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Dr Victoria Basham

Dr Victoria Basham

Reader in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 4360
3.10, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


Victoria Basham’s research interests lie in the field of Critical Military Studies at the intersections of feminist international relations, critical geopolitics and international political sociology. Her work seeks to explore how war, and war preparedness, shape people’s daily lives and how daily life can, in turn, influence and facilitate war and other geopolitical outcomes. She is particularly interested in how gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and social class shape the prioritisation, use and perpetration of military force, especially in liberal democratic societies.

In 2015, Victoria became the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Critical Military Studies (Taylor & Francis) which she co-founded (

Victoria is the co-editor of the Edinburgh University Press book series, Advances in Critical Military Studies, with Dr Sarah Bulmer at the University of Exeter (

Victoria was also the President of the European International Studies Association ( between 2017 and 2019. In 2017 she also served as Programme Chair (with Dr Cemal Burak Tansel at the University of Sheffield) of the EISA's 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, held in Barcelona, Spain (

Alongside Dr Simone Tholens, Victoria co-directs the Cardiff Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies. 


Prior to joining Cardiff (in January 2016), I worked at the University of Exeter (from September 2009) and before that, spent several years at the University of Bristol obtaining my undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Politics (2002), completing my PhD on gender, race and sexuality in the British Armed Forces (2007), and carrying out an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008), during which I was also a Visiting Fellow at the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), Toronto, Canada.












I am currently engaged in an agenda of collaborative research. My primary projects focus on: 

- Critical Engagment with the Defence Establishment (GW4 Network Lead) 

- Military scandals and inquiries (with Owen Thomas, University of Exeter)

- Museums, curation and militarism (with Audrey Reeves, Virginia Tech) 

- Popular and elite narratives of insecurity in the London Bridge terror attack and Grenfell Tower disaster (BA Small Grant funded, with Owen Thomas, University of Exeter and Rhys Crilley, Glasgow University)

- Scandals in international relations (with Jamie Johnson, University of Leicester and Owen Thomas, University of Exeter)

I am also conducting ongoing work on children in international relations and on war and intergenerational injustice. 


  • Critical military studies
  • Critical approaches to war and peace (feminist, postcolonial and IPE) 
  • Militarism, militarization and insecurity 
  • Miitary scandal and conduct 
  • Children in international relations  
  • Curation and cultures of war and militarism 
  • Discourse analysis, ethnography and qualitative interview research pertaining to critical military studies and critical security studies

Current supervision

Nicola Lester

Research student

Past projects

I have extensive experience as a PhD supervisor and examiner.