Dr Karen Tucker

Dr Karen Tucker

Dr Karen Tucker
Senior Lecturer in Politics

1.07, 11 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 7506

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer from 2013, Senior Lecturer from 2018.


My research interests cluster around two sets of issues: the politics of knowledge in global governance and the use of new technologies to promote horizontal, participatory research. 

I am particularly interested in the connections and tensions between indigenous communities’ forms of knowledge and neoliberal rationalities, and the ways in which the marginalisation of indigenous and other subaltern knowledges can be countered.  Geographically, I focus mainly on Latin America, particularly Peru.

My current projects include:

- A book on the politics of indigenous communities’ traditional knowledge in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the new identities that are emerging through interactions between WTO policy-makers and civil society organisations  campaigning on these issues.

- A knowledge exchange project funded by the AHRC’s Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology (REACT) programme, which explores the ways in which internet technology can be fused with radio and mobile phone technology to promote participatory story-telling among forcibly sterilised women in Peru.  See: www.quipu-project.com and http://www.bris.ac.uk/media-library/sites/policybristol/documents/Briefing%2019%20-%20Quipu%20project%20update.pdf

I am a member of two university research institutes: the Cabot Institute and the Global Insecurities Centre.



This year I am teaching:

- POLI20003 International Organisations and Global Governance

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in working on topics related to indigenous politics, politics of knowledge, forced sterilisation, and the politics of global governance.

Fields of interest

indigenous politics, global governance, forced sterilisation, Latin America

Latest publications

  1. Tucker, K, 2019, ‘Hierarchies, Erasures and Appropriations of Knowledge: Colonial Governmentality in the Global Governance of ‘Traditional Knowledge’’. in: Postcolonial Governmentalities: Rationalities, Violences and Contestations. Rowman & Littlefield
  2. Tucker, K, 2018, ‘Unraveling coloniality in international relations: Knowledge, relationality, and strategies for engagement’. International Political Sociology, vol 12., pp. 215-232
  3. Brown, M & Tucker, K, 2017, ‘Unconsented Sterilisation, Participatory Story-Telling, and Digital Counter-Memory in Peru’. Antipode, vol 49., pp. 1186-1203
  4. Tucker, K, 2014, ‘Participation and Subjectification in Global Governance: NGOs, Acceptable Subjectivities and the WTO’. Millennium - Journal of International Studies.
  5. Coleman, LM & Tucker, K, 2011, ‘Between Discipline and Dissent: Situated Resistance and Global Order’. Globalizations, vol 8., pp. 397-410

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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