Dr Thomas Gregory

PhD (Manchester), MSc Econ (Aberystwyth)


Tom has a PhD from the University of Manchester and a Masters (Distinction) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Research | Current

  • IR Theory
  • Conflict and Security 
  • Weapons of War
  • Ethics and War
  • Civilian Casualties and Counterinsurgency

Tom is currently working on three projects related to conflict, violence and war. The first is a Marsden funded book project entitled The Politics of Killing Civilians: Counterinsurgency and the Economy of Force, which examines civilian casualty mitigation efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The second project builds upon his existing work, situating contemporary debates drones, autonomous weapons and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas within a history trajectory that reaches back to debates about expanding bullets, cluster munitions and chemical weapons. Finally, he working on a project with colleagues in Engineering on the relationship between conflict, water and security and a VR project with colleagues in Computer Sciences on the ethics of war. Both are interested in exploring opportunities to use new technologies to explore debates in international politics.  


Work in Progess

  • “Superfluous injuries, unnecessary suffering and drones” (co-authored with Helen Kinsella).
  • “Body Counts and the Politics of Killing Civilians” (in preparation).
  • “Costs of War: Condolence Payments and the Politics of Killing Civilians” (under review).
  • “Ethics and War: A Critical Intervention” (forthcoming with Millennium).

Teaching | Current

Introduction to Global Politics (Stage One)
Introduction to Political Theory (Stage One)
International Politics of the Middle East (Stage Two)
Conflict and Post Conflict Reconstruction (Stage Two)
International Security (Stage Two)
International Relations Theory (Stage Three)
Ethics of War (Postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision


Azim Shea, Syria, Refugees and Resilience (with A/P Anita Lacey)

Pia McKay, Mali, Internally Displaced People and the Ethics of Responsibility (with A/P Anita Lacey)

Samira Ghoreishi, Feminism in Iran (with A/P Kathy Smits)

Joanna Tang, Animals and International Politics (with A/P Kathy Smits)

Wisdom Iyekekpolo, Insurgency Onset in Nigeria (with Dr Chris Wilson)

Ido Yahel, External Intervention in Civil Wars (with Dr Chris Wilson)

Sigit Returning, Foreign Fighters in Indonesia (with Dr Chris Wilson)


Marsden Fast Start ($300,000)



Program Chair, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (ISA), 2018-Present.
Assistant Coordinator, Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies, 2017-Present.
Health and Wellbeing Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, 2018-Present.

Areas of expertise

International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Ethics and War, Civilian Casualties and Counterinsurgency, Feminist IR Theory, Poststructuralist IR Theory, Emotions and Affects.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gregory, T. A. (2017). Targeted killings: Drones, noncombatant immunity, and the politics of killing. Contemporary Security Policy, 38 (2), 212-236. 10.1080/13523260.2017.1336296
  • Gregory, T. (2017). Disappearing bodies: Visualising the Maywand District murders. In C. Hellmich, L. Purse (Eds.) Disappearing war: Interdisciplinary perspectives on cinema and erasure in the post-9/11 world (pp. 73-91). Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Enloe, C., Lacey, A., & Gregory, T. (2016). Twenty-five years of bananas, beaches and bases: A conversation with Cynthia Enloe. Journal of Sociology, 52 (3), 537-550. 10.1177/1440783316655635
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33120
  • Gregory, T. (2016). Civilian casualties, non-combatant immunity and the politics of killing: Review essay. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 10 (1), 187-196. 10.1080/17539153.2016.1175271
  • Gregory, T. A. (2015). Drones, targeted killings and the limitations of international law. International Political Sociology, 9 (3), 197-212. 10.1111/ips.12093
  • Ahall, L., & Gregory, T. A. (Eds.) (2015). Emotions, Politics and War. London: Routledge.
  • Gregory, T. (2012). Potential Lives, Impossible Deaths. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14 (3), 327-347. 10.1080/14616742.2012.659851


Contact details

Office hours

Wednesdays 3-5pm

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 510
New Zealand

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