Paul Thomas

Professor of Youth and Policy, University of Huddersfield

Paul Thomas is Professor of Youth and Policy at the University of Huddersfield and Director of Research in the University’s School of Education and Professional Development. Paul’s research focusses on how multiculturalist policies such as Community Cohesion and Prevent, have been understood, mediated and implemented by local policy-makers and educational practitioners.

Paul’s research has been developed in close collaboration with local authorities and their front-line education and community workers. It has led to the books Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion (2011) and Responding to the Threat of Violent Extremism –Failing to Prevent (2012), and to Paul giving oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry in to Prevent in 2009. Paul is a qualified youth worker and has previously been involved in antiracist educational work. He is currently researching how the Prevent Duty has been understood and implemented by schools and colleges in England.

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Project information

As part of its activities, CREST identifies and funds innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that contributes to our understanding of contemporary security threats.

Paul Thomas is part of CREST funded commissioned project: Community Reporting Of Violent Extremist Activity And Involvement In Foreign Conflict. Read more about this project here.

Recent publications

Thomas, P., Grossman, M., Miah, S. and Christmann, K. (2017) Community Reporting Thresholds; sharing information with authorities concerning violent extremist activity and involvement in foreign conflicts, Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield
Busher, J., Choudhury, T., Thomas, P. and Harris G. (2017), What the Prevent duty means for Schools and Colleges in England: An analysis of educationalist’s experiences, Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield.
Thomas, P. (2017) ‘Changing experiences of responsibilisation and contestation within counter-terrorism policies: The British Prevent experience’, Policy and Politics,45:3, 305-322.
Thomas, P., Busher, J., Macklin, G., Rogerson, M and Christmann, K. (2017) ‘Hopes and Fears – Community Cohesion and the ‘white working class’ in one of the ‘failed spaces’ of multiculturalism’, Sociology (early view online).Thomas, P. (2016) ‘Youth, terrorism and education: Britain’s Prevent programme’, International Journal of Lifelong Education, in-press
Thomas, P., Busher, J., Macklin, G., Rogerson, M. and Christmann, K. (2015) ‘Understanding Concerns about Community Relations’ Identity papers: A journal of British and Irish studies , 1 (1), pp. 67-78
Thomas, P. (2014) ‘Divorced but still co-habiting? Britain’s Prevent/Community Cohesion policy tension, British Politics, 9 (4), pp. 472-493.
Thomas, P. (2014) ‘Britain’s Prevent Programme: An End in Sight?’. In: Critical Perspectives on Counter Terrorism. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 169-186.
Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2014) ‘Troubling identities: race, place and positionality among young people in two towns in Northern England’ Journal of Youth Studies , 17 (9), pp. 1168-1186

More from Paul…

Community Reporting on Terrorism: Bystanders Versus Social Intimates

Campaigns encourage us to come forward as early as possible to report concerns about people radicalising to violence. But how well do they speak...Read More »

Community Reporting of Terrorist Involvement During Covid-19

Encouraging community members to share information about someone they’re close to becoming involved in terrorism remains a key challenge of counter terrorism. But how...Read More »

Community reporting on violent extremism by 'intimates': emergent findings from international evidence

To promote early intervention strategies, Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism (C/PVE) policies internationally seek to encourage community reporting by ‘intimates’ about someone close to them engaging...Read More »

Community Reporting Thresholds Poster

Community Reporting Thresholds Community Reporting Thresholds by CREST Researchers, Paul Thomas, Michele Grossman, Shamim Miah and Kris Christmann. This poster gives an overview of their research on...Read More »

What are the barriers to reporting people suspected of violent extremism?

A vital element of counter-terrorism strategy is encouraging people to report suspected terrorists. But it isn’t easy to do this if it’s someone you...Read More »

Community Reporting Thresholds: Executive Summary

This is the executive summary on Community Reporting Thresholds, produced by CREST. It looks at the reporting of potential violent extremism and terrorism, focusing...Read More »

Community Reporting Thresholds: Full Report

This is the full report on Community Reporting Thresholds, produced by CREST. It looks at the reporting of potential violent extremism and terrorism, focusing...Read More »

Community Reporting – the key to defeating terrorism?

How do people feel about reporting on their friends & family members? Michele Grossman and Paul Thomas plan to find out The recent spate...Read More »

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