Politics and International Relations


Toni Haastrup is a Lecturer in International Security and a Deputy Director of the Global Europe Centre (GEC). She joined the University in 2013. Prior to this, she was a fellow in the Politics and International Studies department at the University of Warwick. The focus of her current research interests is on the gender dynamics and processes of institutional transformation within regional security institutions.

Her publications have explored the role of the European Union (EU) as a Global Actor focusing on its relationship with African political actors particularly the African Union (AU). Toni continues to develop these research interests using feminist theoretical and methodological approaches.

Toni is an active member of the School, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and participating in its research centres. She is also the Director of the MA in European and Global Governance.

Toni Haastrup is an occasional media commentator on the EU and the AU, feminist foreign policy and themes in gender and security, working with print and broadcast media in the UK and abroad. She is the Editor in Chief of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies and is on the editorial boards of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Contemporary Security Policy and European Journal of Politics and Gender. She is an elected Trustee of the British International Studies Association (BISA).

Contact Information


Rutherford S4.E7

Academic office hours are available on the Moodle Student Guide

Available for: TV Press Radio Consultancy Expertise: African Union and African Peace and Security Architecture European Security engagement in Africa Gender and Women’s rights issues Regional Expertise: Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa ECOWAS (West African countries) Europe (EU) Country Expertise: Nigeria South Africa

