Dr Tom Dyson

Educational background

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

MSc in European Politics and Policy (with distinction), Department of Government, LSE, 2000.             

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

Personal profile

Dr Tom Dyson joined the Department in September 2012. Between January 2016 and December 2017 Dr Dyson undertook a Gerda Henkel Foundation Fellowship researching organisational learning within the British and German armed forces. The Fellowship was based at the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and Social Sciences, Potsdam, Germany.

Dr Dyson was previously employed as a Lecturer in International Security at the School of Politics, University of Surrey (2006-12). 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.

Dr Dyson’s research interests lie in European defence and security and British, French and German defence policy. He is especially interested in the sources of military adaptation, innovation and emulation. His current book project Learning from War: Organisational Learning and the Modern Military explores the role that formal learning processes (‘lessons-learned processes’) can play in improving inter- and intra-organisational military learning. Drawing on extensive semi-structured interviews within the British and German armed forces and defence ministries, it examines the transmission belt linking military adaptation in the field to wider organisational learning within militaries, in areas of activity such as training, operational design, doctrine, officer education and procurement. The project explores what we can learn from other public and private sector organisations about the organisational processes and activities which encourage successful adaptation, innovation and emulation within militaries.

Dr Dyson is the author of The Politics of German Defence and Security (Berghahn, 2007); Neoclassical Realism and Defence Reform in post-Cold War Europe (Palgrave, 2010) and European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory (Palgrave, 2013, with Dr Theodore Konstadinides). He has also 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.

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