Dr Philip Mayne


Department of Politics and International Relations

Teaching Associate


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Dr Philip Mayne
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Philip Joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in September 2021. He completed his PhD titled ‘Ethics or Efficacy? Examining Strategic Ethics and Counterinsurgency’ at the University of Hull in April 2022.
He has taught across a range of topics ranging from international relations, human rights, and political philosophy. His current teaching is focused on International Relations. He has previously taught on international security and defence policy at the University of Hull.
Philip’s research examines the relationship between ethics and success in counterinsurgency campaigns. His work sheds light on the ethical dimension of strategy, and tests assumptions that ethical counterinsurgency is ethical counterinsurgency. His work analyses the Malayan Emergency, Kenyan Emergency, the Algerian War, and the Vietnam War), to explore this complex relationship.

  • PhD Politics (2022)
  • Strategy and International Security MA (2014)
  • War and Security Studies BA (2013)
Research interests

Philip's research is focused on counterinsurgency strategy and military ethics. His work aims to explore the strategic role ethics plays in counterinsurgency campaigns.
He is currently working on publishing the findings of his thesis.

Teaching interests
  • International Relations
  • International Security
  • Strategy
  • Conflict
  • Human Rights
  • Terrorism
  • Military Ethics
  • Defence Policy
Teaching activities

Philip has taught, and currently teaches, on the following modules


  • Debating International Relations
  • Terrorism and Political Violence


  • Human Rights, Power and Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • The World's Wicked Problems