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Haastrup, T. and Ansorg, N. (2017). Gender & the EU's Support to Security Sector Reform in Fragile Contexts. Journal of Common Market Studies.
Haastrup, T. (2017). Creating Cinderella? The Unintended Consequences of the Women Peace and Security Agenda for the EU's Mediation Institution. International Negotiation.
Haastrup, T. and Dijkstra, H. (2017). New Directions for African Security. Contemporary Security Policy [Online] 38:102-108. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2017.1293392.
Haastrup, T. et al. (2017). The EU as International Mediator - Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. International Negotiation [Online]. Available at: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15718069.
Haastrup, T. (2017). The undoing of a unique relationship? Peace and security in the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership. South African Journal of International Affairs [Online] 24:197-213. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2017.1338615.
Ansorg, N. and Haastrup, T. (2016). Brexit Beyond the UK's Borders: What It Means for Africa. GIGA Focus Afrika [Online]. Available at: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/publication/brexit-beyond-the-uks-borders-what-it-means-for-africa.
Haastrup, T. (2015). Are Women Agents? Reading 'Gender' in Africa's Rights Frameworks. E-International Relations [Online]:1-10. Available at: http://www.e-ir.info/2015/10/26/are-women-agents-reading-gender-in-africas-rights-frameworks/.
Haastrup, T. (2013). EU as Mentor? Promoting Regionalism as External Relations Practice in EU-Africa Relations. Journal of European Integration [Online] 35:785-800. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2012.744754.
Haastrup, T. (2010). EURORECAMP: An Alternative Model for EU Security Actorness. Studia Diplomatica: The Brussels Journal of International Relations [Online] LXIII:61-80. Available at: http://www.egmontinstitute.be/publication_article/vol-lxiii-2010-n34-the-european-union-in-international-affairs-2010/.
Book section
Haastrup, T. and Kenny, M. (2015). Gendering Institutionalism: A Feminist Institutionalist Approach to EU Integration Theory. in: Abels, G. and MacRae, H. eds. Gendering European Integration Theory: Engaging New Dialogues. Verlag Barbara Budrich, pp. 197-216. Available at: http://www.budrich-verlag.de/index_en.php?SID=0a025618646d07c085ce49a58e3652f5.
Haastrup, T. (2013). Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security. in: Mangala, J. ed. Africa and the European Union: A Strategic Partnership. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-68. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=628285.
Haastrup, T. and Whitman, R. (2013). Locating the EU's strategic behaviour in Sub-Saharan Africa: an emerging strategic culture? in: Carbone, M. ed. The European Union: Incoherent Policies, Asymmetrical Partnership, Declining Relevance? Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 57-76.
Haastrup, T. (2013). Where global meets local: The politics of Africa's emergent gender equality regime. in: Murithi, T. ed. Handbook of Africa's International Relations. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 103-111.
Haastrup, T. (2012). EU-US Cooperation on Security: The African Case. in: Laursen, F. ed. The EU, Security and Transatlantic Relations. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, pp. 251-271. Available at: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=71653.
Haastrup, T. (2010). A Security Actor in a Changing World? in: Laursen, F. ed. The EU as a Foreign and Security Policy Actor. Dordrecht: Republic of Letters, pp. 281-300. Available at: https://www.rolpub.com/product_info.php?products_id=52.
Haastrup, T. (2015). Mapping Perspectives on the EU as Mediator. GEC/CARC. Available at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/carc/eu-mediation/documents/eu-mediation-workshop-report.pdf.
Haastrup, T. and Lopez Lucia, E. (2014). Nigeria and Regional Security. EUI Working Papers. Available at: http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/31311.
Haastrup, T. (2012). Regional Leadership: The Role of the EU . Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. Available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/green/newsandevents/milanconference/rapporteur/regional_leadership_rapporteur_report_final.pdf.
Haastrup, T., McGowan, L. and Phinnemore, D. (2017). A Dictionary of the European Union, 8th Edition. [Online]. United Kingdom: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781857438581.
Haastrup, T. (2013). Charting Transformation through Security: Contemporary EU-Africa Relations. [Online]. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=546527.
Edited book
Haastrup, T. and Eun, Y.-S. eds. (2014). Regionalising Global Crises: The Financial Crisis and New Frontiers in Regional Governance. [Online]. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/regionalizing-global-crises-toni-haastrup/?K=9781137347565.
Internet publication
Haastrup, T. (2016). How do Britain's ethnic minorities view the EU referendum? [Internet]. Available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/how-do-britains-ethnic-minorities-view-the-eu-referendum/.
Haastrup, T. (2016). Women in Brexit Debate: still largely confined to "low politics" [Blog]. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/06/17/women-in-the-brexit-debate-still-largely-confined-to-low-politics.
Haastrup, T., Guerrina, R. and Katharine, W. (2016). Is it really that hard to find women to talk about the EU? [Blog]. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2016/05/19/is-it-really-that-difficult-to-find-women-to-talk-about-the-eu/.
Haastrup, T. (2016). South Sudan: Suppressing Women Endangers the Peace Process [News Magazine]. Available at: http://www.newsweek.com/suppression-south-sudanese-women-prevents-peace-499227.
Haastrup, T. (2016). Why can't the African Union do more for the people of Burundi? [Electronic]. Available at: https://theconversation.com/why-cant-the-african-union-do-more-for-the-people-of-burundi-53057.
Haastrup, T. and Ansorg, N. (2016). Brexit will blow a hole in EU-Africa relations [Blog article]. Available at: https://theconversation.com/brexit-will-blow-a-hole-in-eu-africa-relations-65925.
Haastrup, T. (2015). Can the EU challenge China's proactive role in Africa? [Internet Print]. Available at: https://theconversation.com/can-the-eu-challenge-chinas-proactive-role-in-africa-51543.
Haastrup, T. (2016). Review of Bourbeau, Philippe, ed., Security: Dialogue across Disciplines. H-Diplo, H-Net [Online]:1-4. Available at: https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/reviews/137765/haastrup-bourbeau-security-dialogue-across-disciplines.
Haastrup, T. (2015). Review: Critical perspectives on African politics Gabay, C. and Death, C. eds. International Affairs [Online] 91:438-439. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2346.12267.
Haastrup, T. (2014). Rethinking Africa's Future beyond its European Past Adebajo, A. and Whiteman, K. eds. Africa Review of Books / Revue africaine des Livres 10:13-15.
Total publications in KAR: 31 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Human Security Discourses
  • Gender & Feminist International Relations
  • New Institutonalist approaches to change in Security Institutions
  • Regional Security (EU External Relations & African Peace and Security Architecture)

Research Supervision

Toni is interested in supervising students in the following fields:

  • African International Relations/Security
  • EU Foreign and Security Policies
  • EU-Africa relations
  • Security Institutions
  • New Institutionalist Approaches
  • Feminist approaches to International Relations/Security
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