School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Holly Eva Ryan, BSc (Hons), City; MSc (Res), LSE; PhD, City.

Holly Eva

Lecturer in International Political Sociology

Telephone: 02078828431
Room Number: Arts One, 2.15
Office Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm, and Friday 5-6pm


Dr Holly Eva Ryan joined the School of Politics and International Relations in September 2018. Her research sits at the intersections of visual and international politics. It has a particular emphasis on the relationship between art, power and resistance in Latin America and beyond. Dr Ryan's recently published book 'Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America', examines the relationship between street art forms and politics in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. She is currently working on an ESRC New Investigator funded project exploring international friendship, solidarity and twinning practice. 

Dr Ryan is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has eight years of teaching experience in UK Higher Education, having previously taught and lectured at Kings College London, Aston University, Manchester Metropolitan University and City University of London, where she completed her PhD in 2013.

Twitter: @HollyERyan




From 2018-2021, Dr Ryan will be seconded to an ESRC research project for 60% of her time.


Research Interests:

  • Visual politics
  • Critical IR theory
  • Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Indigenous peoples' movements
  • The politics of resistance
  • Democracy
  • Non-state actors
  • Twinning and international friendship

Examples of research funding:

2018 ESRC New Investigator Award £300,000

2018 MMU Global Challenges Seed Funding £7,000

2017 BISA Early Career Small Grant £2,200

2017 RCASS Seed Funding £1,150

2016 University of Sheffield SURE 301 Award to supervise a summer research project on visual representations of the Colombian Peace Deal £1,000

2015 ESRC Seminar Series: “Exploring Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal” (Co-Investigator) £30,000

2014 Funding for BISA@40 Workshop: “Protest, Social Movements & Global Democracy” £1,000

2012 BISA “Founders Fund” Award £300

2012 ERASMUS Mundus funded fellowship to the Universiti Brunei Darussalam €12,500

2011 Fieldwork grant from the Department of International Politics, The City University of London £1,000

2009 Full PhD Studentship, The City University of London £55,000



Ryan, H.E. (2017) Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America. London: Routledge

Journal Articles

Hannah, E., Ryan, H.E. and Scott, J. (2017) Power, Knowledge and Resistance: The Revolutionary Potential of IGOs in Global Trade Governance? Review of International Political Economy

Ryan, H.E. and Flinders, M. (2017) From Senseless to Sensory Democracy: Lessons from Applied Theatre. Politics

Ryan, H.E. (2016) From Absent to Present Pasts: Civil Society, Democracy and the Shifting Place of Memory in Brazil. Journal of Civil Society. Vol.12, Issue 2.

Ryan, H.E. (2015) Affect’s Effects: Considering Art-activism and the 2001 Argentine Crisis. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest. Vol.14, Issue 1. 

Martins, R. and Ryan, H.E. (2014) Dispositivos de visibilidade e subjetividades: art-action. CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios. Vol.29 

Edited Books

Davies, T., Ryan, H.E. and Peña, A.M. (2016) Protest, Social Movements, and Global Democracy Since 2011. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. Vol.39 [Peer Reviewed]

Book Chapters

Ryan, H.E. (forthcoming) The Aesthetic Politics of NGOs in Davies, T.R. (ed.) Routledge Handbook on NGOs. 
London: Routledge

Ryan, H.E. (2018) ‘Os Anos de Chumbo’, Grupo Tupinãodá and the possibilities of street art for 
resistance in Martins, R., and Canevacci, M. (eds.) Lusophone Hip-hop. ‘Who we are’ and ‘where we are’: identity, urban culture and belonging. London: Sean Kingston Publishers 

Ryan, H.E. (2015) Moving Forwards, Looking Backwards: Os Anos de Chumbo, Tupinãodá and the new 
politics of memory in Brazil in Fuggle, S. and Henri, T. (eds.) Return to the Street. London: Pavement Books 

Ryan, H.E. (2013) Between mimesis, amnesia and exploitative rediscovery: Benemeritos de la Utopia and the possibilities for an autonomous Bolivian art in Aramayo, J. (2013) Benemeritos de la Utopia: The Aesthetics of Commitment. Bolivia: Arte Para Todos

Review Articles 

Ryan, H.E. (2014) Displaced. The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement. Bennett, O. and McDowell, C. Reviewed in: Anthropology in Action. Vol.21, Issue 1

Ryan, H.E. (forthcoming) Visual Global Politics. Bleiker, R. (Ed.) Reviewed in: Visual Communication.


Dr Ryan is interested in supervising doctoral projects in the following areas:

  • Visual politics
  • Critical IR theory
  • Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Indigenous peoples' movements
  • The politics of resistance

She is currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Mor Cohen (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Public Engagement

Dr Ryan's work has been featured in The Telegraph, The Conversation, OpenDemocracy/Democracia Abierta and The Huffington Post.


'Art, Expression & Democracy' Multimedia exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield (April 2016)
Held as part of the seminar series "Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal", funded by the ESRC.

For coverage see:

'Everyday Politics'
 Photography Exhibition at The Palace of Westminster, London (September 2015)
(Co-sponsored by the World Photography Organisation and The Crick Centre, Univeristy of Sheffield. 

For coverage see: