Gillian Wylie
Assistant Professor, Irish School of Ecumenics


I am originally for Scotland - where I did my studies in Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. In 2001 I became a full time lecturer on the MPhil in Peace Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics. As well as teaching on the MPhil in International Peace Studies, I co-ordinate the ISE's PG Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies and supervise a large number of masters and doctoral students - particularly in the field of gender, conflict and peace. My research specialism lies in human trafficking, the politics of international migration, globalisation and gender issues. I am an editorial board member of the Journal of Human Trafficking (Taylor and Francis). I have served as my School's Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning and as the Head of Discipline in ISE in recent years. I am committed to civic engagment, particularly the issue of how universities respond to refugees facing crisis in Europe.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Peacebuilding in response to migration: From securitization to peace in the context of the crisis for migrants in Europe in, editor(s)Sean Byrne, Thomas Matyok, Imani Michelle Scott , Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies, London, Routledge, 2018, [Gillian Wylie] Book Chapter, 2018

Ward, Eilis and Wylie, Gillian, Feminism, Prostitution and the State: the Politics of Neo-Abolitionism, London, Routledge, 2017, 1 - 162pp Book, 2017 URL

Gillian Wylie, The International Politics of Human Trafficking, London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, 1 - 192pp Book, 2016 URL

Eilis Ward and Gillian Wylie, 'Reflexivities of discomfort': Researching the Sex Trade and sex Trafficking in Ireland, European Journal of Women's Studies, 2014, p251 - 263 Journal Article, 2014

Human Waste? Reading Bauman's Wasted Lives in the Context of Ireland's Globalization in, editor(s)Louis Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, pp57 - 66, [Gillian Wylie] Book Chapter, 2013

Siobhan Clarke, Gillian Wylie and Hans Zomer, 'ICT 4 the MDGs? A Perspective on ICTs Role in Addressing Urban Poverty in the Context of the Millennium Development Goals' , Information Technology and International Development , 9, (4), 2013, p55 - 70 Journal Article, 2013

Ward, Eilis and Wylie, Gillian, Researching the Nature and Extent of Human Trafficking in Ireland, The Protection Project: Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society, 5, 2012, p59 - 72 Journal Article, 2012

Speaking with a Forked Tongue: Contrary Political Discourses and the Irish State's Construction of Human Trafficking in, editor(s)Christien van den Anker and Ilse van Liempt , Human rights and labour migration: the wider context of trafficking for forced labour, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2011, pp129 - 144, [Deirdre Coghlan and Gillian Wylie] Book Chapter, 2011

Eilis Ward and Gillian Wylie, What Colour is Grey? Researching Trafficking against the Discursive Grain, Incorporating Human Trafficking in Academic Institutions: The European Experience A Regional Conference , Univeristy of Amsterdam, 25-26 November, 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Deirdre Coghlan and Gillian Wylie, Defining Trafficking/Denying Justice: Forced Labour in Ireland and the Consequences of Trafficking Discourse, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37, (9), 2011, p1513 - 1526 Journal Article, 2011

Gillian Wylie and Penny McRedmond, Human Trafficking in Europe: Character, Causes, Consequences, 1, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2010, 1 - 310pp Book, 2010

Trafficking in Women, Networks of Knowledge and the Cultural Construction of Europe in, editor(s)Jürgen Barkhoff and Helmut Eberhart (eds.) , Networking across Borders and Frontiers. Demarcation and Connectedness in European Culture and Society., Bern, Peter Lang, 2009, pp155 - 168, [Gillian Wylie] Book Chapter, 2009

Trafficking in Human Beings, Roland Robertson Jan Aart Scholte, Encyclopaedia of Globalisation, 1, London, Routledge, 2007, [Gillian Wylie] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2007

Beyond the Performance of 'Sex Wars': The Trafficking-Migration Debate nad Global Anti-Trafficking Networks in, editor(s)Karen Fricker and Ronit Lentin , Performing Global Networks, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp105 - 120, [Gillian Wylie] Book Chapter, 2007

Gillian Wylie, Securing States or Securing People? Human Trafficking and Security Dilemmas, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Revue, 95, (377), 2006, p7 - 18 Journal Article, 2006

Doing the Impossible: Collecting Data on the Extent of Human Trafficking in, editor(s)Christien Van den Anker Jeroen Doomernick , Trafficking and Women's Rights, Basingstoke, Palgrave, MacMillan, 2006, [Gillian Wylie] Book Chapter, 2006

Wylie G., Women's Rights and 'Righteous War': An Argument for Women's Autonomy in Afghanistan, Feminist Theory, 4, (2), 2003, p217 - 223 Journal Article, 2003

Wylie G., Challenging the State Socialist Order: A New Social Movement in Poland, East European Politics and Societies, 15, (3), 2001, p698 - 721 Journal Article, 2001

