Thomas is a Doctoral Researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations. His research interests lie in the study of British foreign policy, with a focus on constructions of foreign policy decisions and events within political discourse, and foreign policymaking within domestic policy networks. He is currently writing up his thesis, and has published two peer reviewed articles, all of which are built around different case studies of British foreign policy events. Thomas's PhD is funded by the University of Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations. He has also been the recipient of the School's Cowan Award, given in recognition of his research achievements.
In addition to his research, Thomas has authored a number of blog posts for high impact websites and has actively engaged with the media on the topics of British politics and Brexit. His expert commentary has been quoted in a number of national and international newspapers, including the Guardian, and he has written news articles for local press outlets. Thomas has participated in several live radio interviews, including as a British politics expert for BBC Radio Nottingham.
Thomas has led seminars, marked, and delivered lectures at BA3 and MA levels. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has also been a recipient of the PGR Teaching Award, given by the University of Nottingham's Researcher Academy in recognition of his innovative approach to developing an accessible learning environment.
Prior to starting his PhD, Thomas completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and a BA in International Relations and Politics and the University of Lincoln.
British Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy Analysis
Thomas has previously taught on the modules:
Secret Intelligence and International Security (BA3)
Covert Action and Unacknowledged Interventionism (MA)
Thomas is in the final stages of writing up his thesis, which develops a new Foreign Policy Analysis framework that synergises the Governmental Politics Model and the study of cognitive biases. This… read more
Thomas is in the final stages of writing up his thesis, which develops a new Foreign Policy Analysis framework that synergises the Governmental Politics Model and the study of cognitive biases. This is applied to the British decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and used to construct a narrative that decentres Blair and instead prioritises wider cabinet dynamics. This allows the thesis to challenge dominant 'Blair centric' explanations.
In addition to his thesis, Thomas is currently working on an article that explores how the concept of political myth can contribute to the study of policy failures and their impact on political discourse.
Prof. Rory Cormac
Prof. David Gill
Thomas has recently authored an article which explores policy networks involved in British decisions to use covert action, and power dynamics within them. He has also co-authored an article which analyses the ability of governments to influence political blame games using constructions of secrecy. Both of these were developed around case studies of different British foreign policy events.