Below you can find the candidate nomination statements for BISA's 2018 Executive Committee Elections. Those members who are eligible to vote will receive their voting emails on the afternoon of Friday the 16th November.
Dr. Danielle Beswick - for the position of Honorary Treasurer
I have been an active participant in BISA for over ten years, including co-convening the Africa and International Studies Working Group from 2014-17. I am currently a BISA trustee (elected 2018) and am now applying for the role of Honorary Treasurer. BISA is a vibrant, dynamic and ambitious association, and I am committed to supporting its continued success. I am keen to ensure that BISA continues and improves support for early career scholars and women in the profession. If elected, I would be honoured to help contribute to BISA’s development as an Officer and a member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Ben Kienzle - for the position of Executive Committee Member
I am seeking election to the BISA Executive as a Committee Member. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department (School of Security Studies) at King’s College London. My interests lie in international security cooperation, in particular regarding the control of nuclear weapons and European defence. Since the early days of my doctoral studies, I have benefited enormously from my BISA membership and I am now eager to contribute to BISA’s work myself. Within the context of Brexit and an increasingly competitive university sector in the UK, I am particularly keen to make sure that BISA remains the open, diverse and inclusive association that has offered a home for international studies scholars from across Europe and around the world for over four decades. In the future, it will be even more important to work closely with partners in Europe, North America and other parts of the world. As a EU citizen with research and teaching links across Europe, I am acutely aware of the precarious situation of European scholars in the UK and the need to provide a stable long-term perspective. This is particularly true for early- and mid-career academics, who – as in my case – need to balance work commitments and substantial parental responsibilities. I believe BISA can make an important difference in this regard. Therefore, I would be delighted if you chose to support my application.
Professor Ruth Blakeley - for the position of Vice-Chair
As a former Trustee (2010-12) and former Honorary Secretary (2012-2015) of BISA, and as editor of Review of International Studies (2016-2019), I have demonstrated my commitment to advancing the discipline of International Studies. BISA has a special role to play in providing resources and fora for scholars to develop collaborative research and networks, and to support early career colleagues entering the field, through its specialist working groups. Over the past five years BISA has increased its support for early career researchers, particularly through the postgraduate network. If elected as Vice-Chair, further investment in our postgraduate and early career colleagues will be a key priority. BISA, along with allied professional associations in the UK and internationally, should be at the forefront of shaping higher education policy for the good. This is of critical importance at a time when universities face real threats, whether in terms of resourcing, or from political currents that seek to erode the influence of scholarship and critical thinking that our discipline fosters. BISA also has a role to play in tackling limited student and staff diversity in higher education, and to enhancing dialogue and collaboration with scholars in the Global South. I am committed to creating genuine opportunities to diversify the discipline and address the various inequalities that stubbornly persist in academia. With significant leadership experience as a former Head of Department, and as the Director for the ESRC White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, I am well placed to join the BISA Board of Trustees and help lead the association in exciting new initiatives that will bring greater esteem to the field of International Studies and create improved opportunities for BISA members at all stages of their careers to thrive and develop.