Dr Robert Lambert Co-Director, European Muslim Research Centre, University of Exeter

Robert Lambert is the co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Exeter and a lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews.

As part of an ongoing EMRC research project Robert is currently examining the nature and extent of anti-Muslim or Islamophobic violence against Muslims in the UK. In his new book Countering al-Qaeda in London: Police and Muslims in Partnership (published Hurst: London in September 2011) Robert reflects on his experience as head of the Metropolitan Police Muslim Contact Unit (MCU) from January 2002 to December 2007 and on his subsequent PhD research examining the legitimacy and effectiveness of police and Muslim partnerships in London.

In Competing Counter-Radicalisation Models in the UK a chapter in Rik Coolsaet’s Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge: European and American Experiences (published by Ashgate in September 2011) Robert examines MCU experience in relation to UK Prevent strategy in 2011. In 2008

Robert was awarded an MBE for his counter-terrorism police service in London.