Robert Lambert is a well-known academic and operational counter-terrorism expert. His research interests are community-based approaches to counter-terrorism and Islamophobia.
He has had long involvement in pioneering counter-terrorism community engagement projects and has received accolades for his various works in support of Muslim community groups facing Islamophobic attacks. In 2008, he was awarded an MBE for his police service.
Dr Lambert received his BA in Inter-disciplinary European Cultural History in 2002 from the Open University, his MA from Birkbeck College in 2004, and a PhD in Politics from the University of Exeter in 2010. He is a lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews and Co-director of The European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Exeter. He was previously head of the Muslim Contact Unit (MCU) at the Metropolitan Police.
Dr Lambert is the author of Countering al-Qaeda in London: Police and Muslims in Partnership (Hurst, September 2011) and has contributed chapters to several books including Competing Counter-Radicalisation Models in the UK in Rik Coolsaet, ed., Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge: European and American Experiences (Ashgate, 2011). He has also authored numerous articles and reports.