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Donna Pankhurst

Professor of Peacebuilding & Development

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Emaild.t.pankhurst@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 234176

Biography

Donna began academic life focussing on land and gender issues in Africa, completing a PhD at the University of Liverpool on Zimbabwe, and going on to teach Development Studies. Since being in Peace Studies she has focussed on post-conflict peacebuilding issues, with a particular interest in gender (both male and female) in teaching and research.

She teaches at all levels (4-7) and has supervised more than twenty PhD students to completion.

Her current research project is called, 'Soldiers After Wars'. Phase One focuses on the response to, and treatment of, military veterans in the UK and USA with a view to evaluating global 'best practice' and leading to Phase 2 with a more international focus.
A sub-theme also generates a critical evaluation of common explanations for veterans / ex-combatants committing crimes of violence against women in greater numbers than civilian populations.

Research

Donna Pankhursts main area of research interest is gender issues in conflict and post-conflict settings. Such issues include men's experiences, and issues of masculinity and violence, as well as the post-conflict experiences of women. She is part of a network of scholars who work in these areas. Her research history concentrated more on land issues in Southern Africa (particularly Zimbabwe and Namibia) and post-conflict politics in other countries in East and West Africa. She has also worked with a number of NGOs and international organisations as advisor and consultant. Donna Pankhursts main area of research interest is gender issues in conflict and post-conflict settings. Such issues include men's experiences, and issues of masculinity and violence, as well as the post-conflict experiences of women. She is part of a network of scholars who work in these areas. Her research history concentrated more on land issues in Southern Africa (particularly Zimbabwe and Namibia) and post-conflict politics in other countries in East and West Africa. She has also worked with a number of NGOs and international organisations as advisor and consultant.

Donna is currently developing research on how gender roles and identities change in conflict and post-conflict settings, with a particular focus on attitudes to inter-personal violences. There are three strands to this future work:
  1. Ex-Army Servicemen in the UK: The experiences and perceptions of men who have seen active service in the British army and then tried to re-engage in civilian life. 
  2. International Policies on Male Ex-Combatants: The policy and methodological lessons from the UK research which can be applied to international organisations and other contexts, particularly in Africa. 
  3. Male Ex-Combatants in African Locations: parallel research in African settings with ex-combatants, especially at sites of ‘traditional conflict resolution’ and memorialisation.

 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
Title'What is wrong with men?': Revisiting violence against women in conflict and peacebuilding (2016)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.
 
TitleGender issues in post-war contexts: A review of analysis and experience, and implications for policies (2007)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.
 
TitleThe 'sex war' and other wars: Towards a feminist approach to peace building (2003)
AuthorsPankhurst D.
JournalDevelopment in Practice
DOI10.1080/0961452032000073152
 
TitleWomen and Politics in Africa: The Case of Uganda (2002)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.
 
TitleIssues of justice and reconciliation in complex political emergencies: Conceptualising reconciliation, justice and peace (1999)
AuthorsPankhurst D.
JournalThird World Quarterly
DOI10.1080/01436599914027
 
Title‘Similar but Different: The Reserve Economy Legacy of Namibia (1996)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalJournal of Southern African Studies
 
TitleTowards Reconciliation of the Land Issue in Namibia: Identifying the Possible, Assessing the Probable (1995)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalDevelopment and Change
 
Title‘Constraints and Incentives in "Successful" Peasant Agriculture. The Case of Murasi Village (1991)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalJournal of Southern African Studies
 
TitleHunger in Western Sudan (1988)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalCapital and Class
 
Other Journal
Title‘Unravelling Reconciliation and Justice? Land and the Potential for Conflict in Namibia (2000)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
Publisherpeace and change
 
Book
TitleGendered Peace: Women's Struggles for Post-War Justice and Reconciliation. (2009)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.
 
TitleA Resolvable Conflict? The Politics of Land in Namibia (1996)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
PublisherUniversity of Bradford
 
Book Chapter
TitleGender Dimensions of Group Violence (2014)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.
 
TitleIntroduction: Gendered War and Peace (2012)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalGendered Peace. Women's Struggles for post-war Justice and Reconciliation
PublisherRoutledge and UNRISD
 
TitlePost-war backlash violence against women: What can “masculinity” explain? (2012)
AuthorsPankhurst D.
JournalGendered Peace: Women's Struggles for Post-War Justice and Reconciliation
DOI10.4324/9780203939130
 
Title‘Sexual Violence in War’ (2010)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalShepherd, Laura J (ed), Gender Matters in Global Politics. A Feminist Introduction to International Relations
PublisherRoutledge
 
TitleGlobalisation and Democracy: International Donors and Civil Society in Zimbabwe. (2009)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.
 
Title‘Gendered Peace’ (2008)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalPugh, M. et al, Whose peace? Critical perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
 
Title‘The Sex War and Other Wars: Towards a Feminist Approach to Peacebuilding (2004)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalH.Afshar & D.Eade (eds), Development, Women and War,
PublisherOXFAM
 
Title‘Women and Politics in Africa: The Case of Uganda (2003)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalRoss, K (ed), Women, Politics, and Change
PublisherOxford University Press
 
TitleMaking a Difference? The Inclusion of Gender into Institutional Conflict Management Policies (2002)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
JournalBraig Marianne & Wölte (eds), Common Ground or Mutual Exclusion. Women’s Movements & International Relations,
PublisherZed Press
 
Edited Book
TitleGendered peace: Women’s struggles for post-war justice and reconciliation (2012)
AuthorsPankhurst D.
PublisherRoutledge and UNRISD
DOI10.4324/9780203939130
 
TitleThe Transition to Independence in Namibia (1994)
AuthorsLionel Cliffe with Bush R., Lindsay J., Mokopakgosi B., Pankhurst D. and Tsie B
PublisherLynne Rienner
 
Published Report
Title‘Gender, Armed Conflict and the Search for Peace’, chapter 3, Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World, Report for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) A decade after the UN conference at Beijing (2005)
AuthorsDONNA PANKHURST
PublisherUnited National Research Institute for Social Development
 
Other Publication
Other typeWorking Paper
TitleWomen, Gender and Peacebuilding (2000)
AuthorsPankhurst, Donna T.