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Dr Volha Piotukh

Teaching Fellow in Human Rights

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Dr Volha Piotukh is originally from Belarus. She holds a BA in Law, an MA in International Politics (Manchester University) and a PhD in Politics and International Studies (Leeds University). She was awarded scholarships for both her MA and PhD studies, and in 2010 was nominated for the University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher of the Year.

Her PhD project offered an interpretation of the post-Cold War changes in the nature of humanitarian action using Michel Foucault’s theorising on biopolitics and governmentality, placed within a broader context of his thinking on power. Currently she is working on several publications based on her doctoral research. Dr Piotukh’s research interests include: humanitarian action and its evolution, in particular securitisation and militarisation of aid; International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law; International Relations Theory; Foucault’s theorising on power, in particular on biopolitics and governmentality, and its applications, including politics of expertise and biopolitics of risk and security.

Before coming to the UK, she lectured in Public International Law and worked as a civil servant (Legal Advisor). Since 2008, she has been teaching at the School of Politics and International Studies of the University of Leeds on such modules as “International Politics”, “International Organisations and World Order”, “Security Studies” and “Approaches to Political Science”.

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