Dr Tristram Riley-Smith
External Champion – Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research
Dr Tristram Riley-Smith was appointed in April 2013 as the External Champion to the Partnership. He has recently been appointed to the Role of Research Integrator for the Transnational Organised Crime Theme.
As the External Champion, Tristram works as a high-profile ambassador for the partnership, seeking to enhance opportunities for knowledge exchange by connecting researchers to government, industry and the third sector.
In his role as External Champion, Tristram facilitates an Enhanced Impact Scheme for researchers, holds policy seminars and fellowship schemes and facilitates placements for researchers within government agencies.
In his role as Research Integrator, Tristram enhances the economic and societal impact of the ‘Trans-National Organised Crime’ (TNOC) initiative.
Tristram invites researchers to contact him for support in delivering impact. Comments, ideas or insights about the partnership are also welcome.
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. 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.