Bryony Vince

Department of Politics and International Relations

PhD research student

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Bryony Vince
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
Sheffield
S10 2TU
Profile

Bryony is an ESRC funded doctoral student in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her research broadly seeks to dismantle Eurocentric and racist understandings of international relations by uncovering anti-Eurocentric and non-Western approaches to international relations phenomena. Her PhD thesis specifically looks at how local organisations in South Africa utilise the African worldview of ubuntu to inform peacebuilding initiatives.

Bryony is Co-Editor, with Prof. John Hobson, of the Rowman and Littlefield book series Global Dialogues: Non-Eurocentric Visions of the Global. She is also Deputy Features Editor of E-International Relations - the world’s leading open access journal for students and scholars of international politics.

Her article, Constructing a Non-Western Theory of IR: A Cosmological Framework, was shortlisted for the 2019 Northedge Essay Prize by Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and her essay How Global is Security Studies? The Possibility of Non-Western Theory was awarded the E-International Relations Essay Award in 2018.

She writes academic blogs, reviews and articles, and publishes interviews with scholars and practitioners on her website.

Recent publications

The importance of indigenous solutions during post-war peacebuilding | Civil War Paths blog

Qualifications

BA (Hons), Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield
MA, International Politics, University of Sheffield
MA, Social Research Methods, University of Sheffield

Research interests

Thesis working title: Forgetting IR: How Ubuntu is used as a tool for conflict resolution in South Africa

Supervisors: Prof. John Hobson and Dr. Helen Turton

Funding: ESRC Doctoral Studentship

Brief summary:

Bryony’s research seeks to dismantle Eurocentric and racist understandings of international relations by looking beyond traditional Western concepts, theories and methodologies to uncover culturally and contextually sensitive, non-Western understandings of international relations phenomena.

Given the dominance of Western knowledge informing peacebuilding solutions outside the West (Europe and North America), her research specifically looks at how local, community-led organisations in South Africa are utilising the African worldview of ubuntu to inform peacebuilding initiatives. This research will shed light on how additional approaches to peacebuilding, based on knowledge originating outside the West, can provide solutions that are culturally and contextually relevant to the target population.

Research Interests:

  • Ubuntu
  • Intervention
  • Peacebuilding
  • Decolonial research
  • International Relations (IR)
  • Non-Western IR / Global IR
  • Anti-Eurocentric / Anti-racist IR
Professional activities

Teaching

Associate Lecturer/Module Leader –  Decolonising and Decentering IR (MA core module), Sheffield Hallam University 

Funding and awards

1+3 PhD Studentship (2019-2023)

Awarding body: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Highest Achievement in MA International Politics (2019)

Awarding body: Department of Politics and IR, University of Sheffield

Northedge Essay Prize (shortlisted - 2019)

Article: Constructing a Non-Western Theory of IR: A Cosmological Framework

Awarding body: Millennium: Journal of International Studies: Shortlisted, 2019

Essay Award (2017)

Essay: How Global is Security Studies? The Possibility of Non-Western Theory

Awarding body: E-International Relations


Affiliations

Bryony is a fellow of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War.