My research methodology informs my research led teaching and focuses on the classic and contemporary texts of peace and conflict theory. The main emphasis of my work seeks to evaluate and develop key approaches to peace for their efficacy in contemporary conflicts. For example, my research has critically evaluated the methods of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Conflict Transformation all of which are classical approaches to peace and human needs development. These approaches also underpin conflict prevention and peacebuilding developments and bring together the analysis of right and left wing actors. Overall, my approach to understand the effectiveness of classical and contemporary conflict intervention methods, brings together theory and practise, with a critical evaluation to inform current conflict intervention policy. Such an approach underpins a normative research agenda in international relations and bridges across peace and conflict theory to develop policy in various conflict settings.
Peace and Conflict Studies (Human Needs in Conflict)
Health Security in Conflict
International Mediation, Models and Process
Conflict Intervention Analysis:
Post Conflict Peace-building
Crisis Intervention and Humanitarian Development
Political Theology & Religious Conflict
Humanitarian Photography on Suffering
Monograph: (Completion 2019) W. W. Thomson "Intervention: Israel-Palestine - Beyond Oslo”.
Monograph under review: W. W. Thomson “Securitisation and Civil Resistance: A Dynamic of Israel-Palestinian Relations’".
Thomson, W.W., (2016). Book Review: Yair Hirschfeld, Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution 1978-2014. . Journal of Terrorism Research. 7(2), pp.103–105. DOI: http://doi.org/10.15664/jtr.1236
Thomson, W. W. “Mapping Health Insecurities in Palestine and Israel.” Journal of Peacebuilding & Development. (In progress).
Thomson, W. W. “Negotiating Health Security Needs in Syria”. (In progress) Journal of International Humanitarian Action.
Thomson, W. W. “Post Conflict Health Transitions in British Military Veterans”. Journal of Global Peace and Conflict. (In preparation).
Thomson, W. W. “Mediating Humanitarian Access Corridors in Protracted Conflict”. (In preparation).
Thomson, W. W. ‘Sustained Transformative Mediation in the Israel-Palestine Conflict’. (Under Review)
Thomson, W. W. “Syria: Mediating Humanitarian Access Corridors in Conflict”. (In preparation).