Dr. Maria-Adriana Deiana









Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, where she teaches gender and global politics, and research skills. At DCU, she also curates the blog series of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR).
Maria’s research draws on feminist approaches to war and security. It focuses on gender dynamics of conflict and post-conflict transformation, feminist activism in contexts shaped by conflict and/or international intervention, and the emergence of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

She has also conducted research that critically investigates cross-border cooperation as an instrument of EU border politics and conflict transformation. Her work has focused on the Former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, EU border politics and peacekeeping.
Another strand in her research concerns embodied and affective experiences of conflict/international intervention, narrative and aesthetic methodologies. She has written about affect in conflict films from Bosnia and Korea (with Shine Choi) and on the Sarajevo Film Festival as an imaginative site for conflict transformation and border-crossing. Her first monograph titled “Gender and Citizenship: Promises of Peace in Post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina” is forthcoming (June 2018) with Palgrave.

Maria has received a PhD in Politics and International Relations (2011) and MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict (2007) from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a co-convener of the BISA working group on South East Europe and a former member of Belfast Feminist Network, whom she continues to admire from across the border. She tweets @DrDeiana.


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