Dr Jonna Nyman

Teaching Fellow in International RelationsDr Jonna Nyman

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 4658
  • Email: jn147@le.ac.uk
  • Term time office hours: Tuesdays 2-3, Fridays 2-3 (917 Attenborough Tower)

Research Interests

My research interests are in the politics and ethics of ‘security’, broadly conceived. I work on energy security in the United States and China, drawing on critical approaches to security to understand how energy is constructed as a security issue. I am currently also working on using this research to better understand the value and ethics of security. I’m also very interested in critical approaches to security as a growing research agenda, and in environmental or climate security and politics.

I’m a member of an ongoing ESRC seminar series on the future of American power, headed by Dr Adam Quinn at the University of Birmingham. I also co-edit International Studies Today, BISA’s international affairs magazine.

Current Research

My current research is grouped under three main related themes:

Conceptualising Energy Security

This work builds on my PhD research on the politics and ethics of energy security in the United States and China. It draws on critical approaches to security to understand how energy is constructed as a security issue by key actors, both in discourse and in policy practice. This work uses discourse analysis of official texts on energy security as well as interview data from fieldwork in Washington DC and Beijing interviewing experts and policy-makers. I’m particularly interested in contestation over the meaning of energy security, and what attaching security ‘does’ to energy. I am currently working on a book manuscript based on this work. I also co-organised conference panels on this theme at BISA 2014 with Dr Caroline Kuzemko.

The Politics and Ethics of Security

My interest in the politics and ethics of 'security' developed during my PhD research but has since developed into further projects. I organised a workshop on Ethics and Security at the University of Birmingham in 2013, with Dr Anthony Burke and Professor Nicholas Wheeler and have also co-organised a roundtable on ethics and security with Dr Burke which will take place at the International Studies Association annual convention in New Orleans in February 2015. These are both part of the forthcoming co-edited Ethical Security Studies book listed below.

Chinese foreign and security policy

Based on the research undertaken for my PhD and since, my empirical research interests are moving in the direction of Chinese foreign and security policy. I'm particularly interested in 'Chinese' constructions of security and current debates in Chinese IR. I will also be presenting some of my work on Chinese energy security at ISA in 2015.


  • PL1020 Classics of IR
  • PL2000 Political Analysis
  • PL2019 Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • PL3129/3329 The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • DL MA PL7591 Strategy in the Modern World
  • DL MA PL7533 The Politics of Global Modern Nuclear Order
  • DL MA PL7505 International Security

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


Journal articles

Book chapters

I've also published shorter pieces with the LSE Politics and Policy blog, the ICCS brief, SavingHumans.org, and NKnews.

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Contact Details

Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702
Fax : +44 (0)116 252 5082
Email: politics@le.ac.uk