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Dr Kandida Purnell

Lecturer in International Relations (Security)

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Kandida Purnell is Lecturer in International Relations (Security) at City, University of London's Department of International Politics. Prior to this Kandida worked at the University of Aberdeen as a Teaching Fellow in Politics and IR (2016-2018) and Teaching Assistant in the School of Social Science (2013-2016) and gained a PhD in IR within Aberdeen's Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence programme under the primary supervision of Professor Marysia Zalewski in 2016.

Kandida's research advances International Relations (IR) by interrogating how discourses, practices, and performances of violence, conflict, and security assemble/disassemble and move bodies and how bodies may act in turn to (dis/)assemble violence, conflict, and security regimes. Kandida's first book 'Re-thinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politic' will be published by Routledge's Interventions series in 2019.

Kandida has six years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Politics/Political Theory, IR, Security Studies, and Sociology.


  1. Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy, 2014
  2. PhD International Relations, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 2011 – 2016
  3. MA International Relations, King's College London, United Kingdom, 2008 – 2009


  1. Lecturer in International Relations (Security), City, University of London, 2018 – present
  2. Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, 2016 – 2018
  3. Teaching Assistant, University of Aberdeen, 2013 – 2016


Geographic Areas

  • Americas - North
  • Europe



  1. Purnell, K. (2019). Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politic. Routledge.

Journal articles (3)

  1. Purnell, K. and Danilova, N. (2018). Dancing at the frontline: Rosie Kay’s 5SOLDIERS de-realises and re-secures war. Critical Studies on Security, 6(3), pp. 370–375. doi:10.1080/21624887.2018.1432535.
  2. Purnell, K. (2018). Grieving, Valuing, and Viewing Differently: The Global War on Terror's American Toll. International Political Sociology, 12(2), pp. 156–171. doi:10.1093/ips/oly004.
  3. Purnell, K. (2014). Body Politics and Boundary Work. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 39(4), pp. 271–286. doi:10.1177/0304375415575208.