Dr Gemma Bird

Senior Lecturer Politics


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.