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Dr Thomas Davies

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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City, University of London
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Dr Davies' work bridges historical and theoretical perspectives on world politics. His publications have addressed non-governmental organizations, global governance, transnational history, internationalist theory, disarmament diplomacy, and social movements including the peace movement and nonviolence. He is the author of NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), and The Possibilities of Transnational Activism: The Campaign for Disarmament between the Two World Wars (Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2007). Dr Davies also established the Project on the Evolution of International Non-Governmental Organizations. Prior to joining City University London, Dr Davies was a Junior Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Lecturer at St Catherine's and New Colleges in the University of Oxford. His doctoral studies were undertaken at Magdalen College, Oxford, and his thesis was awarded the British International History Group Thesis Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


MA, MPhil and DPhil.


Research interests

- Global governance
- International non-governmental organizations
- Transnational history
- Internationalist theory
- Transnational social movements
- Disarmament diplomacy
- Peace movements & nonviolence

PhD supervision

Supervised to completion:
- Dr Bonfas Owinga
- Dr Elizaveta Kuznetsova
- Dr Pat Finlow
- Dr Niloy Biswas
- Dr Leonie Fleischmann
- Dr Alejandro Pena
- Dr Holly Eva Ryan

Dr Davies welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in the areas of his research interests


  1. Davies, T. (2014). NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-938753-3.
  2. Davies, T. (2017). Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: the promise and pitfalls of the early ‘science of internationalism’. European Journal of International Relations, 23(4), pp. 884–905. doi:10.1177/1354066116679243.

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Books (5)

  1. Davies, T. (Ed.), (2019). Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-97749-4.
  2. (2016). History of Transnational Voluntary Associations. Brill.
  3. Davies, T., Ryan, H. and Pena, A. (Eds.), (2016). Protest, Social Movements and Global Democracy since 2011. Emerald. ISBN 978-1-78635-028-2.
  4. Davies, T. (2013). NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society. London: Hurst. ISBN 978-1-84904-310-6.
  5. Davies, T.R. (2007). The possibilities of transnational activism: the campaign for disarmament between the two world wars. Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff. ISBN 978-90-04-16258-7.

Chapters (16)

  1. Davies, T. (2019). The UIA and the Development of International Relations Theory. In Laqua, D., Van Acker, W. and Verbruggen, C. (Eds.), International Organizations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations (pp. 155–170). London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-350-05563-6.
  2. Davies, T. (2019). Introducing NGOs and International Relations. Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-97749-4.
  3. Davies, T. (2019). Transnational Non-State Politics. Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-97749-4.
  4. Davies, T. (2018). The historical development of NGOs. In Kellow, A. and Murphy-Gregory, H. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on NGOs Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. ISBN 978-1-78536-167-8.
  5. Davies, T., Schmitz, H., Raggo, P., Xie, L., Appe, S., Barragan-Teran, D. … Owinga, B. (2017). Transnational Associations and INGOs: Macro-Associations. In Smith, D., Stebbins, R. and Grotz, J. (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (pp. 874–893). Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-26316-2.
  6. Davies, T. (2013). International Veterans' Organizations and the Promotion of Disarmament between the Two World Wars. In Eichenberg, J. and Newman, J.P. (Eds.), The Great War and Veterans' Internationalism Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-1-137-28161-6.
  7. Davies, T. (2013). Governing Communications. In Harman, S. and Williams, D. (Eds.), Governing the World? Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-04963-8.
  8. Davies, T.R. (2012). THE TRANSFORMATION OF INTERNATIONAL NGOs AND THEIR IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT AID. In Carbonnier, G. (Ed.), (pp. 48–59). PALGRAVE. ISBN 978-1-137-00340-9.
  9. Davies, T.R. (2011). The Rise and Fall of Transnational Civil Society: The Evolution of International Non-Governmental Organizations since the Mid-Nineteenth Century. In Reydams, L. (Ed.), Global Activism Reader (pp. 35–44). New York and London: Continuum. ISBN 978-1-4411-7955-5.
  10. Davies, T.R. (2011). Researching Transnational History: The Example of Peace Activism. In Reinalda, B. (Ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors (pp. 35–46). Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-7906-6.
  11. Davies, T. (2010). Civil Society History VI: Early and Mid Twentieth Century. In Anheier, H., Toepler, S. and List, R. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society (pp. 361–366). New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-93994-0.
  12. Davies, T. (2010). Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. In Anheier, H. and Toepler, S. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society New York: Springer.
  13. Davies, T. (2010). World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union. In Anheier, H. and Toepler, S. (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Civil Society New York: Springer.
  14. Davies, T. (2009). Non-violence. In Iriye, A. and Saunier, P.-.Y. (Eds.), The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History (pp. 769–771). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4039-9295-6.
  15. Davies, T. (2009). Transnational Civil Society: Past, Present, Future. In Katsy, D. and Sadri, H. (Eds.), Trends, Prospects and Challenges of Globalization Saint Petersburg: Saint Petersburg State University Press. ISBN 978-5-288-04667-4.
  16. Davies, T. Transnational Movements. (pp. 1–4). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4051-2433-1.

Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Davies, T. (2008). Transnational Campaigning for Disarmament: Lessons from between the two World Wars. Disarmament and Globalization: Old and New Wisdoms 7 January, CISD, SOAS, London, UK.

Internet publications (5)

  1. Davies, T. (2016). A cautionary tale from the history of NGOs. OUPblog.
  2. Davies, T. and Bechler, R. (2015). Learning from social movement failure. Open Democracy.
  3. Davies, T. (2011). The 2011 Uprisings and the Limits of "People Power".
  4. Davies, T.R. Transnational Social Movements. Oxford University Press.
  5. Davies, T. Project on the Evolution of International Non-Governmental Organizations.

Journal articles (18)

  1. Davies, T. (2018). Rethinking the Origins of Transnational Humanitarian Organizations: The Curious Case of the International Shipwreck Society. Global Networks, 18(3), pp. 461–478. doi:10.1111/glob.12189.
  2. Peña, A.M. and Davies, T.R. (2017). Responding to the street: Government responses to mass protests in democracies. Mobilization, 22(2), pp. 177–200. doi:10.17813/1086-671X-22-2-177.
  3. Walton, O.E., Davies, T., Thrandardottir, E. and Keating, V.C. (2016). Understanding Contemporary Challenges to INGO Legitimacy: Integrating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Perspectives. Voluntas, 27(6), pp. 2764–2786. doi:10.1007/s11266-016-9768-2.
  4. Davies, T.R. (2016). History of Transnational Voluntary Associations. Voluntaristics Review, 1(4), pp. 1–55. doi:10.1163/24054933-12340012.
  5. Davies, T., Ryan, H.E. and Pena, A.M. (2016). Protest, social movements and global democracy since 2011: New perspectives. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, 39, pp. 1–29. doi:10.1108/S0163-786X20160000039001.
  6. Davies, T. (2015). Learning from failures in the 2011 uprisings. Global Change, Peace & Security. doi:10.1080/14781158.2016.1118026.
  7. Davies, T.R. (2014). Educational internationalism, universal human rights, and international organisation: International Relations in the thought and practice of Robert Owen. REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, 40(4), pp. 729–751. doi:10.1017/S0260210513000429.
  8. Davies, T.R. (2014). The failure of strategic nonviolent action in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Syria: ‘political ju-jitsu’ in reverse. Global Change, Peace and Security, 26(3), pp. 299–313. doi:10.1080/14781158.2014.924916.
  9. Pena, A.M. and Davies, T.R. (2014). Globalisation from Above? Corporate Social Responsibility, the Workers' Party and the Origins of the World Social Forum. NEW POLITICAL ECONOMY, 19(2), pp. 258–281. doi:10.1080/13563467.2013.779651.
  10. Davies, T. (2013). NGOs: A Long and Turbulent History. Global: The Global Journal, (15).
  11. Davies, T. (2012). Internationalism in a Divided World: The Experience of the International Federation of League of Nations Societies, 1919–1939. Peace and Change: a journal of peace research, 37(2), pp. 227–252. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0130.2011.00744.x.
  12. Davies, T. (2012). La transformation des ONG internationales et leurs effets sur l’aide au développement. Revue internationale de politique de développement, 3. doi:10.4000/poldev.949.
  13. Davies, T.R. (2012). A "Great Experiment" of the League of Nations Era: International Nongovernmental Organizations, Global Governance, and Democracy Beyond the State. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, 18(4), pp. 405–423. doi:10.1163/19426720-01804002.
  14. Davies, T. (2012). The Transformation of International NGOs and Their Impact on Development Aid. International Development Policy, 3. doi:10.4000/poldev.994.
  15. Davies, T.R. (2009). New Directions in Transnational Activism: Non-Governmental Organizations and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES REVIEW, 11(3), pp. 592–593. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2486.2009.00875.x.
  16. Davies, T. (2004). France and the World Disarmament Conference of 1932-34. Diplomacy & Statecraft, 15(4), pp. 765–780. doi:10.1080/09592290490886838.
  17. Davies, T. and Peña, A. Social Movements and International Relations: A Relational Framework. Journal of International Relations and Development.
  18. Davies, T. Transnational Society as a Mirror of International Society: A Reinterpretation of Contemporary World Order. International Theory.

Working paper

  1. Davies, T. (2008). The rise and fall of transnational civil society: The evolution of international non-governmental organisations since 1839. London, UK: City, University of London


Undergraduate teaching

- IP1018 Politics and power in world history
- IP2019 Transnational social movements
- IP3018 Global governance

Postgraduate teaching

- IPM108 Global governance