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Dr. Gillian Wylie

Assistant Professor (School of Religion)


I am originally for Scotland - where I did my studies in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. In 2001 I became a full time lecturer on the M.Phil in International Peace Studies. As well as teaching on the M.Phil in International Peace Studies, I co-ordinate our School's PG Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies and supervise a large number of masters and doctoral students - particularly in the field of gender, conflict and peace. My research specialism lies in human trafficking, the politics of international migration, globalization and gender issues. I am an editorial board member of the Journal of Human Trafficking (Taylor and Francis). I have served as my School's Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning and as the Head of Discipline in the Irish School of Ecumenics in recent years. I am committed to civic engagement, particularly the issue of how universities respond to refugees facing crisis in Europe.
  contemporary slavery   Global Civil Society   Globalisation   Human Trafficking   Migration   Sex Trafficking   Trafficking   UN1325   women, peace and security
 'Trafficking for Forced Labour: The Irish Case'
 Designing GBV programming in fragile states and contexts affected by violence

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Member of the Board of Christian Aid Ireland 2015-present
External evaluator National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship Scheme Awards Scheme 2018 2018
External evaluator of the 2017 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Call 2017
Member of conflict research academic and civil society group providing a response to Irish Government's Public Consultation on Ireland's Third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security - UN Resolution 1325 2018
Work Package Leader - Erasmus Plus Capacity Building in Higher Education Project - PESTUGE Creating a Graduate Curriculum in Peace Studies in Georgia (2015-18) 2015-18
Co-leader TCD Equality Fund Project 'Learning to Build New Lives: Trinity College Responding in Times of Crisis' 2017
Review of book proposals for Palgrave, Routledge, Sage
Member of conflict research academic and civil society group providing a response to Irish Government's Public Consultation on the new White Paper on Irish Aid (2018) 2018
Member of International Advisory Board for research into Presbyterians Response to the Troubles (Queens University Belfast) 2017
Peer reviewer for journals including British Journal of Sociology, Cold War Studies, Comparative European Politics, Contemporary Justice Review, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Journal of Human Trafficking
Christian Aid 'From Violence to Peace' - External Advisory Group - a group of international academics and developmet practitioners advising CA on the development of this strategic aim. 2017-present
Member of International Advisory Board - Queens University Belfast research project commissioned by Department of Justice (NI) into Prostitution in Northern Ireland 2014
Representing TCD on Coimbra Group committee on university responses to the refugee crisis January 2017
Book manuscript pre- publication reviews for Rowan and Littlefield (in 2018) and University of Minnesota Press (in 2013)
Member of Trocaire project review committee 2004-2013
External examiner for PhD in University College Cork 7.10.16
External Examiner PhD Dublin City University 04.03.14
External examiner PhD University of West of England 2011
Editoral Board member and reviewer for Journal of Human Trafficking (Taylor and Francis) 2015
Member of the editorial board of the Jesuit publication Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 2001-2012
External Examiner Kimmage Development Studies MA 2007-2009
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Member of Political Studies Association of Ireland present
Member of Conflict Research Society 2016 present
Irish Sex Work Research Network (founding Board member) 2018 present
Peacebuilding in response to migration: From securitization to peace in the context of the crisis for migrants in Europe in, editor(s)Sean Byrne, Thomas Matyok, Imani Michelle Scott , Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies, London, Routledge, 2018, [Gillian Wylie], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Wylie, G,, Moving Beyond the Exclusionary Politics of Migration: A Response from the Social Sciences, Biblical Interpretation, 26, (4), 2018, p544 - 553, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ward, Eilis and Wylie, Gillian, Feminism, Prostitution and the State: the Politics of Neo-Abolitionism, London, Routledge, 2017, 1 - 162pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Gillian Wylie, The International Politics of Human Trafficking, London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, 1 - 192pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Eilis Ward and Gillian Wylie, 'Reflexivities of discomfort': Researching the Sex Trade and sex Trafficking in Ireland, European Journal of Women's Studies, 2014, p251 - 263, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Human Waste? Reading Bauman's Wasted Lives in the Context of Ireland's Globalization in, editor(s)Louis Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, pp57 - 66, [Gillian Wylie], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Siobhan Clarke, Gillian Wylie and Hans Zomer, 'ICT 4 the MDGs? A Perspective on ICTs Role in Addressing Urban Poverty in the Context of the Millennium Development Goals' , Information Technology and International Development , 9, (4), 2013, p55 - 70, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ward, Eilis and Wylie, Gillian, Researching the Nature and Extent of Human Trafficking in Ireland, The Protection Project: Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society, 5, 2012, p59 - 72, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Speaking with a Forked Tongue: Contrary Political Discourses and the Irish State's Construction of Human Trafficking in, editor(s)Christien van den Anker and Ilse van Liempt , Human rights and labour migration: the wider context of trafficking for forced labour, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2011, pp129 - 144, [Deirdre Coghlan and Gillian Wylie], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Eilis Ward and Gillian Wylie, What Colour is Grey? Researching Trafficking against the Discursive Grain, Incorporating Human Trafficking in Academic Institutions: The European Experience A Regional Conference , Univeristy of Amsterdam, 25-26 November, 2011, 2011, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Wylie, G., Gendering Peace: Beyond Add Women and Stir, Gaming for Peace, Trinity College Dublin, 10-11 January, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Wylie, G., Teaching Peace Studies in a Cross-Border Context, 2018 Tbilisi International Peace Conference (TIPC) - Peace Studies: Global and Local Perspectives'., Ambassador Hotel, Tblisi Georgia, 19th September, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Wylie, G., The Neglected Norm - Why Labour Trafficking and its Victims are so Hard to See. , Conference on Severe Labour Exploitation and Human Trafficking in Ireland, Maynooth University, 11 May, 2018, Dr David Doyle and Dr Cliodhna Murphy (NUIM), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Killcullen, G., Sawas, A., Maseko, S. and Wylie G., Designing Gender Based Violence Programming in Fragile States and Contexts Affected by Violence, Dublin, Christian Aid Ireland, July, 2018, p1 - 47, Notes: [This report gives International Development organizations ideas for best-practice for programming to end gender based violence. The report is based on a literature reviews and case study research undertaken in four countries impacted by conflict.], Report, PUBLISHED
Kilcullen, G., Maseko, S., Sawas, A, and Wylie, G., Ending Gender-Based Violence - Lessons from Conflict Affected State, Ending Violence in Turbulent Times: Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, Oxford, September 18-19 , 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Wylie, G., Neither Panacea nor Perpetual Victims: Recognising Women's Conplex Lives in the Politics of Peacebuilding, Tbilsi International Peace Conference 2017, Rooms Hotel, Tbilisi Georgia, 6th October , 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Wylie, G., 'The Securitization of Borders and Human Insecurity - the Case of Europe 2016' , Borderlands for Peaceful Coexistence in Korea and Beyond' Institute for Trans-division and Border Studies, Shinhan University, , Seoul, South Korea , 10-11 November 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Wylie, G., Human Trafficking and the 'Migration Crisis', Forced to Flee: Conflict in Syria and the Movement of People, Dublin City University, 15.11.15, 2015, DCU's Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) and Trocaire, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Ward, E. and Wylie G., 'Reflexivities of Discomfort', 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender , Barcelona, 21-23 March, 2013, 2013, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Eilis ward and Gillian Wylie, Submission to Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence, Review of Prostitution Policy in Ireland, Oireachtas Committees on Justice: Review of Legislation on Prostitution, 2012, Notes: [], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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My research draws on insights from gender studies, international politics, migration studies and questions of global justice to contribute to understanding human trafficking. I have worked in this area for more than a decade. My initial interest was in trafficking of women and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation into Ireland. I researched and co-authored the first academic empirical study in this area with Dr Eilis Ward of NUIG in 2007 (published by the Social Science Research Centre at NUIG). I co-organized a conference in 2007 which resulted in the edited collection 'Human Trafficking in Europe: Character, Causes, Consequences' (Palgrave 2010). However, as my engagement with the topic grew, I became more intrigued by a paradox I saw between the intensity of international state and civil society activism around this issue and the unreliability of data on the extent of trafficking. This paradox led me to research how the international framing of trafficking by feminists, religious conservatives and security minded politicians has produced the dominant ways in which the issue is seen and responded to and this culminated in my monograph, 'The International Politics of Human Trafficking' (Palgrave 2016). I also research the ways in which the 'trafficking imaginery' is relied upon by radical feminist movements seeking to abolish prostitution. My edited collection (with Eilis Ward) in 2017, 'Feminism, Prostitution and the State: the Politics of Neo-Abolitionism (Routledge) offers a series of country case studies and provides a critical comparative analysis of the factors driving the popularity of these policies across many liberal democracies. Since these two books, my current research focuses on 'the trafficking-migration nexus' with particular attention to the use of trafficking discourses in European political responses to the 'migration crisis'. My other research interest is in gender, conflict and peace and I have supervised many MPhil, MLitt and PhD students in this area. In 2016-17 I was awarded an IRC New Foundations Grant with Christian Aid Ireland to research best practice for development organisations in responding to gender-based violence in contexts affected by conflict. As part of this research team, I conducted field work and focus group discussions with communities in Nicaragua. This work culminated in a report and peer learning event held in TCD. I am currently the gender advisor to 'PERICLES' - an H2020 research consortium - with the role of bringing a gender lens to understanding the dynamics of violent radicalization and ensure gender sensitivity across the consortium's research and deliverables. Drawing on critical perspectives on the actual and conceptual limits of current international attempts to make peace processes and peace-building more gender sensitive which rely on the idea of 'adding women in', I envisage a new research project on 'gendering peace' inspired by and exploring Diane Otto's call for the need for 'multi-gendered' peace.