Dr Toni Haastrup University of Kent (2nd Term of office)
Proposed by Dr Katharine Wright Newcastle University Seconded by Dr Julia Welland University of Warwick
I am seeking re-election as an executive committee member. I am motivated by my belief in maintaining and advancing an inclusive and diverse BISA whose primary purpose is to work hard for its membership while pressing ahead on behalf of our discipline in these uncertain times. For 2 years, and as part of an active executive committee, I have contributed to expanded support to our working groups, integrated our postgraduate colleagues more into BISA's core membership while also seeking to positively represent the interests of our membership externally. I'd be privileged to continue in this role.
Dr Vicki Squire University of Warwick (2nd term of office)
Proposed by Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams University of Warwick Seconded by Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly University of Warwick
I have worked across a range of UK institutions in both a research and a teaching capacity, and have experience of collaborating with colleagues from various regions of the world. My research cuts across the fields of border, migration and citizenship studies. I am currently Co-Editor of the journal International Political Sociology, having previously been Associate Editor of Citizenship Studies and Executive Committee Member of the International Political Sociology Section of ISA. I am strongly committed to supporting junior colleagues and women in the profession, and seek to continue as BISA Executive Committee Member following a period of parental leave.
Dr Danielle Beswick University of Birmingham
Proposed by Mark Webber University of Birmingham Seconded by Stephen Hurt Oxford Brookes University
I am a Senior Lecturer in the International Development Department (IDD), University of Birmingham. My research over the past decade has been driven by two questions: how have African elites sought to maximise their agency by shaping how they are perceived and engaged with by international actors; and, more recently, how do domestic political concerns shape UK international development policies, particularly under recent Conservative-led governments. BISA has provided the primary intellectual community for developing these ideas with a network of colleagues in the UK, US, Europe and Africa. It is a vibrant and dynamic association and, if elected, I would be honoured to help contribute to BISA’s development as a member of the Executive Committee.
I have been an active participant in BISA for over ten years, co-convening the Africa and International Studies Working Group from 2014-17. I was principal investigator for an ESRC Seminar Series linked to the Group from 2014-16, regularly co-ordinating and participating in panels at BISA annual conferences, as well as organising BISA-funded events. In 2014, along with Dr Carl Death, I established the African Affairs prize for the best Africa-related paper presented by a postgraduate researcher at BISA or ISA. From personal experience I can attest to BISA’s valuable role in providing a network of potential collaborators and opportunities to advance research, particularly for new scholars. The growth and activities of the Africa and International Studies Working Group during my tenure demonstrate my commitment to maintaining and enhancing the leadership role BISA plays in the UK scholarly community. If elected, I will use my experience as a convenor to support the Working Groups to grow and thrive, particularly focusing on early career scholar engagement and initiatives to link Groups with external partners to raise the profile and impact of BISA scholars’ research outside academia.
Dr Julia Welland University of Warwick
Professor Marysia Zalewski Cardiff University Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams University of Warwick
I have been an active member of BISA for several years, co-convening the Gendering IR Working Group since 2015. As a (relatively) early career scholar and having experienced the anxieties of precarious employment I care deeply about improving the professional experience of ECRs, as well as creating a kinder and more welcoming working, research and teaching environment for those who have or continue to experience exclusion or isolation within the discipline. I seek to be generous, compassionate and collegial in my academic and professional life, and, if elected, would bring this ethos to my engagement with the BISA Executive.
Dr Stuart Sheilds University of Manchester
Proposed by Juanita Elias Warwick University Seconded by Daniela Tepe-Belfrage Univesity of Liverpool
I am Senior Lecturer in IPE and School of Social Science Director of Postgraduate Research at Manchester University. I convened BISA's IPE working group (2008-11).
As IPEG convenor I developed a strong organisation, increasing membership, and introducing a range of communication innovations, while securing the participation of early career UK-based scholars in conferences in Europe and the US by more fully exploiting IPEG's access to the major institutions of International Studies.
I benefited from BISA membership at every step of my career and would relish the opportunity to serve an organisation that has given me so much.
Prof. Tim Edmunds University of Bristol (Co-opted committee member)
Proposed by Mark Webber University of Birmingham Seconded byJutta Weldes University of Bristol
I am seeking election to the BISA Executive as a Committee Member. I am currently Professor of International Security and Director of the Global Insecurities Centre, in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol. I am also founding Editor-in-Chief of BISA's European Journal of International Security (EJIS). I have a longstanding commitment to BISA, having first joined the Association in 1999, and would be honoured to contribute to its future development and governance. British IR is vibrant and diverse, encompassing a full range of theoretical and methodological approaches, and covering a wide variety of problem spaces and empirical cases. Such diversity is a sign of a healthy discipline, but must be actively and constructively sustained through debate and dialogue across our various traditions and perspectives. BISA has a key role in fostering such engagement, and also in reaching out to colleagues in Europe, North America and beyond. Strengthening these connections is all the more important given the challenges posed to our discipline by changes in the UK university sector more widely, including the impact of Brexit. As a community of scholars, we must navigate these challenges, to remain open, curious and innovative. We must also support and encourage new entrants to the profession in the particular challenges they face, including our community of PhD students. I believe I would be well-placed to promote and support these goals as a member of the BISA Executive Committee. My role with the journal means I have a close engagement with developments in the discipline and with colleagues working across the Association. I have also held leadership roles within my university and academic school, and have a close day-to-day knowledge of the life of the discipline and sector. I very much hope you will support my application.