Dr Jamie Johnson

Lecturer in Security Conflict and International Development

School/Department: History Politics and International Relations, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2657



Dr Jamie M. Johnson joined the school as a Lecturer in Security, Conflict and International Development in August 2017. He had previously held positions at the University of Birmingham, the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester.

Jamie completed his undergraduate (Economics and Politics) and postgraduate (International Politics) degrees in the Department of Politics, University of Manchester. He remained in Manchester for his funded doctoral research on the post-2001 conflict in Afghanistan, which was supervised by Professor Maja Zehfuss and Professor Peter Lawler.

He is a member of the Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies (ISSS) and Global Ethics and Political Theory (GEPT) research clusters.

Jamie is an Associate Editor of Critical Military Studies, a leading interdisciplinary journal on the study of military power. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is currently a member of the QAA Advisory Group for the Subject Benchmark Statement in Politics and International Relations.

Jamie is currently the Director of Student Experience within the School of History, Politics and International Relations. 


Jamie's research focuses on two main areas: (i) the ethics of war and (ii) scandals in global politics. His interest in the ethics of war focuses on exploring how western societies normalise and legitimise armed conflict. More recently Jamie has focused on political scandals. Specifically he is interested in how scandals reveal and reconfigure relations of power in contemporary global politics.

His research has been published in Critical Studies on Terrorism, European Journal of International Relations, and Review of International Studies


Journal Articles


Johnson, JM, VM Basham and OD Thomas. (2022) 'Ordering disorder: The making of world politics'. Review of International Studies, 48(4): 607-625.


Johnson, JM and VM Basham. (2021) 'Living in dangerous times'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 14(4): 400-401.


Johnson, JM. (2017) 'Beyond a politics of recrimination: Ethics, scandal and the rehabilitation of violence'. European Journal of International Relations, 23(3): 703-726.


Book Chapters


Johnson, JM and VM Basham. (2023) ‘Living in Dangerous Times’, in LB Jackson, L Jarvis and H Toros eds., 9/11 Twenty Years On: Critical Perspectives (Abingdon: Routledge), 4-5.




Birmingham Policy Commission. (2014). The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK.


Jamie is interested in supervising projects on the following areas: 
- Scandals in global politics
- The politics and ethics of liberal war and the legitimation of political violence
- Critical approaches to International Relations


I primarily teach on issues of conflict, violence and security, as well as International Relations more broadly.

I convene the following modules:
- PL1022 Key Concepts in International Relations
- PL3145 Gender, Race and War

I am also involved in the teaching on the following modules:
- PL3060 Feminism
- PL7076 US Foreign Policy
- PL7089 Politics of Human Rights
- PL7161 International Relations After the Cold War
- SS7200 Research Philosophy

I have been recognised for my teaching through the following awards:
- Best Lecturer, Leicester Students' Union, Superstar Awards 2021 (nomination)
- Student Experience Champion, University of Leicester, Citizens' Awards 2021 (nomination)
- Best Postgraduate Teacher, University of Manchester, Manchester Teaching Awards 2013 (nomination)

Press and media

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