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Tim Reilly

Tim Reilly

Mature post-graduate candidate, researching Sino-Russian relations in both the Arctic and NE Asia. Prior to this enjoyed an initial career in the military followed by specialization in New Business Development (NBD) in emerging markets, mainly in the oil & gas, telecoms, and consultancy industries.



  • BA Hons: Durham University
  • M.Phil: Cambridge University
  • Diplom: Moscow State Institute of International Relations
  • Post-Grad' Diploma: Surrey University
  • PhD Candidate (P/T), Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Biography (prior to returning to academia as mature student)

  • Internationally experienced performer in NBD of Emerging markets, (CIS, & the Arctic region).
  • Specialised in strategic planning, risk management/scenario planning, government affairs, and R&D.
  • Ran NBD operations in: CIS, Eastern Europe, Turkey, ME, U.S. and the Mediterranean.
  • Skill sets: international relations; (O&G industry), negotiation strategy; political risk planning; operational set-ups, and host-country entry/networking. 


Industries employed in prior to undertaking PhD:

  • Oil & Gas: (Exxon, JKX Oil & Gas, Shell)
  • Risk Management: (Kroll, London)
  • Telecoms: (Metromedia Telecommunications Inc. U.S.A)
  • Communications/Advertising: (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • British Army - The Parachute Regiment


Main research interests are Arctic energy, transportation, and infrastructure with emphasis also on strategic aspects of the governance of the Arctic and its international relations. Increasingly the role of Asia in the Arctic and the connectivity between the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the Russian Far East (RFE) and the latter's integration into NE Asia, is a focus of my research.

External activities

  • Expert witness to House of Commons Environmental Committee - Arctic.
  • Expert witness to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic
  • Appointed Research Fellow at Centre for Rising Powers, POLIS
  • Submission of paper to House of Commons Defence Committee
  • Author of the Arctic chapter in British Army's Annual House Journal
  • Co-convenor of Intl' Conference at Centre for Rising Powers at POLIS
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (Polar Regions)
  • Appointed Senior Associate Fellow at Institute for Statecraft (Arctic Issues)
  • Guest Speaker at various external UK and US Think Tanks/forums