Dr Paul Higate

Dr Paul Higate

Dr Paul Higate
Reader in Gender and Security

Room 1.9, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 0848

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Research Associate, University of York 1998-1999, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Bristol 1999-2005, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, 2005-2010, Reader in Gender and Security, School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies, 2010 - . Ministry of Defence Fellow (2001-2003), University Research Fellow, 2007-2008), Fellow of Global Uncertainty Programme (2009-2012).  


My research focuses on the gendered culture of the military and militarised masculinities in the substantive contexts of: the transition of military personnel to civilian life, United Nations peacekeeping and most recently private security contractors. I also have an interest in developing innovative and inter-disciplinary informed ways in which to theorise security, drawing on human geography, critical geopolitics, sociology and cultural studies. My current project on private security contractors focuses on the embodiment of security, the identity work of contractors and questions of regulation and accountability of the industry as conceived from the grass-roots employee perspective. This 3 year ESRC/AHRC Fellowship is based on ethnographically sensitive methods applied in the fieldwork context of Kabul supplemented by a longitudinal interviews with private security contractors in the UK and the US.


I have taught numerous modules in SPAIS over many years but more recently have taught: The Military in Everyday Life (an optional unit for undergraduates), Militarisation, Militarism and War (an optional unit for graduates) and International Security (a core graduate unit). My teaching is very much research led and is based primarily on seminar and small group working.   




Key publications

  1. Higate, P, 2007, ‘Peacekeepers, Masculinities and Sexual Exploitation’. Men and Masculinities, vol 10 (1)., pp. 99 - 119
  2. Higate, P, 2007, ‘Revealing the Soldier: Peacekeeping and Prostitution’. in: G Herdt, C Howe (eds) 21st Century Sexualities: Contemporary Issues in Health, Education and Rights. Routledge, pp. 198 - 202
  3. Higate, P & Henry, M, 2006, ‘Between Warrior and Humanitarian Security: Perceptions of Past and Present Peacekeeping in Liberia’. Chatham House
  4. Hughes, R, Lart, R & Higate, P, 2006, ‘Drugs: Policy and Politics’. Open University Press
  5. Higate, P, 2006, ‘Military Institutions’. in: M Flood, JK Gardiner, B Pease, K Pringle (eds) Encyclopaedia of Men and Masculinities. Routledge, pp. 442 - 442

Latest publications

  1. Higate, P, 2017, ‘‘Modern day mercenaries? Cowboys, Grey Men and the Emotional Habitus’’. in: Stephan Horlacher, Kevin Floyd (eds) Bodies, Systems, Structures. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., london
  2. Higate, P & Utas, M, 2017, ‘The Politics of Private Security Provision in Sub Saharan Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday’. Zed Books, London
  3. Higate, P, 2016, ‘Catfood and clients: Gendering the Politics of Protection in the Private Militarized Security Company’. in: Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner, Jennifer Pedersen (eds) Handbook on Gender and War. Edward Elgar, London, pp. 86-104
  4. Edmunds, TP, Dawes, AL, Higate, PR, Jenkings, N & Woodward, R, 2016, ‘Reserve Forces and the Transformation of British Military Organisation: Soldiers, Citizens and Society’. Defence Studies, vol 16., pp. 118-136
  5. Higate, P, 2015, ‘‘Aversions to Masculine Excess in the Private Military and Security Company and their effects. Don’t be a “Billy Big Bollocks” and Beware the “Ninja!”’. in: Maya Eichler (eds) Gender and Private Security in Global Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 131-145

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