About Me

Dr. Amanda Chisholm (Project Primary Investigator)


I am a lecturer in Global Politics at Newcastle University and recent recipient of the ESRC Future Leaders grant. My research contributes to the growing field of critical gender studies on private military and security companies (PMSCs). My research, rooted in feminist global political economy (GPE) and feminist critical security studies, has developed the existing critical security research on privatisation of security by offering ethnographic insights into critical security studies from a postcolonial gender framing thereby incorporating race and colonial histories as two important analytics in understanding the globalization of private security.

I remain motivated by the ways in which race, class and gender intersect and make certain subjectivities possible whilst foreclosing on others. To this end, my future research plans involve examining how global South migrant security labourers negotiate, challenge and resist dominant understandings and representations of themselves in global security. I am committed to researching through intersectionalities of race, class and gender and combining qualitative methodologies. Some of my recent publications include: Everyday Matters in Global Private Security Supply Chains (co-authored with Saskia Stachowitsch) and Marketing the Gurkhas Security Package.

I am excited to be involved in this project and to be working alongside some fantastic experts in the field including Dr. Alex HughesProf. Rachel WoodwardDr. Zahar Babar, Dr. Wen Lin and Prof. Ray Jureidini. The world class academic team are complimented by industry leaders in ethical recruitment and management practices including Tristan Forster, CEO of FSI Worldwide and Bassam Al Tahtamouni of Global Staffing Solutions (GSS) and internationally recognised labour advocacy and human rights champion,  Mustafa Qadri. Watch this space for some exciting updates.

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