Aishling McMorrow

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Affect and Emotion in Security and Terrorism Studies
Critical Security Studies
Poststructuralist Approaches to Terrorism

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I joined the University of Portsmouth in January 2019 as Lecturer in International Relations. Prior to this, I lectured at Queen's University, Belfast. 

I hold a PhD in International Relations from Queen's University, Belfast (QUB), a MA in Violence, Terorrism, and Security (QUB), and a BA in International Relations from Dublin City University.

Research Interests

My research is situated within International Relations, broadly, and I specialise in terrorism and security studies. My PhD looked at urban landscapes of (in)security and how affect and emotion are manipulated within terrorism and security discourses. Currently, I am expanding this focus and examining the interplay of affect, emotion, the corporeal, and the spatial at sites that have been deemed insecure due to the looming threat (both real and perceived) of terrorism.

As such, my research interests are truly interdisciplinary and I happily dabble in the fields of International Relations, Critical Security and Terrorism Studies, Political and Critical Geography, Sociology, and Affect theory.

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities are deeply reflective of my research expertise and interests.

I currently am Module Coordinator for International Thought (UG) and Contemporary Security in International Relations (Distance Learning PG).

I also contribute to team teaching on the modules:

Security Challenges in the 21st Century

Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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