Thomas obtained a BSc in Geography at the University of Bristol in 2012. Under the ESRC 1+3 studentship award at the University of Bristol, he then completed a MSc in Human Geography in 2013 and a PhD in 2018 entitled “An Ethology of Technics: Concepts and Experiments with Technological Affects”. He taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Bristol between 2013 and 2017. He was a tutor in human geography in the Department of Geography at Swansea University between February and June 2018 before joining UNSW Canberra in July 2018.
Thomas’ research intersects cultural geography and process philosophies and engages with problems involving human-technology relationships. He has expertise in the philosophy of technology, 'new' technological interfaces with the body, smart urbanism and affect theory.
His research investigates a number of societal matters of concern: from artificial intelligence and smart cities, to the ethical implications of human behaviour and post-humanist theory, to inhuman vitalism and technological life.
Thomas is a member of The Difference Laboratory – an interdisciplinary network of researchers from UNSW Canberra, the Australian National University and University of Bristol. He serves on UNSW Canberra's Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) and a mentor based within the Women in STEM mentoring program, both of which combat inequalities associated with University career opportunities. Thomas is a member of the Institute of Australian Geographers Cultural and Urban Geography Research Group. His work has been published in the journals Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Cultural Geographies.