Paul Thomas is Professor of Youth and Policy at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Paul´s research focusses on how multiculturalist policies such as Community Cohesion and Prevent, have been understood, mediated and implemented by local policy-makers and practitioners. Paul´s research has been developed in close collaboration with local authorities and their key, ground-level staff such as Youth Workers. It has led to the books Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion (Palgrave Macmillan,2011) and Responding to the Threat of Violent Extremism -Failing to Prevent (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) and to Paul giving oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry in to Prevent in 2009. His current research looks at feelings and attitudes within marginalised white communities in the north of England and how policy attempts to respond. Paul is a qualified youth worker, has previously been involved in anti-racist educational work with both young people and football fans and has also worked on youth issues for the government´s Commission for Racial Equality.