CREST Round-up: August 2020

This is a round-up of what CREST has been up to in August 2020. Stay up to date with all our work by signing up to the CREST newsletter.

Community Reporting of Terrorist Involvement During Covid-19

Encouraging community members to share information about someone they’re close to becoming involved in terrorism remains a key challenge of counter terrorism. But how much harder is this challenge in light of Coronavirus?


Criminal Decision-Making

Criminal Decision-Making

How do criminals manage their own security and how do they make risk judgements surrounding the commissioning of a crime?


Terrorist Decision-Making

terrorist decision-making

This guide focuses on the insights criminology can provide into terrorist decision-making. It looks at what terrorists do and how they do it.


A Sea Change For Intelligence Analysis?

TIDE (Team Information Decision Engine) is a new software tool which could increase efficiency for intelligence analysts.


Cybersecurity Risks of Digital Hoarding Behaviours

hoarding digital data

An exploration of the psychological characteristics of individuals who engage in digital hoarding, and the risks these behaviours can pose to organisations.




2nd Strategic Research Fund Call for Proposals

The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, as part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Securing Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) programme, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2nd Strategic Research Fund (SRF) Call for Proposals.

The Centre is making funds available of up to £4.5m to eligible UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to support a maximum of 20 new collaborative research projects (18 months max. duration). The closing date for Intentions to Bid is 9th September 2020, 9am (BST).

NEW: Attend one of three webinars for an opportunity to connect with academic experts across the UK intending to bid to the 2nd Strategic Research Fund.

Behavioural Analysis Week

5th – 8th October 2020

Join us for live online presentations exploring how hostile or criminal intent can be identified through the observation of behavioural indicators and the use of tactical risk analysis and non-racial profiling techniques.

Recordings of the sessions will also be made available to view after the event.

British Psychological Society

Early Career Conference Bursary Scheme

October 2020

Conference bursaries are available to support UK early career psychologists to attend any academic conference, either in the UK or internationally, relevant to the applicant’s work. Each bursary consists of up to £250 (UK) or £500 (international) to contribute towards the costs of registration and travel to attend the full conference.

Further details, including the full criteria and a link to the application form, can be obtained from



Call for events and activities
SPRITE+ is supporting its Members and Expert Fellows who wish to lead events or activities that explore aspects of TIPS in the Digital Economy. They are offering logistical support and will make available up to £5,000 of funding per activity to cover associated costs. Click here for more information.

Rising Stars series
SPRITE+ invites ECRs to share their research with the TIPS community as part of its Rising Stars series. They will publish a different Rising Star each month in their newsletter and make the content available on different public platforms. This is a fantastic opportunity for ECRs to showcase their research to a range of audiences from senior academics to stakeholder groups.




M. D. Francis & K. Knott (eds), Minority Religions and Uncertainty. New York and London: Routledge, 2020. ISBN 9781472484512

Journal articles

Paul Thomas, Michele Grossman, Kris Christmann and Shamim Miah, 2020. Community reporting on violent extremism by ‘intimates’: emergent findings from international evidence. Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Jordan Nunan, Ian Stanier, Rebecca Milne, Andrea Shawyer and Dave Walsh, 2020. Source Handler telephone interactions with covert human intelligence sources: An exploration of question types and intelligence yield. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Aikaterini Grimania, Anna Gavinea and Wendy Moncur, 2020. An evidence synthesis of strategies, enablers and barriers for keeping secrets online regarding the procurement and supply of illicit drugs. International Journal of Drug Policy.

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