Coordinated by Lancaster University, CREST represents a unique partnership of three core and 18 associated universities along with the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), who administer funding on behalf of the UK security and intelligence agencies.

Core partners

Each of the core partners takes primary responsibility for one of the five programmes of activity.


Lancaster has a long tradition of delivering world-renowned research into security. This excellence is consolidated in Security Lancaster, a centre that involves over 70 academic staff and PhD students collaborating on innovative research while delivering significant outreach and impact. Lancaster’s interdisciplinary social science research on security includes its behavioural science work with the UK Government and its status as an EPSRC-GCHQ Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security.

University of Bath

The mission of the University of Bath is to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating its students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through its research, enterprise and influence. In the ‘QS top 50 universities under 50’ table for 2015 the University was ranked 7th in the world. The University of Bath has a long history of research on security threats, with wide ranging expertise on technology, public policy and behavioural and management science.

The University of Portsmouth has a long-standing and significant track record in security research and in the co-development of evidence-based interventions. Its International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology carries out world-leading research into security issues such as detecting deception, investigative interviewing and managing risk.

Associate partners

CREST’s associated partners have all received funding from CREST to carry out specific projects, which can be read about on our project pages.

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