Dr Victoria Basham
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
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 Cemel 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), Victoria worked at the University of Exeter (from September 2009) and before that, spent several years at the University of Bristol obtaining her undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Politics (2002), completing her PhD on gender, race and sexuality in the British Armed Forces (2007), and carrying out an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008), during which she was also a Visiting Fellow at the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), Toronto, Canada.
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.
I am also happy to supervise research students in the following areas:
- Critical military studies
- Critical approaches to war and peace
- Militarism and militarization
- Ddiscourse analysis, ethnography and qualitative interview research pertaining to critical military studies and critical security studies
I am currently working on a project exmaining military scandals and inquiries with Owen Thomas at the University of Exeter and am developing a grant project on how young people in British Overseas Territories experience and understand security and nation.
I am also working on an ESRC-Ministry of Defence grant with Dr Sergio Catignani at the University of Exeter on a project titled, Sustaining Future Reserves 2020: Assessing Organisational Commitment in the Reserves. The project considers those factors that shape and influence the commitment of volunteer reservists to serving in the British Army Reserves and what issues might motivate them to continuing serving or restrict them from doing so. It pays particular attention to the influence of family life and the pressures of civilian employment on the decisions that reservists make about their commitment to serving and intentions to remain in the Reserves, because the Army is becoming increasingly reliant on reservists at a time when changes to employment patterns and family life may also be placing greater pressure on them and their families.