ACADEMIC POSITIONS

University of Bath, UK (September 2013-present)

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Lecturing)

  • PL20904 Political violence and terrorism in the UK, Department of Politics
  • PL30897 Peace Processes in the Middle East and Europe, Department of Politics
  • SP30210 Conflict, Security and International Development, Department of Social and Policy Sciences
  • SP50326 Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Seminar Lead)

  • SP20208 International Politics of Development, Department of Social and Policy Sciences
  • SP30210 Conflict, Security and International Development, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

University of Bath, UK (2016-present)

PhD (Security, Conflict and Justice) – ongoing

University of Bath, UK (2015-2016)

MRes (Security, Conflict and Justice), Distinction

Imperial College, London, UK (2001-2005)

MEng (Aeronautical Engineering), 2:1

RESEARCH GRANTS, HONOURS AND AWARDS

2018 South West Doctoral Training Programme Impact Fund (£780)

2018 University of Bath Public Engagement Seed Fund (£488)

2017 Winner Best Image, Images of Research, University of Bath

2017 Winner of Poster Prize, South West Doctoral Training Programme Annual Conference

2017 Pre-confirmation Gold, Research Showcase, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath (https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/doctoral-researchers-explore-new-ways-to-talk-about-their-research/)

2009 Certificate of Commendation awarded by the Chief of Joint Operations for Distinguished Service in support of Operation HERRICK in The Afghanistan Theatre of Operationsfor ‘stabilisationplanning’

2009 Commander-in-Chief Fleet’s Commendationfor ‘female engagement’

PUBLICATIONS

West, H. 2017. ‘Women and War: after Afghanistan there’s a chance to deploy gender led approaches to conflict.’, The Conversation.(https://theconversation.com/women-and-war-after-afghanistan-theres-a-chance-to-deploy-gender-led-approaches-to-conflict-79954)

TALKS AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2019 FUTURES Night: ‘Up Late’ at the Holburne Museum. Screened documentary film, ‘Uniformly Served: Veterans in Conversation.’

2019 British International Studies Association Postgraduate Workshop: Militarisation and the Local in Peacekeeping. Presented paper on ‘Women as weapon systems: Human Security Advisers in the DRC’.

2019 University of Bath Institute of Policy Research Doctoral Public Policy Research Seminar. Presented paper on ‘Women as weapon systems: from gender to human security advisers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’.

2019 Land Warfare Centre COIN Forum. Co-convened this inaugural forum and presented on ‘(Wo)man of War: A genealogy of women as counterinsurgents.’

2019 University of Bath Minerva Lecture: Exploring Conflict Through Art. Presented on panel about creative methods in my research and showed film, ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’.

2019 University of Bath Joint Social and Policy Science and Politics, Languages and International Studies Seminar: Crossing departmental boundaries. Convened and chaired discussion seminar.

2019 University of Newcastle Creative Methods in Military Studies. Presented on creative projects, ‘Pretty Young Soldiers’.

2019 Fringe Arts Bath. Screened music film, ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’ in exhibition entitled ‘This Woman’s Work.’

2019 University of Bath Department of Social and Policy Sciences Research Seminar. Convened and chaired panel ‘Creativity as research practice’.

2019 International Women’s Day at The Edge. Introductory talk and screening of music video: ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’. Displayed poem ‘These shoes and this handbag’ and poster ‘(Wo)man of war’.

2019 44AD Gallery: Living on the Margins Exhibition. Displayed poem ‘These shoes and this handbag’ and poster ‘(Wo)man of war’. Participated in introductory panel at open evening.

2018 University of Bath Film Festival. Introductory talk and screening of music video: ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’.

2018 FUTURES European Researchers’ Night: Up Late at the Holburne Museum. Co-convened a section on Women in warfare and exhibited poster ‘(Wo)man of war’.

2018 University of Bath Workshop. Crisis: Contested Narratives, Interventions and Resistance. Chaired panel on ‘Gendered Dimensions of Crisis’.

2017 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: ‘The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises’ (European International Studies Association) in Barcelona. Presented paper ‘Gendered discourses on counterinsurgency’ in panel FD07-2 ’Gendered and imperial intersections in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency’.

2017 University of Bath Department of Social and Policy Sciences PhD Symposium. Presented paper ‘(Wo)man of war: A genealogy of women as counterinsurgents.’

2017 University of Bath Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Conference: Changing Lives, Changing Worlds. Delivered ‘Me and My Research: A Reflexivity Workshop’.

2017 National Army Museum 5×15 talks: Women in Military History. Presented paper: ‘From military engineer to academic researcher.

2017 National Army Museum. Women and the Army: 100 years of Progress? Presented paper: ‘The women’s services and the battle for the hearts and minds of the women of Malaya, 1952-54’.

2017 University of Warwick Postgraduate Conference: Challenge Landscape of Gender In/Equality. Presented paper: ‘Female engagement’: an embodiment of the securitisation of development’.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2016+ Defence Research Network (DRN). Founder and co-chair of this network for PhD and early-career researchers studying defence, security or the Armed Forces in relation to policy, strategy, culture and society.

2017-2018. SWDTP Mentor.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2015 APM Project Management Qualification

2012 MA International Liaison & Communication (University of Westminster)

2012 Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council)

2012 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership (Chartered Management Institute)

2012 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Executive Management (Institute of Leadership & Management)

2011 Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society

2006 Diploma in French (University of Westminster)

CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2012 Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Defence Academy, Shrivenham)

2009 Provincial Reconstruction Team ISAF Course (NATO School, Oberammergau)

2008 Civil Military Cooperation Staff Officer’s Course (Military Stabilisation Support Group)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Aug 15 – May 16 Project Engineer, Air Platform Systems Project Team (Part time)

Feb 14 – Aug 15 Maternity Leave

Sep 00 – Feb 14 Air Engineering Officer, Royal Navy

Including:

May 12 – Feb 14       Requirements Manager (Air Platform Systems Project Team)

Aug 10 – May 12       Chinook Mk 4 Test and Evaluation Manager (Chinook Project Team)

Jun 08 – Aug 10        Staff Officer – Civil Effect Plans (Military Stabilisation Support Group)

Jun 07 – Jun 08        Air Engineering Officer (854 Naval Air Squadron)

Dec 06 – Jun 07        Deputy Air Engineering Officer (849 Naval Air Squadron)

Sep 05 – Dec 06       Professional Systems Engineering and Management Training

Sep 00 – Sep 05        Officer training, General sea training, and University training.