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Robert McAlister - BUDMC Associate Lecturer budmc@bournemouth.ac.uk

In 2002 Robert joined Westminster Local Authorities Community Protection Department having previously served in the British Army. His work as Head of City Coordination delivering projects to counter crime and disorder led to a Police Commissioners Commendation for ‘Making Westminster a Safer City’.


Robert has lectured at the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, on the Protection of National Infrastructure and Protective Security and Surveillance.


His expertise were utilised during preparations for the 2012 Olympics Games where he was the lead officer for developing and managing the local authorities’ command, control and communication (C3) Plan. This included implementing their test and exercise program.

In 2014, against an increased UK security threat, he assumed additional responsibilities including Counter Terrorism (Prevent and Prepare), Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation and the introduction of a joint agency Gangs Unit.


During this period, Robert was also a deployable crisis expert within the UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat and completed EU Civil Protection training in Italy and Germany alongside international exercises in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.




Robert’s portfolio of work includes specialist advise and training in Crisis Management, Hostile Environment Awareness and the training and development of Rapid Deployment Teams in support of UK government. These teams have since successfully deployed to crisis zones in Libya, Gaza, Syria and Tunisia.


He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for Crisis Response Journal specialising in current international crisis and disaster management topics. He has published articles on Austerity Measures and Crisis Response, Sierra Leone Flood and Ebola Response and Working in Hostile Environments.


Robert is a CIPD Qualified Trainer and Associate Member.