Senior Researcher, Ridgeway Information

Peter is a senior researcher at Ridgeway Information, a London-based research consultancy, where he focuses on nonproliferation issues in the Middle East. Before moving to London in 2016, Peter spent 11 years as an officer in the Australian Navy, during which he completed a series of sea postings on a variety of vessels, qualifying as a maritime warfare officer in 2009 before going on to specialise as a hydrographic surveyor in 2010. Highlights of his naval career include leading a survey mission to Antarctica; a secondment with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as the deputy operations manager for the search for Malaysian aircraft MH370; and deploying to the Middle East as the personal aide to Australia’s regional commander. Peter holds an MA in strategy and security from the University of New South Wales and an MA in geopolitics from King’s College London, where he is currently undertaking a part time PhD. His doctoral research is focused on the use of narrative theory in political geography.

I am most excited to work on projects that… involve people from diverse backgrounds, with diverse perspectives—people who make my world bigger.

I am looking for partners that can help me… understanding the influence of storytelling and how it helps people care about issues, care about the world, and about how to transform that caring into action.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when solving problems in the company of invigorating people who share a sense of common purpose.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are those that borrow ideas and approaches from other disciplines and help translate complex and technical material into something more accessible.