Kent Diplomatic Fellows
Five high profile diplomats and practitioners will have a residency period as Fellows at Kent, linked to ongoing research within SPIR and broader public engagement activities. Each Fellow will be involved in one of the thematic events and also have a week’s residency at Kent as outlined below. The idea is to connect these key stakeholders with an emerging EU political/economic and social agenda, in a way that builds on existing areas of work and ongoing research within the two resident research centres, GEC & CARC. This will focus on how the Diplomatic Fellows at Kent can add value to that research and to the strength and depth of our ongoing impact pathways. Building outwards from existing expertise and impact partnerships and also giving Fellows sense of functionality and challenging agenda. Attached to the CARC or GEC, they will provide (dependent on their duration) the opportunity for a range of engagements with students and the academic body including lectures, seminars and workshop activity. Most crucially they would assist in building and sustaining relationships with practitioners to allow us to enhance our links for research impact.
Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Owen Traylor studied law at Selwyn College Cambridge before beginning a 31-year career in HM Diplomatic Service. His overseas postings were Tokyo, Berlin, Istanbul and finally Tel Aviv, where he served as Deputy Ambassador until his retirement in 2008. Towards the end of his career he focused on the issues of counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation of WMD (CT/CP), and was seconded for a year to GCHQ. He and his wife Erin live in the US, where he has taught International Relations and CT/CP at Earlham College and other schools. In his spare time he writes short fiction and is a novice sailor. His daughter Madeleine is a lawyer in London.