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Gwythian Prins

Gwythian Prins

speaker location icon Gloucestershire, UK

Leading thinker on strategy and decision making

Member of the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategy Advisory Panel and of the Royal Marines Advisory Group

Advisor to several governments on issues of energy and climate policy

“Professor Prins has had a direct and formative impact on the thinking of many Officers who have subsequently made very big and significant operational and policy decisions, bearing directly on the safety and security of the United Kingdom and the Western Alliance”, Major General Howes.

Professor Gwythian Prins is a leading expert in military strategy and decision making. Over his career, Gwythian has developed a toolkit for thinking designed to help leaders make better decisions. He has worked with leading decision makers around the globe from business leaders all the way up to heads of state, helping them to improve their decision making by educating them on the complex psychological processes underpinning theses decisions.

After over twenty years as director of Studies in History, Emanual college Cambridge, Gwythian Prins went on to join LSE in 2000 as Professorial Research Fellow and revived geopolitical research at LSE as founding director of the Mackinder centre. Currently a member of the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategy Advisory Panel and of the Royal Marines Advisory Group, Gwythian has previously held public service roles at NATO, the UK Ministry of Defence and as advisor to several governments on issues of energy and climate policy.

His current work rotates around the many framings of security. Gwythian Prins has published widely and simultaneously in all the fields of his interests, which include books and papers in ‘development’ studies; strategic, geopolitical and war studies; assessment methodologies for ‘wicked’ problems and in conditions of great uncertainty; politics and political philosophy; climate and energy policy studies. His essay on The British Way of Strategy-Making in 2011 was the first HRI Occasional Paper to be published.


Our Comment

"Professor Prins has a brilliant and original mind, which sees the world and the issues that confront it in ways that others just do not. He has a track record of successful prediction of major trends and events and of helping decision-makers to think more clearly and safely. "

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