Dr Naomi Head
- Senior Lecturer (Politics)
I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow I previously held positions at the University of Leeds where I was a Lecturer (2008-9) and Aberystwyth University where I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-10).
In 2019 I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship 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 along with a wider focus on the relationship between culture and counterinsurgency. 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 emotional dynamics of the Iranian nuclear issue, and the dynamics of empathy in non-violent resistance movements 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.
My research focuses on the following areas:
- The politics of empathy and emotions
- Narratives of conflict
- Critical social and international political theory
- Counterinsurgency, humanitarianism, and the use of force
- Conflict transformation, mediation and non-violence
- Critical pedagogies
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)
- Israel/Palestine (Honours)
- Humanitarian Intervention: Civilians or Sovereignty?
2020-2022: Elected Trustee, British International Studies Association
2018 - present: Co-founder and Co-convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Emotions in Politics and International Relations
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’
Director of the Olive Tree Initiative (UoG)
Advisor of Studies