Columba Achilleos-Sarll’s primary research examines the United Nation’s Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ (WPS) agenda. She focuses in particular on the UK’s implementation and institutionalisation of the agenda and the role of networked, and transnational, civil society drawing from feminist and post/decolonial approaches to International Relations. Beyond the WPS agenda, Columba’s research extends to feminist foreign policy, gender, race and security, the gendered nature of Brexit, civil society and advocacy, migration, and visual politics. Her research has been published in International Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies. She has also written a number of blogs and opinion pieces.
Before joining Birmingham, Columba was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna, an affiliated research fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP), and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She has been shortlisted or the recipient of a number of research prizes including the 2019 ISA Global Development Studies Section Edward Said Award, shortlisted for the 2021 International Affairs early career prize, and shortlisted for the 2017 Feminist Studies Association Prize.