victoria Basham

Dr Victoria Basham

Reader in International Relations

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