The Critical Security and Foreign Policy Research Cluster brings together researchers of UK, European and international security, using critical, decolonial, and feminist perspectives to challenge mainstream narratives of war and security. Our research centres on three dimensions of security:

  • Representations of security and how race, gender, & heteronormativity manifest in security and securitisation and in popular culture
  • Ethical and socio-legal analysis of contemporary and future technologies of warfare
  • The governance of security through foreign policy and international organisations 

The work of the cluster supports the “war, conflict and security” theme of the BA International Relations and Politics, as well as the MA International Relations, Conflict and Security, and organises the IRP@Northumbria external seminar series. 

In recent years the cluster has published major books on gender, race, and heteronormativity in terrorism, the British ‘jihadi brides’, the women in the UN, and the post-Brexit UK-EU security relationship. Members are regularly invited to appear in the media including al Jazeera, France24, TRT world and CNN, to share their expertise.  

The cluster has organised several events, including a workshop at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a public roundtable on police and judicial cooperation at the University of Edinburgh, and a live recorded episode of the podcast Surviving Society.