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 September 2012. He 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.


Dr Dyson’s current research project Organisational Learning and the Modern Army explores the role that formal learning processes (‘lessons-learned processes’) can play in improving inter- and intra-organisational military learning, drawing upon case studies of the British and German armed forces during and after operations in Afghanistan. The project 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. It explores what can be learned from other public and private sector organisations about the organisational processes and activities which encourage successful adaptation, innovation and emulation within militaries.


The project has involved extensive semi-structured interviews within the British and German armed forces and defence ministries, funded by a 2016-18 Gerda Henkel Foundation research grant which was located at the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and the Social Sciences, Potsdam. It will result in several journal articles and a book Organisational Learning and the Modern Army: A New Model for Lessons Learned Processes that will be published by Routledge in the Cass Military Studies series in July 2019.


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 Professor 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.



PR 3440 Military Change

PR 3430 Defence and Security Governance

PR 2580 International Organisations


PR5937 Understanding Defence

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