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Natasha Underhill

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Natasha Underhill is a Lecturer in International Relations with teaching responsibilities on the BA (Hons) International Relations and MA International Relations teaching modules at all Levels. Natasha is the Module Leader for the International Relations in Context module and is involved in a number of BA and MA modules. Natasha teaches on a range of modules at undergraduate level including in the following areas:

  • International Relations Theory
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Security
  • International Relations of the Middle East and South Asia.

Career overview

Natasha has co-supervised academic research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the following issue areas:

  • The international relations of the Middle East and South Asia
  • International Terrorism
  • State Failure
  • Insurgency / Counter-Insurgency

Natasha has a BSc (Hons) degree in Government and Public Policy (University College Cork 2005), an MBs in International Relations (University College Cork, 2006), and a PhD in International Relations (University College Cork, 2012). Natasha has taught in higher education for over six years on a part time basis and is a member of a number of international academic associations including the International Studies Association and the PSAI.

Research areas

Natasha's major interests include the following areas:

  • The international relations of the Middle East and South Asia
  • International Terrorism
  • State Failure
  • Insurgency
  • Counter-insurgency
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Security Studies

Her published research includes work on the following areas:

  • EU-China Relations
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Terrorism and International Relations

External activity

Natasha is a member of the following associations and research centres:

  • Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)
  • Atlantic Community
  • Foreign Policy Online
  • National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL)
  • Political Studies Association (PSA)
  • The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • The Brookings Institution
  • Carnegie Endowment for Peace
  • Afghanistan Analysts Network


  • 'The European Union and China: Status, Issues and Prospects' in Civil Society in European-Chinese Relations: Challenges of Cooperation (2010) EU-China Civil Society Forum, pp. 7-31
  • 'Ireland, China and the EU: Foreign Policy in a Europeanised Context' in The Irish Asia Strategy and Its China Relations (2010) European Diversity Series pp. 185-192
  • 'Chinese Responses to Terrorism: Pre- and Post-9/11' Conference 'Connecting Cultures' Irish Institute of Chinese Studies, 6-7 June 2007 UCC
  • 'The Nature of the Relationship between State Failure and Terrorism' ECPR Graduate Conference, 25-27 August 2008 Barcelona
  • 'Preparing for Success: Bridging the Gap between Second and Third Level Education' PSAI Conference, 25-26 April 2009, UCD Dublin 10
  • 'Terrorism and State Failure: A New Interpretation of the Threat' PSAI Conference, 24-25 April 2009, UCC
  • 'Preparing for Success: A Study of How Targeted Skills-Based Workshops can Effectively aid First Year Students to Bridge the Gap between Second and Third Level Education', NAIRTL Conference on Flexible Learning, October 6-7, 2010, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.

Press expertise

  • Terrorism in the Middle East and Asia
  • Domestic and international terrorism
  • Insurgency
  • Withdrawal of troops
  • US foreign policy