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Dr Rob Downes

Biographical details

Dr Robert J Downes is a Research Associate at the Policy Institute at King’s, with broad interests in defence, security, and nuclear issues. 

Alongside research as a MacArthur Foundation-funded Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies, he lectured extensively on unconventional terrorism and other contemporary issues in science and security in the Department of War Studies from 2015-2018. During this time, Rob supported the delivery of executive education and human capacity building in nuclear security throughout South and South East Asia and the MENA region under the auspices of the United States' State Department, the United Kingdom's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

By training, Rob is a mathematician: he holds a PhD in mathematics from University College London. Prior to his position at King's College London, he has worked at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London, the United Kingdom's former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the United Kingdom's Government Office for Science, and the House of Lords.

Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Donald Trump, Russia and money: what we learned from this year’s NATO Summit (The Conversation)

Rob Downes (Contributor) & Armida Louise Marina van Rij (Contributor)

12 Jul 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Responding to Skripal: the benefits of a public inquiry

Rob Downes (Contributor)

23 Apr 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Safeguarding Britain’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations After Brexit (RUSI)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

5 Feb 2018

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

What is Euratom and why has it emerged as a Brexit battleground? (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

24 Jul 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Nuclear terrorism: there is no spoon (Defence-in-Depth)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

26 May 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Trident missile failure: just how safe is the UK’s nuclear deterrent? (The Conversation)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

27 Jan 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Nuclear Weapons: How Safe are We? (News Hour Extra)

Rob Downes (Participant)

27 Jan 2017

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Why Did Russia Boycott the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit? (PISM)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

15 Apr 2016

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Explainer: What is a dirty bomb and how dangerous is it? (The Conversation)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

6 Apr 2016

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Security breaches uncovered at European bases storing US nuclear warheads

Rob Downes (Interviewee)

4 Apr 2016

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Obama Speaks On Nuclear Terrorism Risk; Dozens Of Leaders Meet For Nuclear Security Summit

Rob Downes (Interviewee)

1 Apr 2016

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Is Belgium’s nuclear security up to scratch? (The Conversation)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

30 Mar 2016

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Science Mixtape (Soho Radio)

Rob Downes (Participant)

7 Mar 2016

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Explainer: what is a hydrogen bomb? (And why it may not be what North Korea exploded) (The Conversation)

Rob Downes (Contributor)

6 Jan 2016

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Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Defense of the Realm: Deterrence

Rob Downes (Speaker)

13 Jun 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

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