Dr Tristram Riley-Smith

Associate Fellow at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

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External Champion to the RCUK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS)
Associate Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Tristram Riley-Smith, who spent 2012 at CSaP as a Visiting Fellow, was appointed in April 2013 as the External Champion to the Research Councils UK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS: formerly known as the Global Uncertainties Programme). CSaP shares Tristram with the University of Cambridge Department of Politics and International Studies, where he has been appointed as a Director of Research.

PaCCS' Research has over 1200 projects in its portfolio and includes over 30 research institutions across the UK and overseas. The partnership covers areas as varied as terrorism, threats to infrastructure, ideologies and beliefs and the proliferation of weapons and technologies. Conflict, cyber-security and transnational organised crime are the subject of particular focus for the partnership over the coming years.

As the External Champion, Tristram works as a high-profile ambassador for the partnership, seeking to enhance opportunities for impact and knowledge exchange by connecting researchers to policy makers, government, industry and civil society.

In his first year in the role, Tristram has conducted a review of portfolio projects, run two national security fellowship schemes, held a policy seminar focussed on identity management and established an enhanced impact scheme. He has also facilitated placements for researchers within government agencies and continues to conduct clinics for researchers within the partnership network.

Tristram welcomes comments, ideas or insights that you would like to share about PCCS Research, especially from those that have benefited from partnership funding.

For a brief introduction to his work as External Champion, view the interview Tristram gave to the Emergency Planning College.

Before commencing his role as External Champion, Tristram spent over 25 years working as a specialist in defence, security and infrastructure protection in Whitehall. He was posted as a Counsellor to the British Embassy in Washington DC in 2002 and in recent years has established and run a Centre for Science, Knowledge & Innovation.

Before Whitehall, Tristram studied Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College). He conducted doctoral research in the Kathmandu Valley, working among the Newari artists who create images of Buddhist and Hindu gods, and post-doctoral research in Thailand. He has recently drawn on this training as a social scientist in writing his portrait of the USA in the opening decade of the 21st Century, The Cracked Bell: America and the Afflictions of Liberty, which was published in 2010.

Tristram can be contacted via email at tr356@cam.ac.uk.

  • Projects

    External Champion, RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme

    The RCUK Global Uncertainties programme is examining the causes of insecurity and how security risks and threats can be predicted, prevented and managed. The role of the External Champion is to support and enhance the delivery of impact from GU research.

  • 29 June 2017

    2017 CSaP Annual Conference: How does academia contribute to the work of government?

    Our 2017 annual conference will bring together members of our extensive network to discuss some of the opportunities for policy makers at both local and national levels to draw on academic expertise in support of more effective policy making.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

  • In news articles

    Art and Memory: Conflict and Conflict resolution

    The role which art plays in conflict and conflict resolution was the topic of this panel chaired by Dr Tristram Riley-Smith.

  • In news articles

    Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research

    Following a review after its first five years of operation, RCUK’s Global Uncertainties Programme has become the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and undergone some important changes.