Tom Simpson

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy


Tom Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College. He was an AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2017. 

He works particularly on trust, and issues at the intersection of technology and security. His research was recently profiled by the ABC. During this academic year, he is convening a series of events on Aspects of Conservatism.

Between degrees he was an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for 5 years. He served in Northern Ireland; Baghdad, Iraq; and Helmand Province, Afghanistan.


  • Brexit (in favour), second referendum
  • Immigration
  • Drones, autonomous weapons, killer robots, surveillance, cyber war
  • Ethics of war, military covenant
  • Religion and politics, church/state relations, Church of England
  • Trust
  • Political philosophy

Media experience

Selected one of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinkers for 2017.
Broadcast interviews (BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera English, Sky News Australia, etc.)
Authored opinion pieces for The Conversation, Daily Telegraph, Standpoint amongst others.