Professor Toni Haastrup


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Professor Toni Haastrup

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I joined the University of Stirling in July 2019 as Senior Lecturer in International Politics. I am a graduate of the University of California, Davis (BA), the University of Cape Town (MA), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD).

My research broadly explores the nature of global power hierarchies (between the Global North and South) in knowledge and practice. I have worked in the area of global governance of security via regional security institutions - the African and European Unions. A part of my current research agenda draws on critical feminisms to understand the foreign policy practices of both institutions.

I have published on the relationship between the two institutions, including my monograph, Charting Transformation through Security: Contemporary-EU Africa Relations (Palgrave, 2013) and published in several leading international journals including Journal of European Integration, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Negotiation among many others.

I have also taught extensively on international organisations, the politics of European security, crisis in Europe, feminist themes in international politics and on contemporary global security challenges broadly.

Until June 2022, I was Editor-in-Chief of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. I am an executive committee member of Women Also Know Stuff, and an academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action, Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies (DIMES - I also co-convene the UACES Research Networks, Gendering EU Studies [] and EU as International Mediator []

I have worked with a number of international organisations and governments like the World Bank, the European Union, Irish and Canadian Governments. In 2020, I was invited to lend my expertise to the drafting of the Women, Peace and Security - Humanitarian Action Compact []. I currently serve as signatory focal point for Stirling.

I am an occasional media commentator on topics including the African Union, EU relations with Africa; feminist foreign policy; Brexit, and the women, peace and security agenda.


Emma Goldman Award

Honouring substantial contribution engagement and future potential. Supporting new knowledge on feminist and inequality issues in Europe

Inspirational Women Awards
University of Stirling

Woman Staff Member Winner

RATE Awards

Award Winner for Dedication to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Community Contribution

Written Evidence for House of Lords on International Development Cooperation after Brexit
UK Parliament

Written Evidence for House of Lords on International Development Cooperation after Brexit II
UK Parliament

Expert Advice, Irish Government

Consultation on 3rd National Action Plan

Written Evidence, House of Lords on Brexit: Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations
UK Parliament

Expert Advice, Global Affairs Canada

Expert Advice, Scottish Government
Scottish Government
Feminist Foreign Policy

Expert Advice, UN Women, WPS Secretariat
UN Women


Research Consultant
The World Bank

Provided research expertise on conflict-climate nexus and early warning institutions in the Horn of Africa

Researcher, country lead (Nigeria), External Perceptions of the EU
European Union

Provided support with a larger project on Nigeria case study - lit review; media analysis etc


PGR Viva Examinations
I have been internal PhD examiner at University of Kent & University of Stirling; and externally examined PhDs at: Surrey (2017), Warwick (2018), Witwatersrand (2018) Birmingham (2019), Dundee (2020) Canterbury Christ Church (2020) Cambridge (2021)

External Examiners and Validations

Evaluator, COST Action
European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST)

External Examiner
University College Cork

External Examiner
Newcastle University

Other Academic Activities

Editor in Chief, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

Editorial Board Memberships
Journals: African Security; African Spectrum; Contemporary Security Policy; European Journal of Politics and Gender; Global Studies Quarterly; International Politics; Politics & Gender; Security Dialogue Book series: Routledge Advances in Feminist Peace Research

Grant/Funding Evaluator
British Council (UK); British Academy (UK); Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC, UK); Flanders Research Council (Belgium); Leverhulme Trust (UK); National Research Foundation (South Africa); Social Studies Research Council (SSRC, USA); United States Institute for Peace (USIP, USA); Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Spanish State Research Agency) European Union COST Actions/Jean Monnet Actions

Other Project

Visiting Fellowship
Ghent University

1 month Fellowship to work with Prof. Jan Orbie not taken up due to COVID-19

Visiting Research Fellow
Lund University

Short stay hosted by Dr Annika Bergman-Rosamond & Prof. Karin Aggestam

Visiting Researcher
London School of Economics

Visiting Researcher (4 months) Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics

Visiting Researcher
University Leipzig

Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: University of Leipzig

External Associate
University of Warwick
Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation

Visiting Researcher
University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa

Women Also Know Stuff, Ex-Comm
Women Also Know Stuff - Promoting the Expertise of Women in Political Science.

