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Victoria Basham

Professor Victoria Basham

Professor of International Relations and Head of Politics and International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 29208 74360
Law Building, Room 3.10, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


My research interests lie in the field of Critical Military Studies ( at the intersections of feminist international relations, critical geopolitics and international political sociology. My work seeks to explore how war, and war preparedness, shape people’s daily lives and how daily life can, in turn, influence and facilitate war and other geopolitical outcomes. I am particularly interested in how gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and social class shape the prioritisation, use and perpetration of military force, especially in liberal democratic societies.

In 2015, I became the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Critical Military Studies (Taylor & Francis) which I also co-founded (

I am the co-editor of the Edinburgh University Press book series, Advances in Critical Military Studies, with Dr Sarah Bulmer at the University of Exeter (

I was also the President of the European International Studies Association ( between 2017 and 2019. In 2017 I served as Programme Chair (with Dr Cemal Burak Tansel at the University of Sheffield) of the EISA's 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, held in Barcelona, Spain (




  • Basham, V. 2023. War and socio-political orders. In: Guillaume, X. and Grayson, K. eds. Security Studies: Critical Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 104-120.












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I am currently engaged in an agenda of collaborative research. My primary projects focus on:

- Critical Engagment with the Defence Establishment (GW4 Network Lead)

- Military scandals and inquiries (with Owen Thomas, University of Exeter)

- Museums, curation and militarism (with Audrey Reeves, Virginia Tech)

- Popular and elite narratives of insecurity in the London Bridge terror attack and Grenfell Tower disaster (BA Small Grant funded, with Owen Thomas, University of Exeter and Rhys Crilley, Glasgow University)

- Scandals in international relations (with Jamie Johnson, University of Leicester and Owen Thomas, University of Exeter)

I am also conducting ongoing individual work on children in international relations and on war and intergenerational injustice.


My teaching centres around making sense of violence and warfare through critical analysis.


Prior to joining Cardiff (in January 2016), I worked at the University of Exeter (from September 2009) and before that, spent several years at the University of Bristol where I first obtained my undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Politics (2002) and then completed my PhD on gender, race and sexuality in the British Armed Forces (2007). I also undertook an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008) at the University of Bristol, during which I was also a Visiting Fellow at the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), Toronto, Canada. I have also held research assistance posts at Open University and the University of the West of England.


  • Critical military studies
  • Critical approaches to war and peace (feminist, postcolonial and IPE)
  • Militarism, militarization and insecurity
  • Miitary scandal and conduct
  • Children in international relations
  • Curation and cultures of war and militarism
  • Discourse analysis, ethnography and qualitative interview research pertaining to critical military studies and critical security studies

Current supervision

Claire Thurlow

Claire Thurlow

Research student

Nicola Lester

Nicola Lester

Research student

Vicky Sutch

Vicky Sutch

Research student

Hannah Richards

Hannah Richards

Research student