Personal profile

Educational background

DPhil, Political Science, Department of Government, LSE, 2005.             

MSc in European Politics and Policy, Department of Government, LSE, 2000.             

BA in War Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London,1999.

Personal profile

Professor Dyson joined the Department in 2012. He was previously employed as Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics, University of Surrey and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Studies, LSE. He has held visiting positions at several institutions including the Department of Politics, Birkbeck College, the Department of Government, LSE, the Chair of German and European Politics, Potsdam University, and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. Between 2021-24 he is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and Social Sciences, Potsdam.

His current research interests are military learning and the sources of military adaptation, innovation and emulation. Professor Dyson has also published scholarship on European defence cooperation and on the defence reforms of several NATO member-states/partner-states including Britain, France, Germany, Ukraine, and the United States. His research has been funded by the Alexander von Humbdolt Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Gerda Henkel Foundation and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He is presently PI for an ESRC grant (ES/V004190/1) examining organisational learning during military operations and training exercises which is being undertaken in cooperation with the Estonian Defence Forces, Portuguese Army and Royal Netherlands Army. In 2023 he was appointed to the NATO Independent Scientific Evaluation Group (ISEG).

Professor Dyson is the author of The Politics of German Defence and Security (2007), Neoclassical Realism and Defence Reform in post-Cold War Europe (2010), European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory (2013, with Professor Theodore Konstadinides) and Organisational Learning and the Modern Army (2019). He is also the co-editor of Precision-strike Warfare and International Intervention (2014). Professor Dyson has published articles in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Contemporary British History, Contemporary Security Policy, Defence Studies, European Law Review, European Security, German Politics, and Security Studies.



PR 3430 Defence and Security Governance

PR 3000 Dissertation

PR 2580 International Organisations


PR5937 Understanding Defence

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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