Dr Tom Dyson

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

Dr Dyson joined the Department in 2012. He was previously employed as Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics, University of Surrey (2006-12), Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Government, LSE (2005-06) and ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Studies, LSE (2004-05).


Between 2009-11 Dr Dyson was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow based at the Chair of German and European Politics at Potsdam University and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, Germany. During the academic year 2019-20 Dr Dyson was a Visiting Scholar at the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and the Social Sciences, Potsdam.


Dr Dyson’s research interests lie in European defence cooperation and British, French and German defence and security policy. He is especially interested in military learning and the sources of military adaptation, innovation and emulation.


Dr 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).


Dr 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 3440 Military Change

PR 3430 Defence and Security Governance

PR 2580 International Organisations


PR5937 Understanding Defence

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