Jamie's research explores the politics and ethics of violence within the context of the 'war on terror', specifically the varied international interventions in Afghanistan. He is particularly interested in how the narratives of the human, humane and humanitarian function to enable, excuse and obscure particular forms of violence.
Drawing on critical theoretical approaches to international politics – specifically, post-structuralism, feminism and post-colonialism – his research also explores the implications of the increasingly interdependent agendas of security and development.
Jamie's current research projects focus on:
The evolution of the U.S. way of war from the revolution in military affairs (RMA) to counter-insurgency;
The security-development nexus, specifically the role of education in fostering peace within a 'post-conflict' Afghanistan.
Jamie co-convenes (with Professor Mark Webber) the postgraduate module Global Cooperation in Practice. This is a core module on the Global Cooperation and Security MSc run by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) in conjunction with the department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).
He also teaches (with Dr Richard Lock-Pullan) on the second-year undergraduate module Diplomatic History Post-1945. This is a core module on the International Relations BA run by POLSIS.
As well as campus-based teaching, Jamie is the Academic Lead and Lead Educator on the College of Social Science's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Cooperation in the Contemporary World (@FLCooperation). The three-week MOOC is hosted by FutureLearn and introduces learners to the diversity and complexity of forms of cooperation that define international politics in the 21st century. This course draws on leading research from within the International Development Department (IDD) as well as the ICCS and POLSIS.
Jamie is a member of the editorial board for Political Perspectives, a peer-reviewed electronic journal publishing leading postgraduate research in the field of politics. He is currently co-editing a special edition of this journal linked to the 11th Aberystwyth-Lancaster Graduate Colloquium.
'The "Cultural-Turn" in the U.S. Way of War: Human, Humane, Humanitarian' (forthcoming, 2014) – Paper to be presented on 'The New Ethical Terrain in International Relations' section at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) conference, Glasgow
'Living Finally: Contesting the Conservatism of Security' (2012) – Paper presented at the Political Violence in International Relations after the Death of God conference at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds
'Immanent Life: The Temporalised Subject of Security' (2012) – Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) conference, San Diego
'Contingent Deviance, Potential Normality: Governing Emergence in Afghanistan' (2011) – Paper co-presented, with Dr Patrick Pinkerton (University of Manchester), at the Global Insecurities: Insurgency, Development and World Order: Ten Years On conference at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds
'Ethics, Time and Becoming: Notes on Punctuation' (2011) – Paper presented at the Aberystwyth-Lancaster Graduate Colloquium at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
'Gender and Civilisation: Subjectivity and Temporality in Afghanistan' (2011) – Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) conference, Montreal
'The "Human" of Human Security' (2010) – Paper presented at the Aberystwyth-Lancaster Graduate Colloquium at the Department of Geography, Durham University