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 am on Research Leave until October 2012 and am teaching one unit only entitled ‘The Military in Everyday Life’ for final year undergraduate students. My teaching portfolio equips me to teach across politics and sociology with a focus on concerns of security and gender.





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. Edmunds, TP, Higate, PR, Jenkings, N, Woodward, R & Dawes, AL, 2016, ‘Reserve Forces and the Transformation of British Military Organisation: Soldiers, Citizens and Society’. Defence Studies, vol 16.
  2. Higate, P, 2013, ‘'Switching on' for Cash: The Private Militarised Security Contractor as Geopolitical Actor’. in: K McSorley (eds) War and the Body: Militarisation, Practice and Experience. Routledge, pp. 106-127
  3. Higate, P, 2012, ‘'Cowboys and Professionals': The Politics of Identity Work in the Private and Military Security Company’. Millennium - Journal of International Studies, vol 40., pp. 321-341
  4. Higate, P, 2012, ‘Martial Races and Enforcement Masculinities of the Global South: Weaponising Fijian, Chilean, and Salvadoran Postcoloniality in the Mercenary Sector’. Globalizations, vol 9., pp. 35-52
  5. Higate, PR, 2012, ‘The Private Militarized and Security Contractor as Geocorporeal Actor’. International Political Sociology, vol 6., pp. 355-372

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