dr. William W. Thomson


Bill started his career in the military, as a former Royal Marine, engaging initially as a combat paramedic, and counter-terrorism operative, his experiences of conflict led him to engage in peace work. After 25 Years Bill is still committed to peacemaking, and human needs development in conflict regions of the world. On completion of his military service, Bill worked as an emergency medic and went on to become the CEO of an emergency response disaster management consultancy, training SAR personnel, governments and NGOs. With a continuing interest in religious conflict, shaped by his military experiences, Bill attended the University of Aberdeen, obtaining the Degree of Bachelor of Theology, Honours.

He went on to study for a Masters in Political Research and International Relations, (MRes) also at Aberdeen University. On completion of his Masters, he read for a PhD at the University of St Andrews, School of International Relations, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Scotland. During this period his work was engaged in peacemaking in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Since completing the PhD, he has lectured in peace studies, conflict and security, global health, disaster management, emergency humanitarian intervention, and health security in conflict, at The University of St Andrews; The University of Glasgow; and The University of Manchester (Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute). As a practitioner, Bill has undertaken over 3000 personnel field assessments and training initiatives in hostile operations, medical response and crisis intervention. His primary academic and practitioner interests are in, mediation, peace education, and conflict and crisis intervention analysis. Bill has recently brought together his practitioner and academic experience to develop the research and training organisation: www.sector-3.org

Academic qualifications

1. PhD - International Relations: Peace and Conflict Studies

University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. The PhD analysed state, non governmental organisations and civil society approaches to human needs development and peacemaking, in the Israel-Palestine conflict. The book, (forthcoming 2019), takes a historical, balanced, yet contemporary view of the conflict, relying on longitudinal research outputs (1993-2018), to examine the relationship of conflict intervention methods, and the impact these have had on the human needs of Israelis and Palestinians, which continually drive the conflict forward.

2. Master of Research: Politics & International Relations

University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. With a focus on quantitative and qualitative research methods in Peace and Conflict Studies.

3. Degree of Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. This developed my understanding of peace, conflict, ritual and belief, particularly within Jewish, Christian and Islamic theology. My work in this area extends to interpreting scripture in world religions to nurture scholarly debate on interfaith issues in conflict.