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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
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

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.

Qualifications

MA, MPhil and DPhil.

Research

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 Niloy Biswas
- Dr Leonie Fleischmann
- Dr Alejandro Pena
- Dr Holly Eva Ryan

Currently supervising:
- Pat Finlow
- Elizaveta Kuznetsova
- Bonfas Owinga
- Tabitha Poulter
- Sahra Taylor

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

Publications

  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.R. Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: The promise and pitfalls of the early 'science of internationalism. European Journal of International Relations . doi:10.1177/1354066116679243.

Books (5)

  1. Davies, T. (2016). History of Transnational Voluntary Associations. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-32360-5.
  2. Davies, T., Ryan, H. and Pena, A. (Eds.), (2016). Protest, Social Movements and Global Democracy since 2011. Emerald. ISBN 978-1-78635-028-2.
  3. Davies, T. (2014). NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-938753-3.
  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 (10)

  1. Davies, T., Schmitz, H., Raggo, P., Xie, L., Appe, S., Barragan-Teran, D. and 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Davies, T. (2013). Governing Communications. In Harman, S. and Williams, D. (Eds.), Governing the World? Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-04963-8.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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

Journal Articles (17)

  1. Pena, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Davies, T., Peña, A. and Ryan, H. (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.

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  4. Davies, T. (2016). History of Transnational Voluntary Associations: A Critical Multidisciplinary Review. Voluntaristics Review, 1(4), pp. 1–55. doi:10.1163/24054933-12340012.

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  5. Davies, T. (2015). Learning from failures in the 2011 uprisings. Global Change, Peace & Security . doi:10.1080/14781158.2016.1118026.
  6. 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.
  7. Davies, T. (2013). Educational internationalism, universal human rights, and international organisation: International Relations in the thought and practice of Robert Owen. Review of International Studies . doi:10.1017/S0260210513000429.
  8. Davies, T. and Pena, A. (2013). Globalisation from Above? Corporate Social Responsibility, the Workers' Party and the Origins of the World Social Forum. New Political Economy . doi:10.1080/13563467.2013.779651.
  9. Davies, T. (2013). NGOs: A Long and Turbulent History. Global: The Global Journal, (15) .
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Davies, T. (2012). The Transformation of International NGOs and Their Impact on Development Aid. International Development Policy, 3 . doi:10.4000/poldev.994.
  14. 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.
  15. Davies, T. (2004). France and the World Disarmament Conference of 1932-34. Diplomacy & Statecraft, 15(4), pp. 765–780. doi:10.1080/09592290490886838.
  16. Davies, T.R. Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: The promise and pitfalls of the early 'science of internationalism. European Journal of International Relations . doi:10.1177/1354066116679243.
  17. Davies, T. Rethinking the Origins of Transnational Humanitarian Organizations: The Curious Case of the International Shipwreck Society. Global Networks .

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.

Education

Undergraduate teaching

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

Postgraduate teaching

- IPM108 Global governance