Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Louise Pears

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

I work with Dr Nick Robinson researching the militarization of social media and videogames as part of a multinational research project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Prior to this I was the Research Fellow for the Security and Justice Research Group at the University of Leeds.

I obtained my PhD in 2016 from the University of Leeds. I also hold an MA in Research Methods (Gender) from Leeds, an MSc in Gender and International Relations from the University of Bristol and an MA (Cantab) in Social Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. 

Before returning to academia I held positions at Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and Google. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on Security Studies, Gender, International Political Sociology and Research Methods. In particular I am interested in the relationship between (in)security, culture and people’s lives and identities.

My PhD was entitled Terrorists, heroes and Homeland: how race and gender are negotiated to make sense of terrorism TV. This research, and my current work, asks questions about how audiences create meaning from popular culture and what this means for the reproduction of and resistance to security discourses and ultimately power. I draw on Critical Security Studies, Feminist International Relations, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Gender theory and Critical Race scholarship.   

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