The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Katharine Wright

Lecturer in International Politics


Dr Katharine A. M. Wright is a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics.

After completing her PhD in International Politics at the University of Surrey, where she was awarded the Faculty Postgraduate of the Year, Katharine went on to hold positions at the University of Surrey and University of Winchester. This included working on an ESRC-funded 'UK in a Changing Europe' project to examine the use of social media in the EU referendum campaigns.

Katharine is the co-convener of the British International Studies Association Gendering IR Working Group (2018-20) with Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings. She is also a lead convener of the UACES Collaborative Research Network 'Gendering EU Studies' (2018-2021). She was Chair of the BISA Postgraduate Network in 2015-16, and served as Graduate Representative for the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association in 2016.

She tweets @KAMWright.

Professional Memberships

International Studies Association (ISA)
British International Studies Association (BISA)
The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)


Dr Wright's research centres broadly around gender and security in institutional settings, including NATO and the EU. She also has an interest in the use of digital spaces. Her work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, International Political Science Review and International Affairs. In addition to other outlets such as Open Democracy, and the LSE Impact blog.

Research interests:

-          European security: NATO, EEAS/CSDP

-          Feminist security studies

-          Gender and security

-          Public/digital diplomacy

Research networks:

Lead convener, UACES CRN 'Gendering EU Studies' (2018-2021)

Co-convener, BISA Gendering IR Working Group (2018-2020)

Member, BISA European Security Working Group

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students working on gender and International Relations, in particular focusing on international security institutions, foreign policy, and feminist security studies. 

If you are interested in supervision by Katharine A. M. Wright, then you can find more information about the PhD programme at Newcastle here.


Katharine has taught across a range of Politics and International Relations modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCAP) with distinction.


-        POL2110 Security Studies (Module leader)

-        POL3046 Dissertation (Module leader)