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Gitte du Plessis

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher
Tampere University
phone number+358503182511
City Centre Campus

About me

I received my Phd in International Relations from The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2017. Since then, I have been a postdoctoral researcher, first in Oulu and now in Tampere, Finland. My research centers on relationships between security and ecology. Currently, I am working on the research project "Political ecologies of chemical warfare: Toxicity and bodies in international relations" funded by the Finnish Academy. 

Fields of expertise

International Relations, Geopolitics, Critical Security Studies, Political Theory (Deleuze and Guattari, New Materialism, Posthumanism, Semiotics, Ecology, Temporality, Embodiment, Affect).

Research topics

Toxicity of war, Ecologies of war, Chemical warfare, Arctic Geopolitics, Global Health Security, Human Security. 

Research fields

International Relations, Environmental Politics, Critical Security Studies, Geopolitics, Political Theory 


Academy of Finland

Selected publications

R B J Walker, Robbie Shilliam, Heloise Weber, Gitte du Plessis. 2018. “Collective Discussion: Diagnosing the Present,” International Political Sociology 12(1): 88-107.

Gitte du Plessis. 2018. “When microbes determine the territory: Towards a concept of non-human borders,” European Journal of International Relations 24(2): 391- 413.

Gitte du Plessis. 2017. “War machines par excellence: The discrepancy between threat and control in the weaponisation of infectious agents,” Critical Studies on Security 5 (1): 45-61.

Gitte du Plessis. 2015. “Hunting as Techniques of Governing: Chamayou’s Manhunts, and Fassin’s Enforcing Order.” Theory & Event 18(2).

Gitte du Plessis. 2015. “Danish Demarcations: Welfare State, Middle-class Nationalism, and Xenophobia.” Alternatives 40(1): 15-30.