Dr Tristram Riley-Smith

External Champion at PaCCS

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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 is Associate Fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy. He served as National Impact Champion for UKRI’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) from 2013-22, while also holding the position of Director of Research in the Department of Politics & International Studies at Cambridge. Tristram previously worked for more than 25 years in UK Government Service, specialising in defence, security, and infrastructure protection. He founded SeeQuestor (www.seequestor.com) in 2014, acting as this tech start-up’s Chairman until 2022. He is the co-author of “Global Uncertainties: Collective Conversations from PaCCS”, published earlier this year (https://online.fliphtml5.com/yatyz/aqkk/).

Before working in 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 drew 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.

  • 24 April 2024, 5:30pm

    2024 CSaP Annual Cleevely Lecture: Dr Dave Smith, National Technology Adviser

    The Government, science policy, and products - from concept to consumer: After six months as the first full time National Techology Adviser, Dave Smith will reflect on how UK government investment in the science base supports our private sector and how the Science and Technology Framework guides government innovation policy today.

  • 7 July 2022, 5:30pm

    The Inaugural Reynolds Lecture - 7 July 2022

    This inaugural Reynolds Lecture will be delivered by Dr Robert Macfarlane and will explore the landscapes, lawscapes, complexities, histories and futures of this new-old idea that the natural world is far more alive than we allow.

  • In news articles

    Building resilience in the UK’s electromagnetic environment

    The Resilience and Security Institute at Cranfield University teamed up with CSaP to host a roundtable on Building Resilience in the UK’s electromagnetic environment (EME). The goal of the roundtable was to encourage the exchange of knowledge, insights and ideas among the participants coming from problem owners, policy makers, industry representatives, and researchers.

  • In news articles

    Countering Cybercrime in the 21st Century

    How is cybercrime affecting our world and what can be done to counter it?