Dr Thomas Gregory

PhD (Manchester), MSc Econ (Aberystwyth)


Tom has a PhD from the University of Manchester and a Master of International Politics (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).
  • “Registers of Lethality: Body Counts as a Weapon of War” (under review).

Teaching | Current

POLITICS 106 Global politics

POLITICS 773 From Dresden to Drones: The Ethics of War

Postgraduate supervision


Azim Shea, Syria, Refugees and Resilience (with Dr Fabio Scarpello)

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

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

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

Carolina Pantoliano Panico, Nuclear Weapons and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (with A/P Treasa Dunworth)

Erkan Eroglu, Deconstructing Refugee Subjectivities in Turkey (with Dr Fabio Scarpello)


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)

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  • Gregory, T. (2019). The costs of war: Condolence payments and the politics of killing civilians. Review of International Studies10.1017/S026021051900038X
  • Gregory, T. (2019). Dangerous feelings: Checkpoints and the perception of hostile intent. Security Dialogue, 50 (2), 131-147. 10.1177/0967010618820450
  • Gregory, T. A. (2015). Dismembering the Dead: Violence, Vulnerability and the Body in War. European Journal of International Relations10.1177/1354066115618244
  • Gregory, T. (2015). Drones, targeted killings and the limitations of international law. http://duckofminerva.com/2015/10/drones-targeted-killings-and-the-limitations-of-international-law.html. Related URL.
  • 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


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58 SYMONDS ST - Bldg 435
Level 7, Room 730
New Zealand

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