Cynthia Cockburn, a feminist researcher and writer, lives in London where she is Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at City University and active in the international anti-militarist network Women in Black. She is known for writings based on empirical social research, and for an approach that grounds theory in the practice of labour or political action.
She has contributed, over quarter of a century, to the literature on gender and technology, the labour process and trade unionism, and transformative change in and through organizations. Her books include The Local State (1977), Brothers (1983), The Machinery of Dominance (1985), In the Way of Women (1991) and Gender and Technology in the Making (1993).
Since 1995 her research has focused on gender in armed conflict and peace processes, particularly in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel/Palestine and Cyprus. Her most recent books are The Space Between Us: Negotiating Gender and National Identities in Conflict (Zed 1998); and (co-edited with Dubravka Zarkov) The Postwar Moment: Militaries, Masculinities and International Peacekeeping (2002).