The Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding PhD dissertation in the field of gender and politics, including gender and/or sexuality studies perspectives in political science, international relations, political philosophy, public policy and public administration.
Of Dr Bias’s work, judges remarked that: ‘Leandra Bias makes a strong empirical and theoretical contribution with her work [...] The writing is extremely reflexive, and thoughtful regarding the positionality of both Russian and Serbian feminists in relation to both state powers and critical theory on knowledge exchange.’
I learnt about the award as I was reading the news about the Kakhovka dam breaking and feeling once again overwhelmed with the injustice. It was this feeling after Russia's full-scale invasion that pulled me back to academia in 2022.
The wish to try and make a contribution through research and communicating often overlooked feminist approaches to and findings in political science to a wider public. This validation from such a respected jury thus gave me a meaningful confirmation of my choice.