my books


2018 books



Published 2017



There is a recent methods book entitled Place-based methods for researching schools (Bloomsbury, 2017) and  single authored monograph on Pierre Bourdieu and educational leadership ( Routledge 2017).



There is a companion to this book called Inspiring school change. Transforming education through the creative arts.  There’s also a book on literacy where I’m a co -author.



The most recent writing book is Detox your writing: Strategies for doctoral researchers (2016, Routledge).



I have written over 170 chapters and refereed journal articles since 2000, and you can see a relatively up to date list on my university webpage and on google scholar citations

Some of my papers are available on my pages on researchgate and

Published books

BAROUTSIS, A, RIDDLE, S and THOMSON, P Eds 2018 Education Research and the Media: Challenges and Possibilities Routledge

SNEPVANGERS K THOMSON, P and HARRIS, A Eds. 2018 Creative policy, partnership and practice in education. Palgrave Macmillan

PENNACCHIA, JODIE, MILLS, MARTIN, MCGREGOR, GLENDA and THOMSON, PAT, eds., 2018. Alternative Educational Programmes, Schools, and Social Justice London: Routledge

HALL, C and THOMSON, P  2017 Inspiring school change: Transforming education through the creative arts. London: Routledge

HAYES, D, HATTAM, R, COMBER, B, KERKHAM, L, LUPTON, R and THOMSON, P 2017 Literacy leading and leaning. Beyond pedagogies of poverty. London: Routledge

LUPTON, D, MEWBURN I and THOMSON, P Eds  2017 The digital academic. Critical perspectives on digital technologies in higher education Routledge

THOMSON, P 2017 Educational Leadership and Pierre Bourdieu. London: Routledge

THOMSON, P and HALL, C 2017 Place based methods for researching schools. London:Bloomsbury

THOMSON, P and KAMLER, P 2016 Detox your writing. strategies for doctoral researchers. London:Routledge.

KAMLER, B and THOMSON, P 2014 Helping doctoral students write; Pedagogies for supervision. London: Routledge. Second edition

THOMSON, P and KAMLER, B 2013 Writing for peer reviewed journals. Strategies for getting published. London: Routledge

David Fulton Creative Learning series. 2011 (Eds) series Editors Pat Thomson, Julian Sefton Green and Naranee Ruthra Rajan: Five books for teachers.

SEFTON GREEN, J, THOMSON, P, BRESLER, L, eds., 2011. The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. London: Routledge.

WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P LINGARD, Eds. 2011. Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference, Routledge.

THOMSON, P and SEFTON GREEN J Eds 2010 Researching creative learning. Methods and issues London: Routledge

WALKER, M and THOMSON P 2010 Eds. The Routledge doctoral supervisor’s companion: Supporting effective research in education and the social sciences. London: Routledge

THOMSON, P and WALKER, M 2010. Eds The Routledge doctoral students’ companion: getting to grips with research in education and the social sciences. London: Routledge

THOMSON, P.2009 School leadership – heads on the block? London: Routledge. (Highly commended British Education Studies book prize, 2011)

THOMSON, P, Ed., 2008. Doing visual research with children and young people. London: Routledge.

THOMSON, P., 2007. Whole school change: a review of the literature. London: Arts Council England. Second edition 2010 (Open Access)

KAMLER, B. and THOMSON, P., 2006. Helping doctoral students write: pedagogies for supervision. Routledge.

REID, A., THOMSON, P.L., Eds., 2003. Rethinking public education: towards a public curriculum. Brisbane: Post Pressed.

THOMSON, P., 2002. Schooling the rustbelt kids: making the difference in changing times. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Ltd. Sydney: Allen and Unwin

THOMSON, P and WELLARD, S 1999 Getting a grip: postcritical approaches to research. Geelong: Deakin University Press

In press

 THOMSON, P 2020 Reclaiming education for the public good. Policy Press

Forthcoming books under contract

BLACKMORE, J, GUNTER, H and THOMSON, P 2020 Critical approaches to research in educational leadership, management and administration. Routledge

EARL, L and THOMSON, P (2020) Why garden in schools? Routledge.

8 Responses to my books

  1. Ahmad Salih says:

    Hello Pat,

    When will the second edition of “Helping doctoral students write: Pedagogies for supervision” be published?


  2. Elaine says:

    Hi Pat, when will the book for doctoral students be available? I absolutely love “writing for peer reviewed journals” and would definitely be interested in something along those lines aimed at thesis writing- will the forthcoming book cover that?

    Many thanks


  3. Heather McClue says:

    Waiting anxiously for the new book Pat. Just to say a huge thanks also for ‘Patter’. I find your blogs motivational and they are helpful in clarifying the writing process for me as a new EdD student (1st year – it’s been quite hard). Keep writing. Huge thanks

    Heather McClue

    Liked by 1 person

  4. neil henderson says:

    Hi Pat,
    I am post-graduate co-ordinator for social work in South Africa and am trying to get hold of your recent publications from Routledge in SA but there are delays here. Is there another way of getting hold of the book on doctoral theses and writing journal articles…


  5. Ahmad Salih says:

    Thanks, Pat. I appreciate the prompt response.


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