Ruth Harris

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Research Group Director, Defense, Security and Infrastructure, RAND Europe
Cambridge Office


M.A. in defence and security, Kings College London; M.Sc. in conflict prevention and development management, The Open University; M.Sc. in logistics management, Lincoln University; M.Sc. in veterinary physiotherapy, Essex University


Ruth Harris directs the Defence, Security and Infrastructure group at RAND Europe. With 23 years in the Armed Forces, much of which working on global security issues, she has an extensive track record in the field of contemporary and future operating environment, strategy and policy, capacity building, concepts and doctrine, capability development and conflict analysis.

She is highly experienced in evaluation and analysis of conflict related geopolitical issues and has work extensively on operational deployments in regions across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  She has worked in NATO HQ and SHAPE and led projects across a wide range of defence and security-related issues in the governmental, inter-governmental and industrial spheres. She was a research fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, Oxford University, holds an M.A. in defence studies (Kings College London), an M.Sc. in conflict studies and an M.Sc. in logistics management.  She also specialises in strategic exercises and scenario development to underpin capability planning and robust decision-making.

Recent Projects

  • Violence Against Healthcare
  • A Changing Climate. Defence response to climate change
  • Enhancing deterrence and defence on NATO’s northern flank Allied perspectives on strategic options for Norway
  • Measuring the Risk of Terrorism
  • Integrated Air and Missile Defence


English; French


  • UK Royal Navy 3 Commando Brigade land in Norway as part of demanding winter exercises, photo by PO Phot Si Ethell/Royal Navy Open Government License

    Standing Together on NATO's North Flank: UK-Norwegian Defence Cooperation

    The UK and Norway share a long and close history, bound by shared experiences as seafaring nations whose political, cultural, and economic development have been shaped in part by their exploitation of the North Sea and North Atlantic. Much could remain to be gained from continuing to deepen and evolve their longstanding partnership to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

    Dec 9, 2020 LUFTLED