About

CLTR is an independent think tank with a mission to transform global resilience to extreme risks. We do this by working with governments and other institutions to improve relevant governance, processes, and decision making. We are based in the heart of Whitehall at Public Hall.

Extreme Risks

Extreme risks are high impact threats with global reach. They have the potential to devastate lives and economies around the world.

While Covid-19 demonstrates the impact that extreme risks can have, we are likely to face greater risks within our lifetimes. Threats from misuse of biotechnology or powerful AI systems would likely be even more destructive, and we are even less well prepared for them.

The UK Government, alongside other organisations, has made substantial progress in building resilience in the wake of Covid-19. But much more needs to be done.

By making relatively small and inexpensive changes, we can reduce the likelihood of extreme events occurring, and transform our ability to respond if they do.

We think of building resilience to extreme risks as an insurance policy — for the UK and the wider world.
 

ARTIFICIAL
INTELLIGENCE

IMPROVING RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH FUNDING

BIOSECURITY AND PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

INCREASING AWARENESS OF EXTREME RISKS

Our Approach

We focus on two areas of risk where effective governance today could substantially mitigate both current and future threats:

 

  • Artificial intelligence (AI), including risks arising from unethical uses of AI, from AI systems behaving in unintended ways in high-stakes domains, and from the broader impacts of AI on the economy and society.

  • Biosecurity, including risks arising from naturally-occurring pandemics, laboratory leaks, bioweapons ​​and ‘dual-use’ research (advances that can be used for harm as well as good).

  • A resilient world is one which has systems in place to anticipate, mitigate and respond to all extreme risks. To help build this resilience, we also focus on Risk Management more broadly — the process of both transforming risk governance, and of identifying, assessing and mitigating all extreme risks.

Our Work

We help governments and other institutions transform resilience to extreme risks by:

 

  • Helping decision-makers and the wider public to understand extreme risks and what can be done about them.

  • Providing expert advice and red-teaming on policy decisions. 

  • Convening cross-sector conversations and workshops related to extreme risks.

  • Developing and advocating for policy recommendations and effective risk management frameworks and systems.

  • Providing an exchange for specialist knowledge, including by facilitating expert placements into government.

Highlights

Our recent work includes:

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about our recent projects, or how we might be able to support your work.