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Columba-Isabella Achilleos-Sarll


PhD Candidate (ESRC Fellow)

Associate Tutor


Teaching 2019/20
P0131: World Politics

Advice & Feedback Hours (during term time): Friday 11-12 and 4-5 (D1.09)

Columba Achilleos is a PhD candidate, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, and a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Exeter. Columba’s research is located at the intersections between postcolonial theory, feminism, UK foreign policy and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. The project is supervised by Nicola Pratt and Julia Welland.

Journal Articles

(2020) '"Seeing" the Women, Peace and Security agenda: visual (re)productions of WPS in UK government national action plans', International Affairs, 96(6), 1643-1663.

With Yasmin Chilmeran, (2020). 'Interrogating the 'Local' in Women, Peace and Security: Reflections on Research on and in the UK and Iraq.' International Feminist Journal of Politics, 22(4), 596-605.

(2018). 'Reconceptualising Foreign Policy as Gendered, Sexualised and Racialised: Towards a Postcolonial Feminist Foreign Policy (Analysis),' Journal of International Women’s Studies, 19(1), 34-49, 2018.

Book chapter

With Benjamin Martill, (2019). ‘Toxic Masculinity: Militarism, Deal-Making and the Performance of Brexit' in Dustin, Moira, Ferreria , Nuno, Milns, Susan (eds.) Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit. (Palgrave, 2019).

Blog & Other Related Publications

E-IR Interview,, 26 November 2019.

Achilleos-Sarll, C., ‘Gendering Boris Johnson’s Cabinet Exit’,, LSE Dahrendorf Forum, 16 August 2018.

Achilleos-Sarll, C., & Galvin-Elliott, A., ‘Feminist Allies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?’,, Disorder of Things, 30 May 2018.

Achilleos-Sarll, C. ‘The WPS Agenda Requires a Complementary Approach to Foreign and Domestic Policy’, LSE WPS Blog, /, 5 March 2018.

Achilleos-Sarll, C. ‘Where are the Women at the Big Boys’ Table?UCL European Institute Blog, 26 June 2017.

Achilleos-Sarll, C. ‘Deal or No Deal: The Hypermasculinity of the ‘Businessperson as Leader’ Rhetoric’, UCL European Institute Blog, 12 June 2017.

Book Reviews

Inderpal Grewal, (2017) ‘Saving the Security State Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First-Century-America’, (Reviewed for International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2018).

Laura J. Shepherd, (2017) ‘Gender, UN Peacebuilding, and the Politics of Space: Locating Legitimacy’, (Reviewed for International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2018)

Fellowship and Awards

ESRC Doctoral Research Fellowship (2016-2020)

ISA GDS Section, Edward Said Award (2019)

Nominated for a Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates (2019)

Yale University, Visiting Assistant in Research (Spring 2019)

Feminist & Women’s Studies Association Student Essay Competition, Shortlisted (2017)