Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh

Oliver Turner is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He is also Convenor of BISA's US Foreign Policy working group.

Oliver's research is located broadly within the IR sub-field of Security Studies, with overlaps into Foreign Policy Analysis and International Political Economy. His current research interests are in US politics and foreign policy; US-China/Asia relations, the international politics of East and South East Asia; and British policy and presence in Asia. His work is primarily informed by the more critical IR theories, notably post colonialism, social constructivism, post structuralism, and critical geopolitics. His work appears in the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Third World Quarterly, and Geopolitics, among other peer-reviewed journals, as well as in such current affairs outlets as The National Interest.


  • 2013–present
    Hallsworth Research Fellow in Political Economy, University of Manchester
  • 2012–2013
    Research Associate, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester
  • 2011–2012
    Lecturer in International Politics, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2007–2011
    Doctoral Researcher and Graduate Tutor, University of Manchester


  • 2011 
    University of Manchester, PhD in International Relations


  • 2014
    American Images of China: Identity, Power, Policy, Routledge
  • 2013
    'Finishing the Job': The UN Special Committee on Decolonization and the Politics of Self Governance, Third World Quarterly
  • 2013
    'Threatening' China and US Security: The International Politics of Identity, Review of International Studies
  • 2011
    Sino-US Relations Then and Now: Discourse, Images, Policy, Political Perspectives