I am a Senior Lecturer in Risk and Terror in the Department of War Studies, and a co-Director of the MA in Terrorism, Security and Society at King’s College London. I am a social psychologist by training, specialising in the study of social groups, group interaction, attitude formation and change, and belief systems. Specifically, I am interested in public and expert perceptions of risk and risk communication, and have applied these concepts to several areas including doctor-patient communication, the future of nuclear power in Europe, the study of NGO partnership potential, pharmaceuticals and the psychology of terrorism.
I hold honorary associations with a number of organisations including the Public Health England (PHE) (formerly the HPA) the US based Global Futures Partnership and its Global Futures Forum, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and have membership on a Home Office steering group, the Community Resilience Programme Steering Group for the Cabinet Office (CCS) and the Royal Society Advisory Committee on Scientific Aspects of International Security (SAIS). I have been involved in teaching and training for the Home Office, MOD, Metropolitan Police, Police National CBRN Centre, Redline Aviation and others. I lecture on NATO courses in five countries, and have held advisory positions with a number of government organisations on a national and international level. I also enjoy membership on the editorial board for the journal, Mental Health, Religion and Culture.