Jonathan Joseph

Professor Jonathan Joseph

Professor of Politics and International Relations

Contact Details
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1667
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: 2.04, Elmfield Building

Jonathan Joseph is an Alumni Senior Fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen.


Jonathan Joseph joined the Department in 2012. He previously spent eight years at the University of Kent and before that taught at Aberystwyth University. After studying Politics and English at Swansea he took a PhD in Philosophy at Southampton University on the topic of hegemony and critical realist philosophy. Since then he has developed an interest in the intersection of philosophy, social theory and international relations. His current work examines this through the concepts of hegemony and governmentality. He is currently developing a critical approach to the idea of resilience and how it is used in international interventions, civil protection and security policies.

Jonathan Joseph is an Alumni Senior Fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen.


My teaching reflects my interest in the intersection of IR theory, social theory and metatheory. I have taught across a wide range of areas spanning IR theory, philosophy of social science, and political sociology. Most of my courses try to do two things – introduce classical approaches to the subject and explore new and critical ways of thinking, perhaps even challenging the boundaries of the disciplines and the ways of acquiring knowledge.

I currently teach on POL6970 Theory and Practice of International Relations which introduces MA students to the main theories and debates in IR. This module combines a large lecture format with more interactive seminar discussions. I also teach POL3137 Peacekeeping, Statebuilding and International Intervention which is a 3rd year BA module looking at the changing discourse and practice of peacebuilding, statebuilding, humanitarian intervention and international development. This module is taught in lecture / seminar format with presentations, document analysis and conceptual discussion.


Jonathan Joseph is developing his work on the concept of governmentality by applying it to a range of areas such as security strategy, state-building and EU politics. He is particularly interested in how governmentality works in different contexts and whether it can explain international or global forms of governance.

He is also interested in the theoretical issue of how governmentality intersects with hegemony. Hegemony is seen as a broader and deeper context within which techniques of governmentality might operate. Again, he is interested in how these questions relate to international relations.

Current work projects also involve a study of resilience in EU and international policy making, particular in relation to security strategy, disaster relief and humanitarian aid. 

Publications and Papers


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Key Publications

- Books

- Journal articles

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Governing Through Failure and Denial: The New Resilience Agenda, University of Exeter, February 10 2016.
  • Britain’s overseas aid strategy: How the resilience turn reinforces governmentality, Canterbury Christchurch University, February 17 2015. Link to audio.
  • Resilience and governmentality in overseas intervention, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, June 29, 2015.
  • Resilience in International Crisis Management in Europe and Beyond, Université catholique de Louvain, June 1, 2015. Link to video.
  • Hegemony, governmentality and critical realism, Spectrum: Journal of Global Studies conference, Middle Eastern Technical University (METU), Ankara, November 2 2012.
  • Governance and the construction of the social, The Social and the Political in Discourses of Statebuilding, University of Westminster, April 27, 2012.
  • Putting Global Governance in its Place, Central European University Budapest, April 4, 2012.
  • Governmentality and democracy promotion, Aberystwyth University, research seminar, February 3, 2012.
  • Are the French Resilient? Resilience as Anglo-Saxon Governmentality, Queen Mary University, research seminar, November 23, 2011.
PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising PhDs on the contribution critical theory and negative critique can make to International Relations and the struggle for hegemony within Turkish politics and society. In the past I have successfully supervised PhDs on topics like hegemony and postwar reconstruction, international public health governance, the discourse of EU identity and causality in international relations.

I am particularly interested in supervising research students in the areas of hegemony, governmentality, IR theory, metatheory and realist philosophy, Marxism, neoliberalism and global governance.

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