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Dr Maria O’Reilly, MA (St Andrews), MLitt (St Andrews), MRes (KCL), PhD (KCL)

AHRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow

email: m.oreilly@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7882 8583
Location: Arts One, Room 2.24

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Maria O’Reilly is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations. She joined Queen Mary in 2016 and is conducting research on, ‘The Gender Politics of Demilitarisation: Examining DDR from the Perspective of Female (Ex)-Combatants’. Her research is supported by an Innovation Award from the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), jointly funded by AHRC and ESRC.

Prior to joining Queen Mary, Maria worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, in 2014.  

Teaching

Research

Research interests:

My research focuses on the gender politics of war and peace.

Current Research
I am currently conducting research on ‘The Gender Politics of Demilitarisation: Examining DDR from the Perspective of Female (Ex)-Combatants’. This project examines the relationship between gender, agency and international security, looking in particular at the case of (post-)conflict Bosnia & Herzegovina. I explore whether contemporary security practices provide 'gender security' in (post)conflict settings, and examine the ways in which gendered agency and resistance emerges in response to peace and security interventions. This research is supported by an Innovation Award from the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), and is jointly funded by AHRC and ESRC.

I am also working with Dr. Laura McLeod (University of Manchester) to develop a feminist analysis of key concepts, methods and approaches used in the field of Critical Peace & Conflict Studies. A workshop launching this project was held in Manchester in June 2016.

Previous Research
Prior to joining Queen Mary, I worked at Goldsmiths, University of London, as Researcher and Project Coordinator for the European Research Council funded project, ‘The Gender of Justice: The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’. At Goldsmiths, I was also Principal Investigator for the project, ‘Gendered Agency in War and Peace: The Reintegration of War-Affected Women and Female Ex-Combatants in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’, funded by the British Academy.

I was awarded my PhD from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London in 2014.  My thesis explored women’s activism around transitional justice issues in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina, using a mixture of documentary analysis, participant-observation, and fieldwork interviews.

Examples of research funding:

Examples of Research Funding:

2016-2017 – Principal Investigator, ‘The Gender Politics of Demilitarisation: Examining DDR from the Perspective of Female (Ex)-Combatants,’ Innovation Award, Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (co-funded AHRC/ESRC) - AH/N008480/1 - £ 99,388

2015-2016 – Principal Investigator, ‘Gendered Agency in War and Peace: The Reintegration of War-Affected Women and Female Ex-Combatants in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’, British Academy Small Grants Scheme - £9,980

2008-12 - ESRC 1+3 studentship (Open Competition Award) - UK Fees and Stipend

2011-12 - Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Conference Grants - £1,300 total

2012 - King’s Graduate School Funds (with research group Gender Matters @ Kings), for Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Feminist Methodologies: Value, Belief, Emotion’ - £1,550

Publications

Books:

‘Gendered Agency in War and Peace: Catastrophe, Memory and Women’s Activism in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina,’ UNDER CONTRACT to Palgrave Macmillan, for publication, 2017

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

‘Peace and Justice Through a Feminist Lens: Gender Justice and The Women’s Court for the Former Yugoslavia,’ Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 10 (3), 2016, pp.419-445

‘Muscular Interventionism: Gender, Power and Liberal Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina,’ International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14 (4), 2012, pp.529-548

Book Chapters (Invited):

‘Gender and Peacebuilding,’ in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding, London and New York: Routledge, 2013, pp.57-68

‘Feminism and the Politics of Difference,’ in Robert A. Denemark, ed., The International Studies Encyclopaedia, Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online

Book Reviews:

‘Gender, Agency and Political Violence,’ Peacebuilding, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013, pp.165-167

Work in Progress:

‘The Reintegration of War-Affected Women and Female Ex-Combatants in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina,’ paper presented at International Studies Association Annual Conference, March 2016

PhD Supervision

Public engagement

  • Visiting Lecturer & Course Convenor, Doctoral Training Centre at King’s College London.
  • Visiting Fellow, Unit for Global Justice at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Prior to joining Queen Mary, I was Researcher and Project Coordinator at Goldsmiths for the European Research Council Funded project ‘The Gender of Justice: The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’ (2014-2016). At Goldsmiths, I also contributed guest lectures to the MA course ‘Race, Gender and Social Justice.’
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