Dr Gemma Bird

Senior Lecturer Politics

Research

Research interests

My research sits at the intersection between political theory and International Relations. In the past this has led to an interest in cross-cultural interactions and how these can be achieved justly. My book 'Foundations of Just Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Kant and African Political Thought' explores these questions in the context of anti-colonial and postcolonial scholarship. Since 2017 I have been working on a collaborative research project IR Aesthetics with colleagues from Aston University. As a part of this project I have looked at questions of border governance, citizenship, visual politics and provisions for refugees on the Balkan Route(s). I have published in leading journals in the field including Cooperation and Conflict and Citizenship Studies. I am interested in supervising PhD students in these areas.