Natascha Mueller-Hirth
Title: Dr
First Name: Natascha
Surname: Mueller-Hirth
Position: Lecturer in Sociology
Telephone: 01224 263299

Academic Background

  • BA Hons
  • MRes (Master in Social Research)
  • PhD in Sociology (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Natascha is a sociologist whose research mainly focuses on the following areas:

  1. Peace and conflict: the intersections of peace/conflict and development; time and temporalities in transitional and post-conflict societies; gender and peacebuilding. 
  2. Transitional justice, particular focusing on gender, development and inequalities.
  3. Governing development and development organisations: the role of NGOs in development and in civil society; monitoring and evaluation/audit culture in development; governmentality approaches to the study of development
  4. The sociology of time, temporal domination and socio-temporal marginalisation
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Africa

Her edited monograph (with Sandra Rios, 2018, Routledge) 'Time and temporality in transitional and post-conflict societies’ examines how time is experienced, constructed and used in transitional and post-conflict societies. Presenting empirical and often ethnographic research from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Palestine/Israel, Rwanda and South Africa, contributors use a temporal lens to investigate key issues including: transitional justice institutions, peace processes, victimhood, perpetrators, accountability, reparations, forgiveness, reconciliation and memoralisation. The book can be ordered here:

All of Natascha’s research to date has utilised qualitative methodologies to work with hard-to-access populations. Her recent research, for which she has been awarded funding from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, explores women's demands for sustainable peace and their experiences of peacebuilding in violence-affected communities in in Kenya. Before joining RGU in September 2014, Natascha was a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen (2010-2014), with responsibility for the South African project in the Leverhulme Trust-funded multi-national 'Compromise after Conflict' research programme. A snapshop of the nearly 1 million words of transcripts from interviews the research team conducted with victims / survivors of violence and conflict in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka can be viewed here: The findings from this research have been published in The Sociology of Everyday Life Peacebuilding (2018):



Mueller-Hirth, N., & Oyola, S. R. (Eds.). (2018). Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies. Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Brewer, J. D., Hayes, B. C., Teeney, F., Dudgeon, K., Mueller-Hirth, N., & Wijesinghe, S. L. (2018). The Sociology of Everyday Life Peacebuilding. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal Articles

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2018) Women’s experiences of peacebuilding in violence-affected communities in Kenya, Third World Quarterly. doi: 10.1080/01436597.2018.1509701

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2017) Temporalities of victimhood: Time in the Study of Postconflict Societies’. Sociological Forum. 32(1):186-206.

Yuill, C., & Mueller-Hirth, N. (2018). Paperwork, compassion and temporal conflicts in British social work. Time & Society.

Brewer, J., Hayes, B., Dudgeon, K., Mueller-Hirth, N., Teeney, F. & Wijesinghe, S. (2017) ‘Victims as moral beacons of humanitarianism in post-conflict societies’. International Social Science Journal.

Mabon L, Nguyen Song Tung, Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, Pham Thi Tram, Cao Thi Thanh Nga, Le Thu Quynh, Dang Thanh Trung, Nguyen Thi Huyen Thu, Nguyen Thi Bich Nguyet, Le Hong Ngoc, Tran Thi Tuyet, Bui Thi Cam Tu, Tran Ngoc Anh, Mueller-Hirth N and Yuill C (2018) ‘Bringing social and cultural considerations into environmental management for vulnerable coastal communities: responses to environmental change in Xuan Thuy National Park, Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam’. Ocean and Coastal Management V158, p32-44.

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2012) 'If You Don't Count You Don't Count: Monitoring & Evaluation in South African NGOs'. Development and Change, 43 (3), 649-670.

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2009) ‘South African NGOs and the public sphere: between popular movements and partnerships for development’. Social Dynamics, 35 (2), 423-435.

Book Chapters

Mueller-Hirth, N. & Rios Oyola, S. (2018) Introduction: Temporal perspectives on transitional and post-conflict societies. In: Mueller-Hirth & Rios, eds. Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Mueller-Hirth, N. (forthcoming 2018) ‘Walking the tightrope’: South African NGOs and the governance of community development. In N. McCrea and F. Finnegan (eds) Funding, Power and Community Development. University of Bristol: Policy Press

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2018) Forgiveness and the practice of compromise in post-apartheid South Africa. In J. Brewer, B. Hayes and F. Teeney (eds), The Sociology of Compromise. Palgrave Macmillan.

Mueller-Hirth, Natascha. (2018) Still waiting: victim policies, social change and fixed liminality. In: Mueller-Hirth & Rios, eds. Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Mueller-Hirth, Natascha & Rios Oyola, Sandra. (2018) Conclusion: Defusing time bombs: towards an understanding of time and temporality in peacebuilding. In: Mueller-Hirth & Rios, eds. Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2017) ‘Business and social peace processes’. In S. Idowu & S. Vertigans (eds), Corporate Social Responsibility: Academic Insights and Impacts. Springer International.

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2016) 'Corporate Social Responsibility and development in South Africa: socio-economic contexts and contemporary issues'. In S. Vertigans, S.O. Idowu & R. Schmidpeter (eds), Corporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa. Springer International.

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2013) 'Racial Formations: South Africa'. In A. Doolin (ed.) Encyclopedia of Race & Racism 2nd edition, Macmillan & Co.

Mueller-Hirth, N. (2010) 'South African NGOs and the public sphere: Between popular movements and partnerships for development'. in A Fowler & CW Malunga (eds), NGO Management: the Earthscan companion. Routledge, London.

Grants and Awards

  • Lead Academic Supervisor, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Robert Gordon University and Petrofac, 2017-2019, £147,275 (Innovate UK)
  • Principal Investigator, 'From transition to transformation? A victim centred study of women's demands for sustainable peace', 2016-2017, £5,901 (Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland)
  • ESRC 1+3 Scholarship, 2005-2010 (Economic and Social Research Council)


  • Violence, Crime and Conflict (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Global Development (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Sociology of Consumer Culture (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Social and Economic Contexts of CSR and Sustainable Development (Module Co-ordinator)
  • Social Construction of Everyday Life

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise students in any area of my research interests, particularly peace processes and transitions, post-conflict societies, development and CSR.

Professional Activities

Reviewer of manuscripts and research proposals for Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Environmental Development, Sociological Forum, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Palgrave Macmillan, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sage and Cambridge Scholar Press.

Membership in Professional Associations:

  • Higher Education Academy
  • British Sociological Association
  • Development Studies Association
  • European Sociological Association