Y Ariadne Collins is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She holds a doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Policy, a Master’s in Research in International Environmental Policy and Politics and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Guyana. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin before taking up this role.
Her research interests include climate change governance and environmental policy and politics, especially in relation to the historical and cultural uses of forests in the Guianas. More specifically, she conducts research on neoliberalism and development through an analysis of market-based conservation and post-colonial development. Ariadne’s work is particularly attuned to the legacy of the colonial encounter in structuring the societies of Guyana and Suriname, often identifying and interrogating connections between this historical experience and the market methods for effecting behaviour change around the use of forests.
Malaka Shwaikh is an associate lecturer in peace and conflict studies at the University of St Andrews. Her research covers decolonial, intersectional and critical understandings of peace and conflict, focusing mostly on the Levant and north African regions. Her PhD research examined hunger strikes in the Palestinian context, arguing that Palestinian prisoners continue their resistance from within Israeli prisons, turning this contentious space into sites of resistance, and weaponizing their lives through the last-resort tactic of hunger strikes.
Muireann joined the School of International Relations in September 2020. Her work is situated within feminist political economy, with a particular focus on the European Union. Her work explores the various roles played by race and gender in the construction, normalisation, and legitimation of economic policy. Currently, Muireann is working on research on disintegration and differentiation in European integration, as well as research on the EU’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Muireann previously taught at the University of Warwick and University College Dublin, where she completed her PhD in 2017. She has published in leading EU studies and feminist journals, including the Journal of Common Market Studies and the European Journal of Politics and Gender. Her first book, Race and Gender in European Economic Governance, will be published by Agenda in 2021.