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Dr Hanna Ketola

Dr Hanna Ketola

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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Research subject areas

  • International relations
  • Conflict and security

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Hanna is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of War Studies. She is a member of the Research Centre in International Relations (RCIR) and has a PhD in International Relations from King’s College London.

Her research is located at the nexus of Feminist IR, feminist social and political theory and Peace and Conflict Studies. Having been awarded the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship she is currently working on a monograph extending from her PhD research. Hanna’s PhD examined women’s political agency in the context of peacebuilding in Nepal, focusing on experiences of women ex-fighters and women activists. Her research contributes to feminist IR by developing a unique theoretical approach to women’s agency in post-conflict contexts, fusing feminist theories of agency and postcolonial theories of subaltern politics.

Before starting her postdoctoral project, Hanna was a Research Associate in the ESRC project ‘Military to Market’ at Newcastle University. This project (PI Dr Amanda Chisholm) examined the private security industry through a feminist political economy lens and closely aligned with her research interests in feminist security studies and politics of Nepal. 


Research Interests

  • Feminist IR
  • Gender and peacebuilding
  • Feminist and postcolonial theories of agency
  • The relationship between peacebuilding and subaltern politics
  • Politics of Nepal