Keynote speakers

Swati Parashar is Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her teaching and research have resulted in academic appointments and fellowships in India, Singapore, UK, US, Ireland, Australia and Sweden. She has also taught at the University of Rwanda in Kigali and at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a member of the Swedish Development Research Network and has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). Her research interests include feminism, postcolonialism, security, conflict and development in South Asia and East Africa. She is the author of Women and Militant Wars: The Politics of Injury and has published several journal articles, policy papers and popular media pieces. She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research with Tarja Väyrynen, Élise Féron and Catia Cecilia Confortini; Gender, Silence and Agency in Contested Terrains with Jane Parpart; and Revisiting Gendered States: Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations, with J. Ann Tickner and Jacqui True. She is a co-editor in chief of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and serves on the advisory boards of Millennium, Security Dialogue, Third World Quarterly, Polity and, Critical Terrorism Studies. She contributes regularly to media debates through op eds and blogs and is currently the Program Co-Chair of the International Studies Association for their annual convention in 2023 at Montreal.

Tor A. Benjaminsen is a Human Geographer and Professor of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He works within a broad political ecology and environmental justice framework focused on issues of land rights, pastoralism, environmental conservation and agrarian change in the West African Sahel and East Africa, and in Arctic Norway. He has been a Lead Author of the IPCC (AR6 WGII) and Associate Editor of Political Geography (2016-2022). His latest book, which is co-authored with Hanne Svarstad, is titled Political Ecology: A Critical Engagement with Global Environmental Issues (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021). In 2022, he received an ERC Advanced Grant to study the political ecology of conflicts and migration in the West African Sahel.

Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham/UK and Co-Director of the independent Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ). He works on labour movements, broadly defined, and their possibilities to resist capitalist exploitation as well as potential contributions towards alternative futures beyond capitalism. His most recent books are Fighting for Water: Resisting Privatization in Europe (Zed Books, 2021) and (together with Adam D. Morton) Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (CUP, 2018).