Dr Tristram Riley-Smith

External Champion at PaCCS

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.

  • In news articles

    Countering Cybercrime in the 21st Century

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

  • In news articles

    Transnational organised crime: Deepening and broadening our understanding

    As part of its contribution to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), the ESRC would like to commission up to four research grants that will deepen and broaden our understanding of the complex issues related to Transnational Organised Crime (TNOC) and its interrelation with other licit and illicit activities.