School of Law and Politics

Tom Smith

PhD Candidate

LLB (Hull), MSc (London School of Economics)

Thesis Working Title:

The Geography of the Jihad: network of radicalisation, connected insurgencies or global social movement? Case studies of the jihad in Mindanao and Pattani.


Tom Graduated from the Law School in 2005 before completing the MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics under the tutelage of Fred Halliday, David Held and John Sidel. Now returning to Hull to complete his PhD in International Relations into conceptualisation of ‘the jihad’ the connections between the ‘incidents of the jihad’ using Thailand and the Philippines as case studies.

After graduating from the LSE he worked for the UN in Sri Lanka and has recently returned from a year in the Philippines as Visiting Lecturer in International Relations at De La Salle University in Manila.

Tom has a background in Law and worked for his local MP for many years as a researcher and caseworker whilst at Law School. He retains a strong interest for International Law and regularly contributes to pro bono projects abroad on issues on particular International cross-over with his research.

Tom is currently working on a long-term project to make his thesis into a feature length documentary, recording interviews and compiling footage from various academics and media commentators.

Research Interests

His research and academic interests range from:

  • Violence and Media
  • Terrorism and War studies
  • Islam and the Middle East
  • South East Asia and the Pacific Rim

Latest Review

Latest Conferences

  • The Myth of the Second Front: how ‘the experts’ and ‘the global jihad’ appropriate Asian insurgencies, ACAH, Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, 3 April 2014, Osaka, Japan

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