Dr Tristram Riley-Smith

Research Integrator – Transnational Organised Crime Theme

Dr Riley-Smith oversees the activities of PaCCS, and works to connect researchers and advocate for the dissemination of research findings in the areas of conflict, crime, and security research. From April 2013 to December 2016, Dr. Riley-Smith also served as the External Champion to the Partnership. 

As the External Champion, Tristram worked 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. He facilitated an Enhanced Impact Scheme for researchers, holds policy seminars and fellowship schemes and facilitates placements for researchers within government agencies.

In his current role as Research Integrator, Tristram focuses on enhancing 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. 

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.

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