Dr Robin Redhead, Course Director

Dr Robin Redhead

Course Director

Dr Robin Redhead researches the politics of human rights, focusing on how people empower themselves through discourses of human rights. She looks at the practices of political activism of minority groups and investigates how the visual media represent their grievances. She has an MA in Women Studies and Feminist Research and a PhD in Human Rights, both from the University of Manchester. 

With a background in gender studies, Robin has focused on how women are constructed within the legal frameworks of international human rights. She is interested in identity construction and the implications this has for empowering people.

Focusing on the disjuncture between state sovereignty and human rights, Robin has investigated aboriginal political protests in Canada and how these actions cut to the heart of questions of sovereignty.

Current Teaching

  • Politics, Ethics & Justice (Level 4).
  • The Politics of Human Rights (Level 5).
  • Theorising Human Rights (Level 7).

PhD Supervisions:
Sureyya Sonmez Efe: The impact of 2008 Global Economic Crisis on regional labour markets and labour rights -as a part of Human Rights. The focus of the research is on citizenship and rights of migrant workers in Turkey after the Global Economic Crisis (completed).

Sarah Waite: Do aspects of regime and practice create and foster strong staff-prisoner relationships in women’s prisons?

Research Interests

Interested in the cultural practices of human rights practitioners, Robin is developing and investigating links between human rights and peacekeeping practices. She is working on a project about women peacekeeping teams in South Sudan.


Dr Robin Redhead, Course Director

Selected Outputs

  • Redhead R; Hood S (2017) Liberalism. In: Political Ideologies. Oxford University Press,

  • Redhead R (2014) Exercising Human Rights: Gender, Agency, Practice. Routledge.

  • Miller H; Redhead R (2019) Beyond ‘rights-based approaches’? Employing a process and outcomes framework. The International Journal of Human Rights, 23 (5), pp. 699-718.


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  • Julian R; Bliesemann de Guevara B; Redhead R (2019) From Expert to Experiential Knowledge: Exploring the Inclusion of Local Experiences in Understanding Violence in Conflict. Peacebuilding, 7 (2), pp. 210-225.


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  • Redhead R; Turnbull N (2011) Towards a Study of Human Rights Practitioners. Human Rights Review, 12 (2), pp. 173-189.


  • Redhead R (2007) Imag(in)ing Women's Agency: Visual Representation in Amnesty International's 2004 Campaign 'Stop Violence Against Women'. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 9 (2), pp. 218-238.