Tom Dickins is professor of behavioural science and deputy head of the department of psychology at Middlesex University. His background is in psychological sciences (BSc; CNAA), philosophy of science (MSc; London), evolutionary psychology (PhD; Sheffield); and, ecological survey techniques (PG Cert.; Oxon). His research interests fall into behavioural ecology and theoretical concerns within evolutionary biology.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Tom teaches across the departments of psychology and natural sciences, predominantly focusing upon psychobiology and behavioural ecology. He also runs a two week residential field trip on Lundy island. For more details about this please visit Tom's website at this link and have a look at the Lundy pages.
Research Outputs & Interests
(1) Life on the Edge: A long term study of Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) - this project is run on Lundy and also at Lowestoft with Tom's PhD student, Kirsty Neller.
(2) The foundations of evolutionary theory - this project is run in collaboration with colleagues at the London School of Economics where Tom is a research associate in the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science.
(3) Littering behaviours - this project looks at the behaviours associated with littering and has emerged from a previous EU funded project on flytipping. Much of the current work is spearheaded by Tom's PhD student, Claire Gellard, and her other supervisor, Mark Coulson.
Dickins, Thomas E. (2020) Conflation and refutation: Book review of T. Uller and K. N. Laland. eds. 2019. Evolutionary causation: biological and philosophical Reflections. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. pp. ISBN: 978‐0‐262‐03992‐5. $60.00/£50.00. Evolution , 74 (2). pp. 508-514. ISSN 1558-5646 (Published online first)
Gellard, Claire and Dickins, Thomas E. and Coulson, Mark (2019) The ecology of cooperation: considerations for litter research. Journal of Litter and Environmental Quality , 3 (1). pp. 38-50. ISSN 2399-780X
Dickins, Thomas E. (2018) Pragmatic considerations and social benefits: an analysis of engagement with a fly-tipping reduction project. Journal of Litter and Environmental Quality , 2 (1). pp. 37-47. ISSN 2399-780X
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
€534,642 EU LIFE+ Environmental Policy and Governance Funding Stream Coordinating Beneficiary: London Community Resource Network Associated Beneficiaries: Groundwork London and Middlesex University (Tom Dickins)
Project: REPURPOSE - equipping community groups in estates to reuse more, clear fly tipping and improve their local environment.