Professor Karl Roberts

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Terrorism and ConflictTerrorism and Conflict


Professor Karl Roberts is Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Terrorism and Conflict at RUSI. He is a Behavioural Scientist (Forensic Psychologist) specialising in the application of behavioural insights to professional practice and policy development in counter terrorism, health security and policing. During his career Karl has done considerable work exploring risk assessment in terrorism and other violent offending, assessment of health security threats, and investigative skill development.

This work has resulted in the production of several risk assessment, policy, and investigative support tools for policing, government and other agencies, over 100 academic publications, and four authored books. Karl is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Forensic psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and Fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy. He is also a qualified medical statistician, and a trained negotiator (Harvard University).

In addition to his role at RUSI Karl has several adjunct university positions including Adjunct Professor of Policing and Criminal Justice at Western Sydney University Australia, Adjunct Professor of Pacific Policing at the University of the South Pacific Fiji, and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Future of Knowledge at the University of Johannesburg South Africa.

Karl also consults for the World Health Organisation on issues in health security focusing upon preparedness and responses to health security threats, and the weaponization and use of biological agents. He is a member of the United Kingdom government SAGE-B Policing and security subgroup, a member of the advisory board of the Harvard University Injury Control Unit, and co-convenor of the Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association policing and pandemics special interest group.

[BSc (Hons), MSc, MSc, PhD, AFBPS, CPsychol (Forens), FHEA]


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