Dr. Michael Thomas
Dr. Michael Thomas is Senior Fellow for Security Sector Education at the Center for Climate and Security, where he leads the “Climate Change for Security Professionals and Military Practitioners” Course. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Royal Military College (Duntroon) and the Australian Capability and Technology Management College. He served for twenty years as an officer in the Australian Army including stints in signals-intelligence, capability management and military instruction. His doctorate examined how military forces have responded to the threat posed by climate change and he has been active in educating global military leaders for six years through his work with the Australian Defence Force Global Change and Energy Sustainability Initiative, as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence College and as a visiting lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Deakin University. He has completed climate resilience and capacity building studies at the United Nations University Tokyo and, together with his PhD from the University of New South Wales, holds three separate post-graduate degrees in Oceanography, a Masters in International Relations and a Masters of Management (Defense capability and acquisition). He was a co-author on the influential 2015 Australian Climate Council publication Be Prepared that addressed climate security risks in the Australian Defense sector. His forthcoming book will be published by Springer in early 2017 titled The Securitization of Climate Change: Australian and US Military Responses.