Emel Given

PhD Student


Emel Given started her PhD programme in International Conflict Analysis in September 2011. Prior to this, she earned her Master's Degree in International Conflict and Security at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS). Before starting her studies with BSIS, Emel was working in the field of rare or orphan diseases for the past eight years, with her latest position as the Director of Scientific Development and Customer Partnerships at GlaxoSmithKline.

Her research interests include: access to medicines and healthcare in complex environments, conflict and security studies, gender relations, and sociology of medicine.

Research Interests

The working title of Emel’s research project is “Medicines, Conflict and the Body.” Her particular focus is upon sexual and reproductive medicine in sub-Saharan Africa, within the context of conflict. More specifically she will examine the impact of power relations on reproduction, considering intersecting factors such as gender, social class, religion and rural / urban cleavages.


Tutorial Leader

  • (PO933) Theories of Conflict and Violence
  • (PO934) Conflict and Security.