St Andrews academic exposed as former police spy

A former Special Branch officer now associated with St Andrews University has been named as a police spy who previously infiltrated political activist groups.

Dr Robert Lambert, who since 2008 has taught, lectured and supervised dissertations on the e-learning MLitt terrorism studies course at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at St Andrews, and is co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, had just spoken at an anti-racist conference in London when he was publicly challenged as a former police spy responsible for allegedly infiltrating environmental and social justice campaigns.


He was challenged by members of London Greenpeace who called on him to apologise for the undercover police infiltration of London Greenpeace, Reclaim The Streets and other campaign groups - an operation they claim he took part in or supervised over two decades.

A spokesman for Greenpeace claimed that Dr Lambert used the alias Bob Robinson during his career as a Special Branch officer until his retirement as a detective inspector in 2007, and worked as a specialist counter-terrorist/counter-extremist intelligence officer from 1980 - which involved dealing with all forms of violent political threats to the UK, from Irish republican to the many strands of International terrorism.

Officials of St Andrews University declined to comment.