Dr Joanna Tidy (she/her)

Department of Politics and International Relations

Lecturer in Politics

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Dr Joanna Tidy
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Dr Joanna Tidy joined the Department as a Lecturer in Politics in 2018, having previously been Anniversary Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Prior to that she held positions in the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies and the Univerity of Bristol where she gained a Doctorate in Politics. She also holds an MSc in Social Science Research Methods, an Msc in International Relations, and a LLB in Law.

Joanna's research theorises the interrelation of war, gender, military power, and violence. Her work is primarily situated within critical and feminist international relations and political economy but is also in conversation with other disciplines such as sociology, history, and geography.

Research interests

I am currently developing a research programme which considers military violence and war as a matter of work and labour. Prior to this I was writing my forthcoming book on violence and gender in military logistics and engineering and I continue to develop work in this area. I am also a member of the Centre for Drones and Culture. Across my research work I am concerned with understanding military power and violence as bound with gender, race and coloniality. I am particularly interested in questions of method, form, and research ethics (broadly understood).

Prospective doctoral students are very welcome to get in touch to discuss research ideas but these should fall into one of the following areas: critical/feminist IR and security, gender/race/coloniality/empire and war/militaries/military power/military violence, feminist political economy/political economy and war/military violence.


Edited books

  • Tidy J & Chisholm A (Ed.) (2018) Masculinities at the Margins: Beyond the Hegemonic in the Study of Militaries, Masculinities and War. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles



Research group

International Relations



Droned Life: Data, Narrative, and the Aesthetics of Worldmaking

https://www.centrefordronesandculture.com Co-investigator, UKRI MR/W010429/1,

Teaching activities

My approach to teaching is that it should be a lively, intellectual partnership between staff and students. To this end, firstly, I enjoy working with students to engage critically with the processes, assumptions and power underpinning academic knowledge and wider ‘common sense’ positions.

I encourage students to trace the logics that structure what we know about a topic and unpack the political investments they represent. Secondly, I facilitate students to become fluent in topics through active and participatory engagement.

I aim to build students’ skills and confidence as researchers, working with the principle that students should be active in applying theories and concepts and generating analyses throughout their degree.

Supervision Expertise
  • Critical and feminist international relations
  • Masculinities
  • Militarism and war
  • Critical approaches to military power/military violence
  • Race, Empire, Colonialism especially re. war/military
  • Political economy of war and militarism