Dr Karen Treasure

Dr Karen Treasure

Associate Lecturer

Plymouth School of Government (HP) (Faculty of Business (HP))


Associate Lecturer: International Relations and Politics
Also Associate Lecturer with the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


2004 BSc International Relations with Politics (First Class Honours) - University of Plymouth

2005 MA Global Security and Development (Distinction) - University of Plymouth

2010 PhD: The Power of Empowerment: Recognising Power Relations Within 'Development' for Communities in Zambia - University of Plymouth

Professional membership

Member:  British International Studies Association (BISA)

Teaching interests

IRL 1202 - Introduction to Contemporary International Relations

GGH 203 - The Third World
POL 2302 - Democracy and Globalisation: Modern Citizens and the State
IRL 2201 - Understanding Global Politics

IRL 3201 - Africa in the International System

IRL 518 - Sub-Saharan Africa in the Global Political Economy
IRL 503 - Research, Professional Skills and Methodology

Nominated for an SSTAR Award for 'Inspirational teaching' in 2014

Research interests

Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, International Political Economy, Theorising International Power and Empowerment, Theories of International Social Justice I have also recently been involved with research on educational development and the arts in higher education.

Key publications are highlighted

McLeod F, Jamison C & Treasure K 2018 'Promoting interprofessional learning and enhancing the pre-registration student experience through reciprocal cross professional peer tutoring' Nurse Education Today 64, 190-195 , DOI
Gibb R & Treasure K 2014 'From Colonial Administration to Development Funding: Characterisations of SACU as a Governance Mechanism' JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN STUDIES 40, (4) 819-838 Author Site , DOI
Winter J, Chapman S & Treasure K 2014 'Contemporary art as extra-curricular learning: Lessons from a university art gallery' The International Journal of Arts Education
Gibb R & Treasure K 2011 'SACU at centenary: Theory and practice of democratising regionalism' South African Journal of International Affairs 18, (1) 1-21
Treasure KL 2014 'Connecting state citizen and society: The externalised context of community groups in Zambia' in Gabay C; Death C Critical Perspectives on African Politics: Liberal interventions, state-building and civil society Oxon Routledge
Conference Papers
Winter J, Chapman S & Treasure K 2015 'Using a university arts gallery to enhance the student learning experience' SEDA annual conference Cardiff 19/11/2015 20/11/2015
Winter J, Chapman S & Treasure K 2015 'Learning beyond traditional disciplinary contexts: Using a contemporary art gallery to enhance subject based learning' The 10th International Annual Conference of the Arts in Society London 22/07/2015 25/07/2015
Treasure KL, Winter J & Searls C 2015 'Exploring the experiences of arts practitioners engaging with Educational Development programmes' Vice Chancellor's Annual Teaching and Learning Conference Plymouth University 26/06/2015
Treasure KL, Winter J & Chapman S 2015 'Teaching and learning in the Peninsula Arts Gallery' PedRIO annual conference Plymouth University 17/04/2015
Treasure KL & Gibb R 2010 'The Theory and Practice of Empowerment in Africa: From 'Subjective' Emancipation to 'Objective' Subjugation' BISA Annual Conference 2010 Edinburgh 29/03/2010 01/04/2010