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 School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.

Prior to joining Newcastle, Katharine held a lectureship at the University of Winchester and teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey. 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. She completed her PhD on NATO’s engagement with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 at the University of Surrey and was awarded the Faculty Postgraduate of the Year Award.

Her research has been published in leading scholarly journals including: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations and International Affairs. Her monograph titled NATO, Gender and the Military: Women Organising from within (and co-authored with Matthew Hurley and Jesus Gil-Ruiz) is published in the Routledge Studies in Gender and Security series. She has also contributed to other outlets including the LSE Impact Blog, Open Democracy and E-International Relations.

Katharine is a Trustee of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). She is the co-convener of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Gendering IR Working Group (2018-20) with Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings, and a lead convener of the UACES Research Network 'Gendering EU Studies' (2018-2021). Katharine 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.

At Newcastle, she is a member of the Military, War and Security Research Group, the Gender Research Group and the International Politics research cluster. Katharine is also a member of the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (2018-2021). 

She tweets @KAMWright and podcasts at 'future IR'.

Professional Memberships

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

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Dr Katharine A. M. Wright’s primary research concerns NATO, and more recently the EU’s foreign and security policy. Katharine’s work explores the intersection of gender and security in institutional settings. A key strand of this research has involved exploring the engagement of international security institutions with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. This research has been published in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, International Affairs and International Political Science Review. She has also published on NATO’s approach to digital diplomacy in Media, War, and Conflict. Her monograph NATO, Gender and the Military: Women organising from within which takes the long view of NATO's engagement with gender issues (and co-authored with Matthew Hurley and Jesus Gil Ruiz) will be published in May 2019 in the Routledge Studies in Gender and Security series. Relatedly, she is interested in approaches to studying international institutions and the gendered nature of the research process itself. Her work on collaborative reflexivity with Matthew Hurley has been published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Research interests:

-          European security: NATO, EU foreign and security policy

-          Feminist security studies

-          Gender and security

-          Digital diplomacy

Selected research funding:

2019-2020 ESRC Impact Accelerator Account (PI)

2018-2019: British International Studies Association Early Career Small Research Grant (PI)

2017-2018: Faculty Bid-Preparation Fund, Newcastle University (PI)

2014: Universities Global Partnership Network Mobility Awarded


2015: Finalist, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Research, University of Surrey

2015: Faculty Postgraduate Researcher of the Year, University of Surrey

Research networks:

Lead convener, UACES 'Gendering EU Studies' Research Network (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 security, in particular focusing on NATO, EU CSDP, national militaries, 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.


Dr Katharine A. M. Wright is passionate about learning and teaching. She has taught across a range of Politics and International Relations modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her approach to teaching is grounded in the idea that students should be actively involved in their own learning. Katharine draws extensively on the problem based approach, for example simulations, to enable students to connect theoretical concepts with empirical reality. She has reflected on the value of her teaching philosophy in a piece for Active Learning in Political Science.  

Katharine 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)
  • POL2113 Sex, Gender and Power (Lecturer)