Roisin Read

Roisin Read


Personal profile


I joined HCRI in 2014, having completed my ESRC-funded PhD in the Global Development Institute (then IDPM), to work on the ESRC Making Peacekeeping Data Work for the International Community Project which focused on the African Union/United Nations mission in Darfur, Sudan (UNAMID). The project included the ethical and political implications of security incident data collection and analysis; the effects of different kinds of data sources (qualitative/quantitative) on narratives of conflict; the gendered nature of security data; and the politics of interpretative frames for analysing conflict. 

In September 2017, I became a Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Stuidies, my research explores the politics of international interventions in conflict, with a focus on the dynamics of knowledge production and representation. Geographically, my research is centred on Sudan and South Sudan. I am also interested in the reform of the humanitarian system, including: the use of technology in humanitarianism; the role of visual representations in humanitarian identity formation; humanitarian security; and international humanitarian non-governmental organisations’ legitimacy. 

I welcome PhD supervision inquires and I am particularly interested in supervising on issues of gender and humanitarianism; representation and knowledge production in/for international interventions; and conflict and post-conflict transitions in African contexts, especially South Sudan and Sudan.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations
  • International Development
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Humanitarianism
  • International Non-governmental Organisations
  • Security

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Digital Futures
  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
  • Creative Manchester
  • Healthier Futures


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