The College is delighted to announce that Dr Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni and Dr Emma Gilby have been promoted to Readerships.

A Readership is awarded as a mark of personal distinction to members of academic staff whose contributions to the advancement of their subject, Faculty or Department, and University are recognised as important.

Dr Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni is currently a Senior University Lecturer in International Relations and Sidney Fellow. Her main research interests are in the areas of International Organisation, International Relations Theory, and International Security. Her current research focuses on institutional design, organisational ecology of international organisations, transnational advocacy, international arms control and disarmament cooperation.

On hearing the news of this promotion, Mette said: “I am delighted. I now look greatly forward to returning to teaching at Sidney and POLIS after two years of leave during which I have had the luxury of immersing myself in a series of individual and collaborative research projects on changing global governance. It’s been fun, but I have missed interacting with students and colleagues at Sidney.”

Dr Emma Gilby is a Sidney Bye-Fellow and a Senior University Lecturer in French at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Emma works on French thought and literature of the early modern period (especially the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). She has been a CRASSH Early Career Fellow, and the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Emma commented: “I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received from my friends and colleagues at Sidney. Looking forward to getting back to teaching and research next year, even if perhaps in altered circumstances.”

Very many congratulations to both Mette and Emma on this very well deserved recognition.

If you have something that would make a good news or feature item, please email