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Dr Catherine Charrett, BA (British Columbia), MSc (LSE), PhD (Aberystwyth University)


Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Telephone: 020 7882 8432
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.22
Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm & Tuesday 4-5pm


Dr. Catherine Charrett worked as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History and Politics, University of Chichester, where she convened modules on Conflict in the Middle East and Research Methods in Politics and IR.  Dr. Charrett completed a PhD in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University (2010-2014).  The topic of her doctoral project was EU-Hamas relations following the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.  This research continued work conducted at the International Catalan Institute for Peace in Barcelona, where Catherine worked as a programme co-ordinator (2009-2010).  Prior to this Catherine completed a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics (2007-2008).  During this time Catherine volunteered with the Millennium Journal of International Studies. Catherine completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (2002-2006).   

Dr. Charrett tweets at @catawinnie

Undergraduate Teaching

POL365 The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East

POL244 The International Politics of the Developing World

Postgraduate Teaching

POLM036 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods


Research Interests:

Dr. Charrett’s research interests include Palestinian politics, critical security studies, critical terrorism studies, gender politics, performance studies and queer theory.  Dr. Charrett’s doctoral research explored the EU’s response to Hamas’s success in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.  This work involved fieldwork in Gaza, Palestine and in Brussels, Belgium.  Dr. Charrett’s work continues to focus on the Middle East and on Palestinian-Israeli relations more specifically.  

Dr. Charrett’s work is interdisciplinary.  She worked closely with the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies during her time at Aberystwyth University.  Dr. Charrett curated a performance based on the findings from of her doctoral research, which was available for an academic and community wide audience.  

Examples of research funding:

Dr. Charrett’s PhD was fully funded under the Aberystwyth Postgraduate Research Studentship scheme provided by Aberystwyth University.  Dr. Charrett’s Masters was partially funded by the London School of Economics, Graduate Merit Award.

Dr. Charrett has been awarded an Independent Social Research Foundation grant to research "Performing technologies in EU, Israeli and Palestinian security cooperation".


Interdisciplinary projects:

“Politics in Drag: Sipping Toffee with Hamas in Brussels.”  45-minute solo performance.  Original performance, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales, 23 May, 2014.

Subsequent performances, the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, 22 April, 2015.

Popular Culture and World Politics 8th Annual Conference, University of Westminster, 20-21 November, 2015.

Conflict, Security and Development programme, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, 8 February, 2016.

‘Terror on Tour’, Interdisciplinary Colloquium, University of Chichester, 7-8 April, 2016.

The ShowRoom, Chichester, 13 April, 2016.  

Performance screening, for the Critical Security Studies programme, University of Warwick, 13 March, 2015.

Security, Liberty and Peace” Freethought-Memoriaenblanc: Interdisciplinary Creative Circle, Valenica, Spain, 2009.  

Articles and opinion papers:

Understanding Hamas.” Mondoweiss. Web-based publication on political relations in the Middle East, 14 July, 2014. 

“International Feminist Journal of Politics Second Annual Conference, (Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms, conference summary.” International Studies Today. BISA web-based publication, November/December, 2013.

Gaza vs. Israel: The legitimate and illegitimate use of violence in the Western Discourse.” Mondoweiss. Web-based publication on political relations in the Middle East, 16 November, 2012. 

The Bombs that Blast Gaza: A View from the Ground.” Critical Legal Thinking: Law & the Political.  15 November, 2012.

“Russell Tribunal on Palestine.” Editor of a document prepared by the Committee of Experts of the Russell Tribunal for Spain and Catalonia on Palestine.” Web-based manuscript with the support of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation Ltd., March, 2010.

“A Critical Application of Securitization Theory: Overcoming the Normative Dilemma of Writing Security.”  ICIP Working Papers 2009, 7.  In print and on-line versions in English, Catalan and Spanish.  

Selected Conference Papers:

“Agency in war and performance: critical methodological practices in International Relations,” International Studies Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans, 18-21 February, 2015.  

“Un-recognising Hamas’s Political Performance,” British International Studies Association, Annual Conference and the Annual Postgraduate Conference, Dublin, 17-20 June, 2014.

“Bodies and Spaces: Hamas in Gaza and the EU in Brussels,” International Feminist Journal of Politics Annual Conference, “(Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms,” University of Sussex, 17-19 May, 2013.  

“‘To see terrorists or not to see terrorists’: The performativity of threat in the EU’s response to Hamas’s electoral victory in 2006,” Critical Cultural Politics Research Group, Aberystwyth, 12 May, 2012.  

“The Agency of Threat: Acting politically in the performativity of securitizing terrorism,” Epistemologies of the Political, Global and the International Workshop, Keele University, 7 November, 2011.  

“The Performativity of Securitizing Terrorism: Imaginative geographies and the agency of ‘threat,’” Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 8-11 September, 2011.

“The Performativity of Securitizing Terrorism: Imaginative geographies and the agency of ‘threat,’” Global Insecurities Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, September 5 -6, 2011.

Public Engagement

During her PhD she chaired the Friends of Palestine Society, which brought students, staff and the community together for academic discussion. Dr. Charrett is involved with Red Spokes, The Big Ride for Palestine, a yearly bicycle event that raises awareness and funds for Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories.  Dr. Charrett’s performance, “Politics in Drag: Sipping Toffee with Hamas in Brussels” brought academics and members of the public together in a shared community outreach event.

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