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Columba-Isabella Achilleos-Sarll

PhD Candidate (ESRC Fellow)

Associate Tutor


Teaching 2018/19
P0131: World Politics

Advice & Feedback Hours (during term time): Friday 1-3 (D1.31)

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.


Columba’s research brings together two bodies of International Relations (IR) literature, postcolonial feminism and Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). These literatures are brought into a conversation in order to explore UK government and civil society engagement with the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Journal Articles

Achilleos-Sarll, Columba, (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. Available at:

Conference Papers

12th-15th September 2018, European International Studies Association (EISA), Achilleos-Sarll, C. and Martill, B, ‘Toxic Masculinity: Militarism, Deal-Making and the Performance of Brexit ', Prague.

2-3rd April 2018, International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP) Annual conference, ‘Reconceptualising Foreign Policy as Gendered, Sexualised and Racialised: Towards a Postcolonial Feminist Foreign Policy (Analysis)', University of San Francisco.

17th November 2017, Achilleos-Sarll, C. and Martill, B, ‘Deal or No Deal: Hyper-Masculinity and the Performance of Brexit'. Presented at the ‘Feminist and Queer Perspectives on Brexit’ Workshop, University of Sussex.

3-4th September 2017, British International Studies Association (BISA) Foreign Policy Working Group Conference, ‘Gender, Race and the Production of UK Foreign Policy: Towards a Feminist Postcolonial FPA’, London School of Economics.

Blog & Other Related Publications

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)

Other Research Work

Columba previously worked on the WebPolEU research project with Dr Cristian Varraci at Royal Holloway, University of London. The project evaluates the inclusiveness, representativeness and quality of political discussion and participation online in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Columba and Dr Cristian Vaccari are currently working on an extension of this project, comparing the ways in which social media was utilised across the main political parties during the General Elections 2015 and 2017.


Feminist and Women's Studies Association's Annual Student Essay Competition: Shortlist, 2017.

The Dean’s Commendation, University of Exeter, 2010.

Student’s Guild Annual Award: Best Features Article, University of Exeter, 2010.

Oxford University Press Baylis and Smith Prize, University of Exeter, 2009.


Dr Nicola Pratt (Primary supervisor)

Dr Julia Welland (Second supervisor)