Dr Naomi Head
- Senior Lecturer (Politics)
I joined Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow in September 2010 after completing an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. Prior to this, I received my PhD from the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds in 2007 where I was also appointed Lecturer in International Studies in 2008-9. My research interests include emotions and the politics of empathy, narratives of conflict, feminist, cultural and social theory, and critical pedagogies.
I am currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2019) on the project 'Empathy under Fire: 'Hearts and Minds' and the Politics of Empathy'. My research explores the politics of empathy and emotions in contexts of occupation and war, and I am currently focusing on the Human Terrain System adopted by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Previous research has focused on NATO’s intervention in Kosovo, communicative ethics, and the legitimacy of the use of force in the Security Council, the role of dialogue, trust and empathy in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and the dynamics of empathy in non-violent resistance movements in Israel/Palestine.
I am the director of the Olive Tree Initiative at Glasgow which is an award-winning experiential learning programme on conflict analysis in Israel/Palestine. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow in Communication and Conflict at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham and the co-founder and convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Emotions in Politics and International Relations.
- The politics of empathy and emotions
- Narratives of conflict
- Critical social and international political theory
- Cultural counterinsurgency, humanitarianism, and the use of force
- Conflict transformation, mediation and non-violence
Leverhulme Research Fellowship: Empathy under Fire: 'Hearts and Minds' and the Politics of Empathy (January 2019 - December 2019)
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Prospects for Conflict Transformation?Non-violence and civil society organisations in Israel and Palestine, Small Research Grant (July 2013) http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/politics/projects/prospects%20for%20conflict%20transformation/
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Transforming Conflict: Trust, Empathy, Dialogue and the Iranian nuclear crisis, Small Research Grant (July 2011)
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: Conflict, Dialogue and Ethics in International Relations: From the responsibility to Protect to the Responsibility to Discuss? (September 2009-August 2010)
Current PhD students:
Alex Maxwell: 'Post-conflict recovery in Gulu (North Ugandan Acholiland): Examining the impact of ex-combatant re-integration interventions on the coping strategies of communities, their social capital and the state of civil society'.
Michael Wolven: 'A History of Humanitarian Evacuations' (Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship)
I welcome applications from prospective doctoral students interested in pursuing research in my areas of interest.
- Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East (Honours)
- Olive Tree Initiative - Israel/Palestine (Honours)
- Humanitarian Intervention: Civilians or Sovereignty?
Director of the Olive Tree Initiative
Advisor of Studies
2018: Winner of the British International Studies Association Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize
2017: Winner of University of Glasgow Student Teaching Award for ‘Highly Innovative Teaching’
2016: Winner of College of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, University of Glasgow
2016: Winner of University of Glasgow Student Teaching Award for ‘Best Focus on International Opportunities’