Professional membership

Ex-officio, University Association of Contemporary European Studies

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Program Chair, Feminist Theory and Gender Section, International Studies Association

Secretary, British International Studies Association

Professional qualification

Fellow, HEA
Higher Education Academy


I am interested in how institutions of many kinds (don't) work - though my first love is international organisations

One dimension of my research examines the implementation practices of the global normative framework, Women, Peace and Security agenda particularly at regional level and in the Global South.

Another explores the content and practices of Feminist Foreign Policy drawing on postcolonial and decolonial feminisms.

Additionally, I also do research on the gendered implications of multiple crises with the examples of Brexit, and more recently COVID in a Higher Education context.

In the context of all of the above, I am further interested in the politics of knowledge production,

My research agenda is typically multidisciplinary though I probably feel most at home in International Studies.

Outputs (83)



Haastrup T, Phinnemore D & McGowan L (2022) A Dictionary of the European Union. In: 10th ed. London: Routledge.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2022) Feminist Peace Research in Europe: A Snapshot. In: Stern M & Towns AE (eds.) Feminist IR in Europe: Knowledge Production in Academic Institutions. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 55-74.

Book Review

Haastrup T (2022) Politics, NOT as usual. Review of: Decolonizing Politics: An Introduction, by Robbie Shilliam, London: Wiley, 2021, 192 pp. ISBN: 978-1-509-53939-0. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 29 (3), pp. 400-404.

Website Content

Haastrup T (2022) Negotiating Africa-EU futures amidst geopolitical turmoil. Africa Policy Research Institute [Blog Post] 01.08.2022.

Website Content

Haastrup T (2022) Braucht Afrika noch die EU? [How the EU-AU Summit failed Africa again]. International Politics and Society [Blog post] 25.02.2022.

Website Content

Haastrup T (2022) Africa-Europe, Toil and Trouble?. Italian Institute for International Political Studies [Blog Post] 16.02.2022.

Website Content

Duggan N, Haastrup T & Mah L (2022) Africa’s ties with Europe Should be Shaped by African Agency. World Politics Review [Blog post] 16.02.2022.'s%20Ties%20With%20Europe%20Will%20Be%20Shaped%20by%20African%20Agency&text=The%20Global%20Gateway%2C%20of%20which,and%20Road%20Initiative%2C%20or%20BRI.


Haastrup T, Dussey R, Maalim HM & Quintin B (2022) The future of Africa-EU relations: Restoring momentum for effective partnership. The future of Africa-EU relations: Restoring momentum for effective partnership, Online, 12.01.2022-12.01.2022.

Book Chapter

Ansorg N, Haastrup T & Wright KAM (2021) Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Feminist Interventions. In: Väyrynen T, Parashar S, Féron É & Confortini C (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. Routledge Handbooks. London: Routledge, pp. 202-211.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2021) Critical Perspectives on Africa's relationship with the European Union. In: Bigo D, Diez T, Fanoulis E, Rosamond B & Stivachtis YA (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies. Routledge International Handbooks. London: Routledge, pp. 511-522.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2021) Institutionalism. In: Devetak R & True J (eds.) Theories of International Relations. 6th ed. London: Red Globe Press.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2021) Studying Femocrats, Gendered Practices and Narratives of Masculinist Protection. In: Döring KPW, Engel U, Gelot L & Herpolsheimer J (eds.) Researching the Inner Life of the African Peace and Security Architecture: APSA Inside-Out. Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, 25. Leiden: Brill, pp. 164-185.

Edited Book

Haastrup T, Mah L & Duggan N (eds.) (2021) The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations. Routledge International Handbooks. London: Routledge.

