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Jasmine Joanes


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I am a third year PhD student supervised by Dr Rachael Squire and Professor Katherine Brickell. I am funded by SeNSS-ESRC on the 1+3 Human Geography pathway. My research interests include feminist and political geography, intimate geopolitics, gender, and all things menstruation! I also volunteer with the Black Women's Reproductive Health (BWRH) project.

My PhD 'Seeing Red? The intimate geopolitics of menstrual justice in the United Kingdom' aims to investigate the different ways in which menstrual justice and activism is understood, practiced and imagined by different stakeholders through the use of auto-ethnography, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups. In doing so, I seek to expose menstruation as an important geopolitical concern as well as identify potential future directions and solidarities for menstrual justice action in the UK. My research aims to bridge the gap between menstrual activism and scholarship while also making contributions to feminist political geography.

I use she/her/hers pronouns.

Educational background

MSc Global Futures (Geopolitics and Security), Distinction

Royal Holloway University of London

21 Sep 2020 → 20 Sep 2021

Dissertation project: Bloody, hairy, and hormonal: an auto-ethnography of the intimate geopolitics of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

BSc Geography, Politics, and International Relations, First Class

Royal Holloway University of London

18 Sep 2017 → 12 Jun 2020

Dissertation project: Investigating Gibraltar's Brexit as a geopolitical assemblage.


GG2052 Political Geography (UG) - supporting a seminar on Decolonising Political Geography.

GG5011 Key Concepts in Geopolitics & Security (PGT) - co-leading a seminar on feminist geopolitics.

GG5013 Global Futures (PGT) - leading a lecture on Menstrual Futures.

Other work

Research Administrator

(May 2022-August 2022)

This role involved transcribing interviews as well as writing up participants life stories for the Debt-Trap Urbanism research project, lead by Prof Katherine Brickell.

Personal Study Mentor

(January 2022-Present)

As part of RHUL Geography's department undergraduate mentoring scheme, I am a personal study mentor to an undergraduate geography student. This involves regular one-to-one meetings to support their learning and development. 

Department representative for Geography PGT students 

(September 2020 - August 2021)

An elected position which involved effectively representing PGT students' interests at department level; collaborating with a team of student academic reps; chairing termly Student-Staff Committee meetings; being invited to college level meetings; and supporting departmental Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions