Dr Natasha Danilova

Dr Natasha Danilova
Dr Natasha Danilova
Dr Natasha Danilova


Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

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+44 (0)1224 273708
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F34 Edward Wright Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Dunbar Street
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Dr Natasha Danilova joined the University of Aberdeen in 2014. She gained a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham (2012). Dr Danilova specialises in interdisciplinary research, particularly in the fields of Critical Military Studies, Gender Politics and Feminist IR, Memory Politics and Art/Visuality. Through her academic career, Dr Danilova lectured on gender and politics, feminist international relations, research methods in social science, politics of memory, political theory, international security and political/security developments in Russia and across Eurasia. 

In 2016, Dr Danilova completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

School Research Impact Officer

Go Abroad Tutor for Politics & International Relations 

Equality and Diversity Committee 

Personal Tutor 




External Memberships

Peer-review: Security Dialogue, Armed Forces & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Military Studies, Memory Studies, Critical Studies on Security, Journal of Post-Soviet and Soviet Politics and Society, Gender, Place and Culture Journal, Political Studies Review, Europe-Asia Studies and Problems of Post-Communism, Media, War and Society.  


Research Overview

My current research interests are situated within the interdisciplinary fields of Critical Military Studies, Gender Politics and Feminist International Relations, Memory Politics and Art/Visuality in IR. In particular, I study issues relating gender and war, memory politics, heroes and heroism, art/aesthetics/visuality in the context of war and peace, cultural manifestations of militarism and militarisation in Western and non-Western contexts. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • International Politics
  • International Relations
  • Gender Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Military History

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

I've recently completed my research project, 'Military and Arts Collaborations in the Era of the Global War on Terror: Comparison of the US and the UK', funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities in Scotland (April 2022-April 2023). As part of this project, I explored military-themed theatre, interviewed artists and cultural industry professionals, and met with military representatives involved in the organisation of cultural events. As part of this project, I also explored the cultural projects focused on promoting peace and the value of non-violence alongside my RA, Marianne Fossaluzza, a PhD Candidate in Visual Culture (University of Aberdeen).   

With Dr Jenny Mathers (University of Aberystwyth), I have been working on the analysis of women's responses to the Russo-Ukrainian war, focusing on soldiers' mothers, and women from military families. This work received support from the School of Social Science of the University of Aberdeen (Dec 2022-April 2023).  

I am currently working on a co-authored manuscript with Dr Emma Dolan on the gendered and racial aspects of cultural politics of militarisation in Britain (under the book contract with Edinburgh University Press), resulting from my two Carnegie-Trust supported projects (2017-18; 2022-23). See updates: https://twitter.com/scot_war 



Past Research

Previously, I was a Co-I on AHRC-funded 'Hero Project', 2015-16 (AH/M006271/1), which explored a popular hero in modern Britain. Working with Abbie Garrington (University of Newcastle, PI) and Berny Sebe (University of Birmingham, Co-I), I studied generational, gender and racial differences in the selection of popular heroes and co-authored two research papers on this topic with Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya (University of Exeter) (2020; 2024). 

My doctoral research looked at the political discourses of war commemoration in the UK and Russia through debates on militarisation of culture and memory. In particular, it examined commemorative war meaning-making practices centred on British and Russian military fatalities of modern conflicts through the analysis of media coverage, physical and virtual war memorials, and annual commemorative ceremonies. The findings of this research outlined in my book, The Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and Russia (Palgrave, 2016). 


Knowledge Exchange

Research Talk: 'Lady Haig, Scottish remembrance and support of Scottish disabled veterans', Local Heritage Group, in cooperation with the Stonehaven library and Live Life Aberdeenshire, https://www.abdn.ac.uk/socsci/events/18042/ (3 November 2022)

Warrior-Nation podcast with Forces Watch, @ForcesWatch with Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper @adamec87 and myself @Dr_Danilova, relating contemporary debates around memory/statues and how to move from feeling 'a wee bit uncomfortable' about British colonial history to critical engagement with colonial injustices, https://www.forceswatch.net/resources/warrior-nation-podcast-war-memory-statues-with-adam-elliot-cooper-and-natasha-danilova/  (3 June 2021)  


With Dr Emma Dolan (University of Limerick), I am a lead author in the co-authored book project, Gender and Race in the Cultural Politics of Militarisation in Britain. This book  interrogates  a variety of war meaning-making practices favoured by cultural industry professionals and military organisers of cultural events. This projects draws on over five years of research of military museums, state-funded war commemorations, art/theatrical productions, and war-themed educational projects across Scotland. 

With Dr Jenny Mathers (University of Aberystwyth), I collaborate on the study of gender dynamics in Russia's response to war in Ukraine, focusing on soldiers' mothers, and military wives. 

With Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya (University of Exeter), gender/race and popular heroes in Britain. 






My current supervision areas are: Politics and International Relations.

I am hugely excited to supervise projects relating to gender and war, memory politics, and art/visual politics of modern conflicts. 

Currently, I am supervising:

Bareeha Syeda Fatima's PhD project, 'An Exploration of Military Aesthetics in Pakistan's Popular Culture during the Global War on Terror', with Dr Joanne McEvoy. 

Seiko Mushakoji's PhD project: 'Gender Order and the (In)visibility of Informal Sector in Japan', with Dr Ritu Vij.     

Funding and Grants

PI on the research project, 'Military and Arts Collaborations in the Era of the Global War on Terror', April 2022-30 April 2023, supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. 

Principal Investigator on the research project, 'War Commemoration, Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (RG13890/70560), 2017-18 

Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded 'Hero Project' (AH/M006271/1), 2015-16

Post-Doctoral Bursary in the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Nottingham, 2012-2013

Overseas Research Scholarship for a PhD programme, University of Nottingham, 2008-2011


Teaching Responsibilities

Please see a list of courses indicated above 

Additionally, I have taught the Hons option course, The Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia (previously titled as Soviet Successor States in Global Politics) 

Areas of potential UG supervision: I would be keen to supervise dissertations relating to various aspects of gender politics and Feminist international relations, war and memory, art/aesthetics/visuality and war (inc. museums, memorials, theatre and any other cultural forms), identity politics and the imageries of emerging political and security threats in Russia and across Eurasian states.   

Areas of potential PhD supervision: I mostly work within the fields of critical military studies and Feminist International Relations, and Art/Visuality in IR. I will be happy to supervise any topics relating to gender and war, politics of war memory and commemoration; art/aesthetics/visuality and conflict (inc. museums, memorials, theatre as arenas of global politics); militarisation and militarism; identity politics in Britain/Scotland, regional politics and (in)securities in Russia and other Eurasian states.