Edited Book

Haastrup T, Mah L & Duggan N (eds.) (2021) The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations. Routledge International Handbooks. London: Routledge.

Website Content

Haastrup T (2021) Is the EU a feminist actor?. (Henrich Boll Stiftung Articles) [Blog post] 23.08.2021.

Website Content

Haastrup T (2020) The Security Dimension of EU-Africa Relations. Italian Institute for International Political Studies (Published version) [Internet] 21.12.2020.


Haastrup T (2020) Feminist Foreign Policy So White. Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy Summer Event Series, Virtual, 14.07.2020-14.07.2020.

Website Content

Haastrup T, Bhambra G, Rutazibwa O, Smith K, Bell D, Persaud R, Bouka Y, Thakur V & Adem S (2020) Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism? [Feminist Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore Race]. Foreign Policy [Blog post] 03.07.2020.

Book Review

Haastrup T (2019) Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit. Review of:
ed. by Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira, Susan Millns,
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 485pp. ISBN: 978-3-030-03121-3. LSE Review of Books.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2019) WPS and the African Union. In: True J & Davies S (eds.) The Oxford Handbook on Women Peace and Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 375--387.

Website Content

Haastrup T, Ahall L, Cook S, Guerrina R, Masters C, Mills L, Saara S & Wright K (2018) Feminist labour at the ISA: White manels, the politics of citation and mundane productions of disciplinary sexism and racism. [The Disorder of Things] 26.06.2018.


Haastrup T, Whitman RG, Fioramonti L, Macrae H, Masselot A & Young AR (2018) Editorial Note. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56 (2), pp. 209-211.

Authored Book

Haastrup T, McGowan L & Phinnemore D (2017) A Dictionary of the European Union, 8th Edition. Abingdon: Routledge.

Website Content

Haastrup T, Wright K & Guerrina R (2016) Women in Brexit Debate: still largely confined to 'low' politics. [LSE Brexit Blog] 17.06.2016.

Website Content

Haastrup T (2016) The EU Referendum: Brexit's Imperial Delusions. The Disorder of Things: For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Since 2010 [Blog Post] 25.05.2016.

Website Content

Haastrup T, Guerrina R & Katharine W (2016) Is it really that hard to find women to talk about the EU?. [LSE Impact Blog] 19.05.2016.

Technical Report

Haastrup T, Cochrane F, Dumasy T, Large J & Whitman R (2015) Mapping Perspectives on the EU as Mediator. University of Kent. GEC/CARC.

Book Review

Haastrup T (2015) Review: Critical perspectives on African politics. Gabay C (Editor) & Death C (Editor) International Affairs, 91 (2), pp. 438--439.

Technical Report

Haastrup T & Lucia EL (2014) Nigeria and Regional Security. European University Institute. EUI RSCAS; 2014/49; Global Governance Programme-103; European, Transnational and Global Governance. EUI Working Papers.

Technical Report

Haastrup T (2012) Regional Leadership: The Role of the EU. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2012) EU-US Cooperation on Security: The African Case. In: Laursen F (ed.) The EU, Security and Transatlantic Relations. Euroclio. Peter Lang, pp. 251--271.

Book Chapter

Haastrup T (2009) A Security Actor in a Changing World?. In: Laursen F (ed.) The EU as a Foreign and Security Policy Actor. International Relations Studies. Republic of Letters, pp. 281--300.



Here at Stirling, I am convening and teaching at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

ICCPP02 - International Organisations focuses on the role of different types of organisations on the global governance of various policy aspects that affect our daily lives.

POLU9FT - Feminist Approaches to International Politics introduces a feminist lens to core issues in international politics from war and peace to the global political economy, to the role of new technologies in activism.

POLU9CA - Critical Approaches to European Security places contemporary developments in the formation of a European Security architecture in historical context and applies a critical lens to security in a European context.

POLU9IS - International Security

ICCPP05 - is a new postgraduate module that explores issues that challenge global security; seeks to understand and explain them from a variety of perspectives and evaluate the responses to those challenges