Toby Fenton

Toby Fenton is Product Manager at Trilateral Research.

He engages with defence and security practitioners, decision-makers and stakeholders to understand their user needs and requirements. To this end, he works to harness insights from user research, social science research, data science, and technology innovation to support co-design and agile product development processes.


His work currently focuses on Project HAMOC, which is developing a co-designed data-driven software application for human security analysis to support decision-making in military planning, stabilisation, and humanitarian activities. This effort directly supports the wider development of STRIAD—Trilateral’s cloud-based platform for data-driven decision support—through leveraging socio-technical projects on human security, crisis planning, risk assessment, and decision-making. Prior to this, he worked on Project Solebay, which developed a proof-of-concept risk assessment to support the UK military’s response to modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT).

Research Background

Toby’s background lies in research and consultancy within the defence and security sector, having worked on projects including: mapping cognitive biases in the intelligence analysis cycle; analysing defence and security procurement trends; developing a B2B information service for commercial defence and security customers; defence technology horizon scanning; amongst others.

He has a keen interest in international relations and international security, including humanitarian intervention, conflict analysis, terrorism and insurgency, intelligence, military affairs, risk-based decision-making, and strategic communication.

Toby holds an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London and a BSc in International Relations from the University of Plymouth. His MA dissertation was a comparative analysis of Russia’s attitude towards intervention in Libya and Syria during 2011-2015.

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