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The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Central and Eastern Europe

  • School: School of Social Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2023
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2023

Project ID: S3 28

The United Nations Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) represents a vast normative infrastructure aimed at supporting gender equality and participation in all levels and stages of peace efforts and security processes. Starting with Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, WPS has been steadily growing into one of the dominant global gender equality norms. There are now 10 WPS-related Security Council Resolutions and over 100 countries have their WPS National Action Plan. There are also Regional Action Plans, numerous working groups and academic Centres of Excellence focussed on WPS.

Although firmly established as a global norm, WPS has been largely driven by the ‘Global North’ attempting to solve insecurities in the Global South. Postcolonial feminist research shows that this Western-centrism and colonial legacies continue to dominate both WPS practices and knowledge production. In broader Feminist Security Studies, Central and Eastern Europe is often seen as a ‘non-region’ and has been largely overlooked by WPS scholarship. Yet, a number of countries in the region actively engage with WPS in the form of National Action Plans. This represents a significant gap in knowledge.

This project seeks to interrogate how countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) engage with WPS. While the region shares the experience of socialist rule and transition towards democracy or independence, rise in anti-gender movements’ influence, and populist and illiberal rule, it is far from a monolithic entity when it comes to local gender relations as well as engagements with global gender norms. With the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the region has yet again found itself in the epicentre of a major war and regional security emergency. It is therefore timely to investigate the following questions: What does WPS ‘do’ in Central and Eastern Europe? How do local gender orders shape and are shaped by global norms? What role do international organisations and bilateral/multilateral partnerships play in WPS engagement? In what ways does the Russian invasion impact our understanding of gendered roles in times of major insecurity crisis? How does it correspond with the WPS?

We encourage proposals that examine one or more countries in Central Eastern Europe and facilitate informed policy recommendations for both local governments, civil society and global WPS community.

Supervisory Team: 

DoS Dr Katerina Krulisova

2nd Supervisor Associate Professor Marianna Poberezhskaya

3rd Supervisor Professor Gill Allwood

Entry qualifications

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How to apply

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Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2023 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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