Dr Toni Haastrup

Senior Lecturer International Politics

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Dr 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.

I am currently Editor-in-Chief of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. I am an executive committee member of Women Also Know Stuff, an academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action, Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies (DIMES - https://www.uaces.org/dimes) I co-convene the UACES Research Networks, Gendering EU Studies [https://tinyurl.com/5bjc6866] and EU as International Mediator [https://www.uaces.org/networks/europe-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 [https://wpshacompact.org/]. 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.


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 II
UK Parliament


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


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


Expert Advice, Irish Government

Consultation on 3rd National Action Plan

Expert Advice, Scottish Government
Scottish Government
Feminist Foreign Policy

Expert Advice, Global Affairs Canada

Expert Advice, UN Women, WPS Secretariat
UN Women


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

Research Consultant
The World Bank

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


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

External Examiner
Newcastle University

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

External Examiner
University College Cork

Other Academic Activities

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

Editor in Chief, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

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 Researcher
London School of Economics

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

Visiting Research Fellow
Lund University

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

Visiting Researcher
University Leipzig

Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: University of Leipzig

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

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

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

Professional membership

Ex-officio, University Association of Contemporary European Studies

Secretary, British International Studies Association

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

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Professional qualification

Fellow, HEA
Higher Education Academy