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PhD projects

Terrorism, Conflict, Human Rights, Security, Aisa, Politics, Philippines, Duterte, Southeast Asia, Radicalisation, Social Media, jihad, war, insurgency, counterinsurgency, electoral violence, human rights.

Personal profile


Dr. Tom Smith is the Academic Director of the Royal Air Force College, and an Associate Professor in International Relations.   

Research Interests

The Philippines and security in Southeast Asia around issues including; terrorism, human rights, electoral violence, politics, media, culture, technology, sportswahsing, Asian Cinema, Neo-Noir Cinema and Bitcoin.

Media Availability

I am available for media commentary and analysis – see examples here. I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on [email protected] 

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching is focused on modules on Insurgencies, Terrorism and International Security.

Current PhD Students:

  • Alexander Hasenstab - Pre-Deployment Security Trainings (PDST) in the Aid Sector
  • Sorina Totica - Understanding the Confusion between Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in West Africa
  • Olivia Caskey - Analysing and challenging representations of female jihadi radicalization
  • Ann Bajo - Assessing Malaysian interventions in the insurgencies of Pattani and Mindanao. 

I am happy to receive informal enquiries relating to research in any of the above-indicated areas and assist in working up proposals for doctoral study.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • JZ International relations
  • JA Political science (General)
  • JQ Political institutions Asia


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