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Dr Kandida Purnell

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Dr Kandida Purnell is an International Relations (IR) and Security Studies expert with six years of in-class and online University teaching experience. Currently working as a Lecturer in International Relations (Security) at City, University of London's Department of International Politics, Kandida gained a PhD in IR within Aberdeen's Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence programme under the joint supervision of Professor Marysia Zalewski (Gender Studies/IR), Dr Andrea Teti (Political Theory/IR), and Dr Andrew McKinnon (Sociology). Since then, Kandida’s research has advanced IR and Security Studies by interrogating how discourses, practices, and performances of violence, conflict, and (in)security work to (dis/re/)assemble and move bodies and how bodies may act in turn to (dis/re/)assemble regimes, structures, and logics of violence, conflict, and (in)security.

Within the current REF cycle, Kandida has so far published in International Political Sociology (2018), Critical Studies on Security (2018), Alternatives: Global, Local, Political (2015), and her first book 'Re-thinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politic' will be published by Routledge's Interventions series in 2020. Kandida also currently has a book and article under review with Edinburgh University Press (Advances in Critical Military Studies series) and Critical Military Studies.

Having worked collaboratively with PI Dr Natasha Danilova on the Carnegie funded ‘War Commemoration, Military Culture, and Identity Politics in Scotland’ project between 2016 and 2018, Kandida’s proposed solo-research project (Bringing Bodies Back: Repatriation, War Performance, and the Global War on Terror) is currently under consideration by the Leverhulme Trust for an Early Career Fellowship and through to the British Academy 2019 Post-Doctoral Fellowship award’s second stage where it stands a 1/2 chance of being awarded.


  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. (2020). 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.