• School of International Relations, The Arts Faculty Building, The Scores

    KY16 9AX St Andrews

    United Kingdom

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Teaching activity

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of International Relations (2021 - Present)

IR1005: Concepts in Global Politics

IR1006: Foreign Policy & Diplomacy

IR4099: Dissertation

Research overview

Q (they/them) is an SGSSS/ESRC-funded doctoral candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant whose research documents care as political action, building upon cases in India. They examine care and grief in the context of human security and peacebuilding in protest spaces. 

Their research interests include:

- care in global peacebuilding practice
- transforming grief into organisation and political action
- queer-feminist approaches to international relations and international law (alongside TWAIL, CAIL)
- creative and speculative futures for queer and trans bodies in South Asia

Q holds an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin, where they achieved the James Haire Award for Best Dissertation, and have previously worked with the United Nations ESCAP on disability-inclusive COVID-19 responses in the Asia-Pacific regions, led and managed projects on gender violence in Indian universities as an Honorary Research Fellow with the Center for Human Rights Studies, and studied feminist reimaginations of care economies in India and China as a Senior Research Analyst with the Center for New Economic Studies. 

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, MPhil International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Sept 2020Sept 2021

Award Date: 13 Sept 2021

Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University

Aug 2015Aug 2018

Award Date: 15 Aug 2018

External positions

Advisory Board Member, Family Rights and Gender Justice Clinic

2021 → …

Intern, United Nations ESCAP


Research Fellow, Center for Human Rights Studies



  • JZ International relations
  • Third World Approaches
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Feminist approaches to International Relations
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • Citizenship
  • JX International law
  • Queer Theory
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism


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