CREST Roundup: December 2017

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This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in December. You can stay up-to-date with all our work by signing up to the CREST Newsletter, and have CREST news and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

A message from Paul Taylor, CREST’s director

This past year has seen the idea of an independent, national hub for behavioural and social science on security threats grow from an initial proposition to an active and influential centre.

Our early synthesis work has delivered evidence-based direction on key issues while our original research has matured, with new contributions coming from programmes, commissioned projects, and PhD students (let’s hope Santa turns all those ’submitted’ papers into ‘accepted’ papers!).

We have collectively generated a significant catalogue of generalist guides and specialist reports (see the new catalogue), and the circulation of CREST Security Review is over 1,000 people, reaching as far as New Zealand. We’ve run at least one event per fortnight and I hope you’ve managed to enjoy engaging with participants from across the world.

Behind all of this, of course, is you: the CREST community. I hear on a daily basis about new collaborations, new findings, and new impact, which is ultimately what CREST seeks to foster. I hope that you’re enjoying being part of our community and I thank you so much for your efforts. They have made 2017 a wonderful success.

All my best wishes to you for the winter break.

Read the Director’s Report here.


New resources

Influence and interference from Russian Twitter accounts following UK terrorist attacks.

The level of influence and interference by Russian-linked social media, including Russian Twitter accounts, trying to engineer social division in the UK is considerably more extensive than has been reported to date.

This CREST report identifies the systematic use of fake social media accounts, linked to Russia, amplifying the public impacts of four terrorist attacks that took place in the UK in 2017.

The report was written by researchers at the Cardiff University Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI). It was funded by CREST as part of our ‘Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing’ project, led by Professor Martin Innes, who directs the CSRI. You can read more about the project here.

Download the report here.

A series of CREST reports tackle the implications of the demise of the Islamic State’s territorial ambitions in Syria and Iraq.

CREST has led a series of ‘After Islamic State’ workshops to address the potential implications of the demise of Islamic States’s territory in Syria and Iraq. Convened by CREST Researcher, Dr Cerwyn Moore, these workshops brought together scholars and practitioners from around the globe.

This month we have launched the final third and fourth report in the series, based on those workshops. You can read/download/share all the reports here.

Professor Paul Taylor, director of CREST, has published a report on CREST’s key achievements.

The Director’s Report discusses the visible impact of CREST’s work, such as the various outputs (see our resources page) from programmes, commissioned projects and PhD students.

Director of CREST, Professor Paul Taylor, states ‘Building on the momentum of initial excitement, and determining how social science can best meet the needs of our stakeholders, has at times been challenging. But we have overcome these challenges thanks to the relentless hard work of the centre staff and CREST community. This is a community from which we can expect much more in the coming years.

Download the Director’s Report here.

CREST has published a catalogue listing all of our resources. Divided into thematic categories it includes all our guides, reports and open-access journal articles.

We’ve produced a lot of CREST outputs since we launched and we’re always working on ways to make them easier to find. The new catalogue helps by making it easier to find guides, reports and journals that relate to the same topic.

The catalogue indexes CREST’s outputs under three different themes:

  • Understanding Who & Why.
  • Better Intelligence Gathering & Decisions.
  • Protecting Ourselves.

You can download the catalogue here.

Press and publications


Out and about

Dr Christopher McDowellDr Gemma Collantes-Celador and Ms Valentina Aronica presented at the workshop “Terrorism and Asylum” organised by the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London on 8 December 2017.

The presentation, entitled The Forced Displacement and Migration Cycle – the Missing Link in the Ongoing Securitisation of Refugee and Asylum Populations?, covered preliminary findings from their current research into the relationship between Displacement, Refugees, Asylum and Security.

Kristoffer Geyer competed in a BBC, Barclays and Nokia hosted hackathon. The event involved designing, developing and present a technological solution that met a number of criteria. He produced a mobile application that through monitoring real world behavior would detect severely negative moods and facilitated reaching out to trusted friends. He has been invited to continue on his development with the support of Barclays.

CREST on film

CREST YouTube Channel
Watch CREST researchers talk about their topic of study

Last year we uploaded several videos of our researchers, talking about their studies, to our YouTube channel. These videos are another way to the share our fantastic CREST-funded research on security threats.

A year on and we catch up with familiar faces on their latest findings and where their research is headed, as well as introduce some of our new commissioned research. You can watch all the videos here.

Jasjit Singh
In 2015 Indian media reports raised concerns about Sikh radicalisation in the UK. In his CREST-funded research Dr Jasjit Singh has investigated Sikh activism in the UK. Watch him talk about his findings here.
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