Wylie G, Social Movements And International Change: The Case Of "Détente From Below", Journal of International Peace Studies, 4, 1999, p61 - 82 Journal Article, 1999

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Eilis ward and Gillian Wylie, Submission to Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence, Review of Prostitution Policy in Ireland, Oireachtas Committees on Justice: Review of Legislation on Prostitution, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012 URL

Deirdre Coghlan and Gillian Wylie, Defining Trafficking/Denying Justice: Forced Labour and the Limits of Trafficking Discourse, BISA Special Workshop on Borders, Migration and Justice, University of west of England, Bristol, 12-14 May 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Eilis Ward and Gillian Wylie, The Nature and Extent of Trafficking of Women into Ireland for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation 2000-2006, Galway , Galway Social Science Research Centre, October, 2007, 1, 48 Report, 2007

Gillian Wylie, Trafficking in Women, Networks of Knowledge and the Cultural Construction of Europe, Networking Across Borders and Frontiers, Conference of the Coimbra Group Task Force on Culture, Arts and Humanities, Graz, Austria, 27-29 September 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Deirdre Coghlan and Gillian Wylie, Trafficking and Forced Labour for Other Purposes than Prostitution: The Irish Case, Researching and Theorising Migration in the European Context, a European Science Foundation workshop, Brussels, 29-30 November 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Wylie G., Challenging Human Commodification: Ecumenical Responses To The Trafficking Of Women For Sexual Exploitation, Milltown Studies, 53, 2004, p14 - 37 Journal Article, 2004

Wylie G., Globalising Resistance by Resisting Globalisation: Building Alliances Despite Difficulties between Anti-Trafficking Feminists, Feminism Resisting Globalisation, Women's Studies Association of Britain and Ireland Conference, University College Dublin, July 8-10, 2004, pp1 - 16 Conference Paper, 2004

Wylie G., Dysfunctional Societies are not Civil Societies: Or Are They?, A Place for All? Comparing Civil Society in Northern Ireland and Scotland, a conference of the Irish School of Ecumenics and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh, Belfast, September 7-9, 2004, pp1 - 16 Conference Paper, 2004

Wylie G., Secreted Lives: Eastern European Women and Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation in Ireland, Migrant Women Transforming Ireland conference, Dublin, April, 2003, pp1 - 18 Conference Paper, 2003 URL

Wylie G., Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, 92, 2003, p84-86 Review, 2003

Wylie G., The Future of the European Union: What, How and Why?, Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review, 91, (362), 2002, p125 - 133 Journal Article, 2002

Wylie G., Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, 24, 2001, p81-83 Review, 2001

Wylie G., Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 28, 1999, p711-712 Review, 1999

Research Expertise


(1) Trafficking in Women for Sexual Exploitation Across Europe. To date I have explored the ethics surrounding doing research on trafficking; feminist debates about trafficking and global anti-trafficking networks as well as undertaking empirical research on the extent and nature of trafficking for sexual exploitation into Ireland. (2) Trafficking for Forced Labour. I was involved in an ESF study into trafficking for forced labour in Europe, involving both empirical, analytical and normative work. (3) Global Civil Society. Research into the empirical reality and ethical possibilities of global civil society through studies of transnational activism, focusing in particular on pan-European peace movements and global anti-trafficking networks.


  • Title
    • 'Trafficking for Forced Labour: The Irish Case'
  • Summary
    • This project was part of a six country study on 'Trafficking in Industries Other than the sex Industry Across Europe'. It involved empirical research into the extent of labour trafficking in Ireland and analysis of the root causes of migrant worker exploitation and analysis of policy responses.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2009
  • Title
    • Designing GBV programming in fragile states and contexts affected by violence
  • Summary
    • This project is a collaboration with Christian Aid Ireland to research best practice programming in responding to gender based violence.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 1.1.17
  • Date To
    • 30.9.17


contemporary slavery; Global Civil Society; Globalisation; Human Trafficking; Migration; Sex Trafficking; Trafficking; UN1325; women, peace and security



Editoral Board member and reviewer for Journal of Human Trafficking (Taylor and Francis) 2015

Member of the Board of Christian Aid Ireland and member of advisory group on strategic objective - Tackling Violence Building Peace 2015

Member of International Advisory Board for research into Presbyterians Response to the Troubles (Queens University Belfast) 2017

Member of International Advisory Board - Queens University Belfast research project commissioned by Department of Justice (NI) into Prostitution in Northern Ireland 2014

Representing TCD on Coimbra Group committee on university responses to the refugee crisis January 2017

Member of the editorial board of the Jesuit publication Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 2001-2012

Member of Trocaire project review committee 2004-2013


Member of Political Studies Association of Ireland

Member of Conflict Research Society 2016 – present