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Dr Joanna Allan

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Joanna currently holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project investigating how imaginaries of wind and sun impact upon the politics mediated by energy systems. More widely, she is interested in nonviolent resistance movements, resistance poetry, and the gender of authoritarianism and resistance. Regionally, Joanna's work has focused on Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea, and on the Equatoguinean and Saharawi diaspora communities in Spain. 

Joanna's first book Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea (Wisconsin University Press, 2019) was shortlisted for the 2020 African Studies Association Fage and Oliver prize for best book on Africa and was runner up in the 2020 International Studies Association’s biennial Feminist Theory and Gender Studies book prize. The book has been reviewed in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Africa Review, Midwest Book ReviewNomadic Peoples Journal, and the International Journal of African Historical Studies 

Before beginning her PhD, Joanna worked at National Energy Action, the UK Consortium on HIV/AIDS and International Development and London Councils European Service. She has been part of the Saharawi solidarity movement for years, including as President of Western Sahara Resource Watch until 2017. 

Joanna Allan

Campus Address

Lipman 201
City Campus

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea, Allan, J. 23 Apr 2019
  • 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: Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s challenges to petrocapitalism, Allan, J. 18 Mar 2020, In: MFS: Modern Fiction Studies
  • Natural Resources and Intifada: Oil, Phosphates and Resistance to Colonialism in Western Sahara, Allan, J. 2016, In: Journal of North African Studies
  • Activist Ethics: The Need for a Nuanced Approach to Resistance Studies Field Research, Allan, J. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal of Resistance Studies
  • Acting with Impunity: Morocco's Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara and the Silence of the International Community, Allan, J., Lakhal, H. 1 Apr 2015
  • Privilege, Marginalization, and Solidarity: Women's Voices Online in Western Sahara's Struggle for Independence, Allan, J. 2014, In: Feminist Media Studies
  • El colonialismo y el patriarcado en la literature afrohispana: los escritos de resistencia de Lehdia Dafa y María Nsue Angue, Allan, J. 17 Jul 2018, Trans-afrohispanismos, Leiden and Boston, Brill


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