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 11-12, Fridays 1-2 (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 by key actors, both in discourse and in policy practice. I’m particularly interested in contestation over the meaning of energy security, and what attaching security ‘does’ to energy. I’m also very interested in critical approaches to security as a growing research agenda, and in environmental or climate security and politics.

Current Research

I am currently working on using my research on energy security in the United States and China to better understand the value and ethics of security. I’m also continuing research in these empirical areas.

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.


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

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Nyman, J. (forthcoming) 'Energy Security under Obama: Some hope, but not much change', in Holland, J. and Bentley, M. (eds) The Obama Doctrine: Legacy and Continuity in US Foreign Policy. London: Routledge [in preparation]

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

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