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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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COST Action Proposal External Evaluator January 2022
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,Comparative European Politics, Ethics and Social Welfare, Social Politics, Sexuality research and Social Policy, Signs.
Christian Aid 'From Violence to Peace' - External Advisory Group - a group of international academics and development 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
External Examiner PhD UCD 9.4.21
Editorial Board member and reviewer for Journal of Human Trafficking (Taylor and Francis) 2015
External Examiner Kimmage Development Studies MA 2007-2009
Member of the editorial board of the Jesuit publication Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 2001-2012
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Member of Political Studies Association of Ireland 2011 present
Member of Conflict Research Society 2016 present
Irish Sex Work Research Network (founding Board member) 2018 present
Irish Peace and Conflict Experts Network 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, 2020, pp291 - 300, [Gillian Wylie], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Irish Journal of Sociology, 28, 3, (2020), 255 - 348p, Fitzgerald, S. O'Neill, M, and Wylie, G., [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED
Fitzgerald, Sharron A;O' Neill, Maggie;Wylie, Gillian, Guest editors' introduction, Irish Journal of Sociology, 28, (3), 2020, p255 - 256, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Fitzgerald, Sharron; O'Neill, Maggie; Wylie, Gillian, Social justice for sex workers as a 'politics of doing': Research, policy and practice, Irish Journal of Sociology, 28, (3), 2020, p257 - 279, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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
Sian Maseko, Grainne Kilcullen, Amiera Sawas, Gillian Wylie, GBV Programming in Contexts Affected by Conflict: A Learning Paper, Dublin, July, 2018, 1-47, Notes: [This report is of interest to international NGOs working in the field of peacebuilding and development. Based on research in five conflict affected contexts, it provides learning about best practice in programming to end gender based violence.], Report, 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, Review of The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict, by NiAoilain, F., Cahn, N., Haynes, D. and Valji, N. , International Journal of the Red Cross, 99, (3), 2017, p1181-1185 , Review, PUBLISHED
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

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The Peacebuilding Role of Women within and between Ireland and Korea in, editor(s)Mitchell, D. and Kim, D-J. , Reconciling Divided Societies: Peace Processes in Ireland and Korea, London, Routledge, 2022, [Wylie, G. and Kim, D-J.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Wylie, G., 'Bloody Processes' and the Contentious Politics of Norm Emergence, Norm Dynamics and Norm Collisions Workshop, WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, 21-22 September , 2020, Dr Sassan Gholiagha, Prof Anna Holzschieter and Dr Andrea Liese, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
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 Complex 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


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My research encompasses two distinct and inter-related areas - human trafficking and the gendering of violence and peace. Critical trafficking studies is a growing field internationally and I am to the fore in shaping this area. Critical trafficking studies question the way knowledge of human trafficking is constructed, political responses to trafficking and the collateral damage to migrants these responses do. In 'The International Politics of Human Trafficking' (Palgrave 2016) and 'Feminism, Prostitution and the State' (Routledge 2017), I contribute to this by analysing the gendered politics of anti-trafficking norm formation at global (UN), regional (EU) and local (Irish) levels. In these and subsequent publications, I demonstrate that the criminalisation of trafficking by states and the 'victim/rescue' discourses of NGOs further the contemporary securitization of migration, to the detriment of exploited migrants. International recognition of my work includes membership of the editorial boards of the Journal of Human Trafficking and Frontiers: Society and Social Change. My second major research strand explores the gendering of violence and peace. My 2016-18 IRC New Foundations Grant with NGO partner Christian Aid Ireland researched 'responding to gender-based violence in contexts affected by conflict'. The learning from this research stressed the importance of an 'ecological' approach to GBV (from the personal to the political). The research has direct and important impacts, being used by the partner NGO to address GBV through programming in Zimbabwe and Myanmar. My expertise in the gendering of violence and peace is deployed as gender advisor to two H2020 projects on radicalisation, violent extremism and community resilience, PERICLES (2016-19) and PAVE (2019-2022). I co-curate a dissemination spin-off from PERICLES, Genderhub, a public engagement website of blogs and e-resources on the gendering of extremism. Forthcoming output from PAVE will provide innovative research and policy insights on gender, radicalisation, violence and peacebuilding.