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Dr Joanna Allan

VC Fellow

Department: Social Sciences

Joanna joined Northumbria University in March 2019, where she is continuing her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship research into the colonial implications of renewable energy developments in Western Sahara. Before this, she was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Teaching Fellow at Durham University.

Joanna obtained her doctorate from Leeds University in December 2016. Her PhD focused on histories of women’s nonviolent resistance to dictatorships in Equatorial Guinea and Western Sahara. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining cultural studies with research methods from social and political sciences and political anthropology.

Before beginning her PhD, Joanna worked at National Energy Action in Newcastle, the Consortium on HIV/AIDS and International Development in London, and London Councils European Service (housed by Greater London Enterprise) in London/Brussels. She has also volunteered with Western Sahara solidarity groups for a number of years, including as President of Western Sahara Resource Watch until 2017.

Campus Address

Lipman 201
City Campus


Hispanic Studies PhD December 01 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Decolonising Renewable Energy: Aeolian Aesthetics in the poetry of Fatma Galia Mohammed Salem and Limam Boisha, Allan, J. 1 Apr 2020, In: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
  • Light, energy, and gendered oil gluttony, Allan, J. 18 Mar 2020, In: MFS: Modern Fiction Studies
  • Silenced Resistance, Allan, J. 23 Apr 2019
  • El colonialismo y el patriarcado en la literature afrohispana, Allan, J. 17 Jul 2018, Trans-afrohispanismos, Leiden and Boston, Brill
  • Activist Ethics, Allan, J. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal of Resistance Studies
  • Natural Resources and Intifada, Allan, J. 2016, In: Journal of North African Studies
  • Acting with Impunity, Allan, J., Lakhal, H. 1 Apr 2015
  • Privilege, Marginalization, and Solidarity, Allan, J. 2014, In: Feminist Media Studies

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