Dr Victoria Basham

Dr Victoria Basham

Reader in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

Email:
bashamv@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4360
Location:
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 and now co-edits with Dr Huw Bennett here at Cardiff (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rcms20).

Victoria is also co-editor of the Edinburgh University Press book series, Advances in Critical Military Studies, with Dr Sarah Bulmer at the University of Exeter (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/series-advances-in-critical-military-studies.html).

Victoria is also the President of the European International Studies Association (http://www.eisa-net.org/) 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 (http://www.paneuropeanconference.org/2017/).

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.

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I currently teach on the level 2 module, Gender, Sex and Death and on the level 3 modules, The Politics of Violence and Killing and War and Society. 

My current projects focus on: 

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

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

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

- How young people in British Overseas Territories experience and understand security, citizenship and nation (with colleagues from Newcastle, Lancaster and Royal Holloway). 

I have also been working on an ESRC-Ministry of Defence grant over the past 4 years with Dr Sergio Catignani at the University of Exeter on a project titled, Sustaining Future Reserves 2020: Assessing Organisational Commitment in the Reserves and we are in the process of writing up our results on what shapes, influences and enables the commitment of volunteer reservists to serving in the British Army Reserves. 

  • 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  
  • 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.