Dr Karen Treasure

Dr Karen Treasure

Associate Lecturer

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



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

MGL 006 - Introduction to Government and Society (Foundation level) 

IRL 202 - The Third World
POL 201 - Democracy and Globalisation: Modern Citizens and the State
IRL 201 - Understanding Global Politics

IRL 300 - Africa in the International System
PIR 310 - Work-based Learning in Politics and International Relations

IRL 704 - Sub-Saharan Africa in the Global Political Economy
IRL 701 - 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 also have publications from various research projects for which I was a research assistant.



Key publications

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 Open access
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 , 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 10, (1) 29-41 , DOI
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 1-/-1/20151-/-1/2015
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 7-/-0/20157-/-0/2015
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 6-/-0/2015
Treasure KL, Winter J & Chapman S (2015) 'Teaching and learning in the Peninsula Arts Gallery' PedRIO annual conference Plymouth University 4-/-0/2015
Treasure KL & Gibb R (2010) 'The Theory and Practice of Empowerment in Africa: From 'Subjective' Emancipation to 'Objective' Subjugation' BISA Annual Conference 2010 Edinburgh 3-/-0/20104-/-0/2010