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Miranda's Research and Publications

Miranda has published a monograph entitled Women and Political Violence; journal articles on the question of feminism in regard to female combatants, gendering security through an examination of women as agents of political violence, and wartime sexual violence; and a book chapter on gender, small arms and light weapons in Northern Ireland.  She has also written a report on the impact of armed violence on poverty in Sri Lanka for a wider DFID-funded research project.

Miranda's research interests lie primarily in the broad field of gender and war with a specific focus on ethno-national conflict and political violence.  She also has an ongoing commitment to research in the area of wartime sexual violence and other gender-based human rights violations.  She is interested in the intersections between armed conflict, development and security.  She also has an interest in the intersection between ethnicity and politics more widely and would be keen to undertake some research in future on ethnicity and conflict in diaspora communities.

Miranda has participated at many conferences, seminars and workshops in different parts of the world.  She was asked to give a public lecture at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, entitled 'Female Combatants in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam', 24 June 2004.  She has also been invited by the War and Gender Working Group of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research to participate in a workshop in July 2008 on wartime sexual violence.  Miranda was also a co-convenor of the ESRC-funded seminar series Understanding Gendered Agency in Violent Conflict: Extending Conceptual and Methodological Parameters.  The third seminar in this series was held at the University of Warwick, 2-3 May 2008.


Selected Publications


Women and Political Violence: Female Combatants in Ethno-national Conflict. Routledge, 2009.  

Journal articles

‘Wartime Sexual Violence: Women’s Human Rights and Questions of Masculinity’, Review of International Studies, v. 33, no. 1, 2007, pp. 75-90.



‘Women as Agents of Political Violence: Gendering Security’, Security Dialogue, v. 35, no. 4, 2004, pp. 447-463.


‘Cogs in the Wheel? Women in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’, Civil Wars, v. 6, no. 4, 2003, pp. 37-54.

Book chapters

 ‘"That's equality for you, dear": Gender, small arms and the Northern Ireland conflict’, in Vanessa Farr, Henri Myrttinen and Albrecht Schnabel (eds.) Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons.  United Nations University Press, 2009, pp. 211-245.




'Armed Violence and Poverty in Sri Lanka: A Mini Case Study for the Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative', Centre for International Cooperation and Security, University of Bradford, November 2004.  Commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).