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Dr Matthew Farmer

Former Research Student

Research overview

I am broadly interested in the international relations of LGBT identities, experiences and rights, particularly how transnational (LGBT) solidarity functions between activist groups in the West and the global South. I am also interested in the relationships between the rights of LGBT people in the global South and Western development interventions, particularly with regards to how sexuality is constructed and problematised around notions of gender, race and national identity, and how historical discourses rooted in colonialism contribute to contemporary debates about sexuality in development. My current research focuses on analysing the role of UK-based NGOs in transnational LGBT solidarity.

Thesis Title

Under the Spectre of Colonialism: An Analysis of UK-Based NGOs Engaged in Contemporary Transnational LGBTI Activism

Supervised By

Julie Hearn


BA Hons History and International Relations (Lancaster University)

MA International Relations (Lancaster University)

Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA) Award for Supporting Learning

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Additional Information

I was invovled in the RCUK School-University Partnership Initiative between Lancaster University and Queen Elizabeth School (Kirkby Lonsdale) (2014-15).

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