Dr Tristram Riley-Smith

Former Visiting Fellow at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Former Visiting Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Tristram Riley-Smith was a CSaP Visiting Fellow in 2012, researching opportunities to improve the relationship between National Security and Academia (www.csap.cam.ac.uk/links/13/435/). This led to his appointment in 2013 as National Impact Champion for UKRI’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) and Director of Research in Cambridge’s Department of Politics & International Studies; he acted in these roles until his retirement in 2022, continuing as a CSaP Fellow until 2024. He co-authored Global Uncertainties: Collective Conversations from PaCCS (https://online.fliphtml5.com/yatyz/aqkk/).

Tristram is a founding member of the universities network formed to promote academic engagement in solving challenges in national security and resilience (now branded as the Network for Security Excellence and Collaboration or NSEC). This has led to a number of collaborative initiatives involving CSaP, including this 2024 project on the electromagnetic environment (see https://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/news/article-building-resilience/).

His portrait of the USA - The Cracked Bell - was published on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. It is informed by his grounding in Social Anthropology and a 3-year posting to the British Embassy in Washington DC after 9/11. [Tristram previously worked in Government Service, specialising in defence, security, and infrastructure protection.]

Tristram remains closely engaged with Cambridge University activities, not least because he is re-connecting with research interests from over 40 years’ ago, as an anthropologist of art working in South and South-East Asia. One current project could take him back to Thailand, to follow up on his 1984 film The Birth of a Buddha - The Meridian Trust (meridian-trust.org).

He can be contacted via email: tr356@cantab.net.

  • 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 Technology 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?