Dr Jonna Nyman

Jonna profileLecturer in International Politics
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1675
Room: Elmfield 1.28
Email: j.nyman@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @jknyman
Website: https://jknyman.com

Profile

Dr Jonna Nyman is Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics, and holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. She joined the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield in September 2016, having previously worked at the University of Leicester. She holds a PhD in International Relations (2014), an MA in Political Science (Research Methods), and BA in International Relations, all from the University of Birmingham. She is a member of the International Politics Working Group at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Nyman’s research centres on the politics of security, with particular interests in energy security, climate politics, and China.

She has recently published a monograph with Oxford University Press, based on her ongoing work on energy security. This is titled The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking Energy (In)security in the United States and China.

At Sheffield, she is currently undertaking a three-year research project funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, titled ‘Securing China: Understanding security politics beyond the West’.

Her research has been supported by external funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and by the Leverhulme Trust.

Teaching

I consider teaching to be an integral part of academic life, and my love of teaching is one of the reasons why I became an academic. My teaching philosophy is centred encouraging curiosity and I see the classroom as a space where we can all question our own assumptions and explore new ideas while debating the big and small questions of international relations. I use a range of learning activities, from more traditional lectures and seminars, to role plays and simulation exercises, to push students to see the subject from different angles. I draw on ‘flipped classroom’ teaching methods, which emphasise active learning and putting students in charge of their own learning.

My teaching goal is to foster critical thinking skills: teaching students how to think, not what to think. I engage with students as independent scholars, getting them to apply theories independently to develop their own analytical skills, and giving them the tools to do so.

In the past, I have taught a wide range of subjects related to International Relations and Security Studies, and during the 2018-19 academic year, I will convene the following modules:

• POL6005 Contemporary Global Security

Research

My research interests are in the politics of security, with further interests in energy security, climate politics, and China.

My current research is grouped under three main related themes:

The Politics of Security

I’m interested in how we can theorise the politics and ethics of security, including debates on Eurocentrism and worlding security studies. As part of this, I have co-edited a book on Ethical Security Studies and published an article on the value of security, in Review of International Studies.

Chinese Security Politics

I am currently undertaking a three year major research project on Chinese security politics, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. As part of this work I have spent 8 months undertaking fieldwork in China, including time spent as a visiting scholar at Peking University and at Shanghai Jiaotong University. I'm particularly interested in 'Chinese' constructions of security and current debates in Chinese IR, as well as non-Western security politics more broadly. I am currently writing a monograph based on this work.

The Politics of Energy Security

I have an ongoing interest in energy security, and have recently published a monograph titled The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking energy (in)security in the United States and China, with Oxford University Press. I’m particularly interested in contestation over the meaning of energy security, and what attaching security ‘does’ to energy.

Key Project and Grants

Securing China: Understanding security politics beyond the West
Awarding Body: The Leverhulme Trust
Years funded for: 2016-19
£ Amount: e. £90,000

Publications

Books

Nyman, J. (2018) The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking Energy (In)security in the United States and China, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nyman, J. and Burke, A. (eds) (2016) Ethical Security Studies: A New Research Agenda, London and New York: Routledge.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

** a Chinese translation of this paper is also published in the journal in Strategy and Management 战略与管理]

Book chapters

  • Nyman, J. (2018) ‘Securitization’ in Williams, Paul D. and McDonald, Matt (eds) Security Studies: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Nyman J. (2017) ‘Energy security in an age of environmental change’, in Stevenson, H. and Corry, O. (eds) Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics: IR and the Earth, London: Routledge
  • Nyman, J. and Burke, A. (2016) ‘Introduction: Imagining Ethical Security Studies’ in Nyman, J. and Burke, A. (eds) Ethical Security Studies, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Nyman, J. (2016) ‘Pragmatism, practice and the value of security’ in Nyman, J. and Burke, A. (eds) Ethical Security Studies, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Nyman, J. (2016) '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 and New York: Routledge.
  • Nyman, J. (2013) ‘Securitisation Theory’ in Shepherd, L.J. (ed) Critical Approaches to Security: Theories and Methods, London and New York: Routledge, p51-62.

Recent invited talks (2014-2018)

  • Nyman, J. (2018) ‘The politics of energy security: lessons from China’, invited guest speaker at University of Nottingham Ningbo China, March 2018.
  • Nyman, J. (2018) ‘China’s energy-climate nexus: the energy security paradox and implications for combating climate change’, invited speaker at Trends in Global Climate Politics, workshop organised by Freie Universität Berlin, January 2018.
  • Nyman, J. (2018) ‘(The) State of security: Expanding national security under Xi Jinping’, invited speaker at State and Society Under Xi Jinping: the First Five Years, a workshop organised by the Political Studies Association Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia Specialist Group, January 2018.
  • Nyman, J. (2017) ‘The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking energy (in)security in the United States and China’, invited guest speaker at Wuhan University, Xi’ian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Zhejiang University, all April-May 2017.
  • Nyman J. (2016) ‘Pragmatism, Practice and the Value of Security’, invited Departmental Seminar speaker at the University of Leeds, November 2016.
  • Nyman, J. (2016) ‘The Future of International Security Studies’, EJIS Journal Roundtable, British International Studies Association Annual Convention, Edinburgh, June 2016.
  • Nyman, J. (2015) ‘The Energy Security Paradox: Understanding energy (in)security in the United States and China’, invited guest speaker at UI (Swedish Institute for International Affairs), Stockholm, May 2015.
  • Nyman, J. (2014) ‘Tales of Translations: Energy Security’, invited speaker at Translations of Security conference organised by the Centre for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, May 2014.

I have also presented my research at a number of national and international conferences, in Europe, the United States, and Asia.

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