He is working on TransSOL(Transnational solidarity at times of crisis), a European Union Horizon 2020 project which investigates the relations of solidarity amongst citizens, civil society organisations and the public sphere across eight European countries in the context of the global economic crisis, with a particular focus upon the unemployed, migrants, refugees and the disabled. 

Tom holds an MA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in Political Research from the University of Strathclyde and he is currently completing his PhD, which examines the role of social innovation in addressing youth employment issues in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. The focus of his research is on the impact of the political context on socially innovative organisations and young people’s labour market experiences. Tom has previously worked with public, private and third sector stakeholders across a number of public policy initiatives focused upon education, employability and health.