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Ms. Caitlin Ryan


B.A. Political Science, Northern Arizona University; M.A. Peace and Development Studies and PhD, University of Limerick.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan is a Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies at the University of Limerick. Her research engages with gendered experiences of security and insecurity, as well as how insecurity is resisted in the 'everyday.' In addition to her recently published book, her work is published in International Political Sociology and Critical Studies on Security. Her current research investigates how women experience insecurity in community impacted by large-scale land deals. She has previously worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University.

Research Interests

I am interested in critical approaches to security studies. specifically, in how security and insecurity are experienced in the 'everyday' and how experiences of insecurity are resisted. I carried out research into the experiences of Palestinian women living under occupation in the West Bank. I have also conducted research on the implementation of the UN Women, Peace, and Security resolution in Liberia. My current research investigates how large-scale land deals in West Africa impact rural women's security.

Teaching Interests

I teach several MA seminars, including Development, Peacebuilding, and Conflict, Security, & Development. I also teach PO4107 Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict for undergraduates in the Autumn term.