Heidi Hudson

Heidi Hudson
Heidi Hudson left PRIO in 2017. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Heidi Hudson is an External Associate at PRIO.


​​​​Heidi Hudson is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Hudson's current research interests concentrate on discursive and material gender deficits of liberal peacebuilding in the postcolony. Over the years she has contributed several chapters in books and has published numerous articles in, amongst others, International Peacekeeping, Security Dialogue, Security Studies, Politikon, Agenda, Strategic Review for Southern Africa and African Security Review. She is co-editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics. Heidi Hudson is past president of the South African Political Studies Association, and since 2012 she has been an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Heidi has held several fellowships, such as Fulbright, as well as at the Nordic Africa Institute and the University of Calgary, Canada and serves on the editorial board of International Peacekeeping, Politikon, Africa Insight and the Journal of African Union Studies. She is co-editor and co-author of Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, role-players, policy and practice (University of Cape Town Press, 2013), with Theo Neethling. Heidi holds a doctorate in Strategic Studies from the University of the Free State.​ She was a PRIO Global Fellow from 2014 - 31 January 2017.

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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Hudson, Heidi & Henning Melber (2014) Contextualising African Identities, Othering and the Politics of Space, Africa Insight 44(1): 1–6.
Hudson, Heidi (2014) Gendercidal Violence and the Technologies of Othering in Libya and Rwanda, Africa Insight 44(1): 103–120.

Book Chapter

Hudson, Heidi (2016) Subversion of an Ordinary Kind: Gender, Security and Everyday Theory in Africa, in Bischoff, Paul-Henri; Kwesi Aning; & Amitav Acharya, eds, Africa in Global International Relations: Emerging approaches to theory and practice. London: Routledge (43–63).
Hudson, Heidi (2016) A Double-edged Sword of Peace? Reflections on the Tension Between Representation and Protection in Gendering Liberal Peacebuilding, in Turner, Mandy; & Florian P. Kühn, eds, The Politics of International Intervention: the Tyranny of Peace. London: Routledge (94–114).
Hudson, Heidi (2015) Untangling the gendering of the security-development nexus, in Paul Jackson, ed., Handbook of International Security and Development. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing (47–63).
Hudson, Heidi (2014) The ANC in perspective: Agents, structures and the politics of change, in Kwandiwe Kondlo, ed., Treading the waters of history: Perspectives on the ANC. Pretoria: Africa Institute of SOuth Africa (196–).