Dr Jonathan Gilmore

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: School Of Social And Behavioural Sciences
Email: J.Gilmore@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62320
Location: Room PR TB 7003, Tower Block, Penrhyn Road


My research examines the deployment of cosmopolitan commitments and ethos in foreign and security policy. I am particularly interested in the ways in which military structures, techniques, training and doctrine may be evolving towards a cosmopolitan-minded approach and the impact this might have on the practices of international relations. My most recent research interest has centred on the movement towards remoteness in international military interventions and the intra-societal foundations needed for ethically-minded foreign policies.

This research has featured in a number of leading international journals and my book - 'The Cosmopolitan Military: Armed Forces and Human security in the 21st Century' - was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

In a broader sense I am interested in normative international relations theory, global ethics, the production of knowledge about violent intra-state conflicts and the evolution of peace operations and human security discourse.

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Educational and professional qualifications

2009-2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with distinction) , Kingston University
2003-2008 PhD , University of Manchester
2002-2003 MA International Relations , University of Manchester
1999-2002 BA (Hons.) Political Studies , University of Leeds

Professional experience (post-1990)

2008-Present Lecturer in Politics, Human Rights and International Studies, Kingston University
2005-2008 Senior Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester
2003-2005 Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester


PO4003 Introduction to International Relations
PO5002 International Relations Theory and Development
PO6009 Human Rights and Political Violence
'Ethics and Foreign Policy' Reading Group Convener

Research supervision

I am currently the lead supervisor of Peter Finn, for his doctoral project on 'Impunity and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror'.

I welcome PhD proposals for projects related to my broad areas of research interest.

Research areas

: Constructivist and English School International Relations Theory
: Cosmopolitan Ethics in Foreign Policy
: Critical Security Studies
: Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
: Peace Operations
: Human Security
: Counterinsurgency in the War on Terror
: Military Culture and Training
: The Armed Forces and Society

International connections

British International Studies Association (BISA)
Chatham House

Research outputs

Number of items: 21.


Gilmore, Jonathan (2015) Still a 'force for good'? Good international citizenship in British foreign and security policy. The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, 17(1), pp. 106-129. ISSN (print) 1369-1481

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) Protecting the Other: considering the process and practice of cosmopolitanism. European Journal of International Relations, 20(3), pp. 694-719. ISSN (print) 1354-0661

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) The uncertain merger of values and interests in UK foreign policy. International Affairs, 90(3), pp. 541-557. ISSN (print) 0020-5850

Gilmore, Jonathan (2011) A kinder gentler counterterrorism: counterinsurgency, human security and the war on terror. Security Dialogue, 42(1), pp. 21-37. ISSN (print) 0967-0106


Gilmore, Jonathan (2015) The cosmopolitan military: armed forces and human security in the 21st century. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 252p. ISBN 9781137032263

Book Section

Gilmore, Jonathan (2015) Protecting strangers: reflections on a cosmopolitan peacekeeping capacity. In: Curran, David , Fraser, Trudy , Roeder, Larry and Zuber, Robert, (eds.) Perspectives on peacekeeping and atrocity prevention: expanding stakeholders and regional arrangements. New York, U.S. : Springer. pp. 7-25. (Humanitarian Solutions in the 21st Century) ISSN (print) 2198-9958 ISBN 9783319163710

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) The uncertain merger of values and interests in UK foreign policy. In: Edmunds, Timothy , Gaskarth, Jamie and Porter, Robin, (eds.) British Foreign Policy and the National Interest. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 23-41. ISBN 9781137392343

Conference or Workshop Item

Gilmore, Jonathan (2015) Touching from a distance: remote humanitarianism and the boundaries of moral solidarity. In: Narratives of Intervention: Reflections from North and South; 22-23 Jul 2015, Guildford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) Remote cosmopolitanism: narrowing horizons and permanent economic emergency. In: 8th ECPR General Conference; 3-6 Sep 2014, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2013) "Cosmopolitan-minded" militaries: beyond the national military but before UNEPS? In: Workshop on 'Peacekeeping and Rapid Reaction'; 8th July 2013, Bradford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2013) Managing the ‘Cosmopolitan Genie’: the merger of values and interests in UK foreign policy. In: Workshop on 'Interpreting Foreign Policy' , 41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops; 11-16 Mar 2013, Mainz, Germany. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2013) The Uncertain Merger of Values and Interests in UK Foreign Policy. In: ‘British Foreign Policy and the National Interest’ Conference; 12 July 2013, Chatham House, London. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2012) A different kind of power: good international citizenship and future UK foreign and security policy. In: UK Security in a Multipolar World; 10 July 2012, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2011) Mapping the human terrain: narrative, knowledge and power in counterinsurgency. In: Global Insecurities: Insurgency, Development and World Order 10 Years On; 5 - 6 Sep 2011, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2011) 'Practicing what you preach': sincerity, human security and the case for a practical cosmopolitanism. In: ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops; 12 - 17 Apr 2011, St. Gallen, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Dexter, Helen and Gilmore, Jonathan (2010) "Be polite, be professional, be prepared to kill": conceptualising counterinsurgency. In: ISA Annual Convention; 17-20 Feb 2010, New Orleans, USA. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2010) Cultural knowledge, human terrain and narratives about armed conflict. In: Conflict, Intervention and the Politics of Knowledge; 25 - 26 Nov 2010, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2009) “A Kinder Gentler Machine Gun Hand?” Counterinsurgency, human security and the war on terror. In: BISA 2009 Annual Conference; 14 -16 Dec 2009, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2009) "A kinder gentler machine-gun hand?" Counterinsurgency, state-building and the legacy of the war on terror. In: The Future of Statebuilding: Ethics, Power and Responsibility in International Relations; 9-11 Oct 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2008) Destroying in order to save: the enduring warfighting tradition and its impact on US post-conflict management operations. In: 49th Annual ISA Convention; 26 - 29 Mar 2008, San Francisco, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan and Dexter, Helen (2006) Be careful what you wish for: cosmopolitanism and the renaissance in warfighting. In: ECPR Joint Session of Workshops; 25 - 30 April 2006, Nicosia, Cyprus. (Unpublished)

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