Professor Gwyn Prins is a research professor at the London School of Economics and the director of the LSE Mackinder Programme for the Study of Long Wave Events. For over twenty years he was a Fellow, Tutor and the Director of Studies in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was a University Lecturer in Politics.
During the later 1990s he served as Senior Fellow in the Office of the Special Adviser on Central and Eastern European Affairs, Office of the Secretary-General of NATO, Brussels. Simultaneously he was Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and served as the Visiting Senior Fellow in the (former) Defence Evaluation and Research Agency of the UK Ministry of Defence, Farnborough. He was the Consultant on Security at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research of the British Meteorological Office for four years to 2003. He is currently a senior academic adviser to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and is a member of the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategy Advisory Panel
He first published in African and imperial cultural and political history. The Hidden Hippopotamus won the 1980 Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for the best book published on Africa that year. He has also researched and published in epidemiology (eg with A Barnett, AIDS & Security: Fact, Fiction and Evidence (LSEAIDS,2006), in strategy and geopolitics (The Heart of War, Routledge, 2000) and extensively in the politics of the environment (with S Rayner, The Wrong Trousers, LSE/Oxford 2007). He co-ordinates the Hartwell group and was lead author of the Hartwell Paper : a new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009 (LSE 2010) and is co-editor of The Hartwell Reader, (forthcoming 2011). He is also co-author with Ms Johanna Moehring of Another Europe? After the Third No, (Lilliput Press, Dublin, September 2008): a book counter-posing the two logically consistent but irreconcilable roads for Europe’s future.
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