Charlie is the XCEPT Research Fund and Uptake Director. The Research Fund is XCEPT’s flexible commissioning platform that provides opportunities for individual researchers and research organisations to conduct innovative research on how conflicts connect across borders, and how to improve responses to conflict. The Fund commissions research from both international and local research partners. Charlie is based at Chemonics UK.
Before joining XCEPT, Charlie was a Research Fellow on serious and organised crime at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. In early 2020 he was seconded to the National Crime Agency (NCA) to write the UK’s National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2020. While at RUSI, Charlie supported EU Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) programmes on the cocaine and heroin routes, conducted research into the UK’s response to serious and organised crime and mapped the security dimensions of illegal fishing, among other projects. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an MA (Distinction) in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London.