CREST Roundup: December 2018

CREST roundup dec 2018

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in December 2018. 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.

New resource: Journal articles and books

CREST-funded journal articles, book chapters and books have now been added to the website.

CREST has long maintained access to all of our reports, guides, policy briefs, posters and other resources on our website. To this we have now created a new category in our resources page, ‘Articles and Books’, which includes all the journal articles, books, and book chapters to come out of CREST’s work.

Journal articles funded by CREST are available as open access and you’ll find abstracts of the article, book, or book chapter, along with author details and links to download the publication.

We have split the publications under the three themes (Understanding Who & WhyBetter Intelligence Gathering & Decisions and Protecting Ourselves,) to make it easier to access the topics you find of interest.

View the publications by clicking on a theme above or find them all here.

A new home for CREST Security Review

CREST is excited to announce that CREST Security Review has a new website and a mobile app to further broaden the way people can engage with its content.

The free app, available on both IOS and Android platforms provides a number of features:

  • Intuitive navigation – making it easy to browse issues and articles of interest.
  • Offline access –  read articles or whole issues by bookmarking them to read later.
  • Search and discover – navigate easily to the topics that interest you most as well as be alerted when new items are added.
  • Favourite articles – our synced bookmark feature allows you to conveniently store all your favourite CSR articles in one place, for you to access later via any of your devices.
  • Responsive design – you can read CSR on your mobile, iPad, Android tablet or desktop, meaning you no longer must download the pdf (although that option is still available).
  • New issue alerts – opt in for notifications and you’ll be the first to know when the latest issue arrives.

Alongside the mobile application, a new website at gives CSR its own home, making it easier to access, read and share articles. Favourites and bookmarks are synced with the application.

Download now:

Find the free mobile app on your app stores, or via this link at:

Access the new website direct at, and keep an eye out for our next issue, coming soon.

Success stories

Defended thesis
Huge congratulations to Feni Kontogianni who has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled “Eliciting information from cooperative sources about single & repeated multi-actor events” and has passed with minor corrections.


Joel Busher, Donald Holbrook & Graham Macklin (2018): The internal brakes on violent escalation: a typology, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2018.1551918


Out and about
Jasjit Singh was on BBC Radio 4 ‘Beyond Belief’ participating in a programme on ‘The Far Right and Christianity’ on Monday 3rd Dec:

Jasjit was also invited to participate in a MOPAC consultation on Nov 27th, as part of this:

Opportunities and events

Behavioural Analysis 2019

21-23 May 2019, Mall of America, Minneapolis, USA

Following the success of Behavioural Analysis 2018, which brought together 150 participants from 30 countries, Behavioural Analysis are excited to announce the 2019 conference.

Behavioural Analysis 2019 will offer valuable, practical insight into behavioural analysis techniques used to identify individuals with negative intent at large-scale sports and entertainment venues, transportation hubs, governmental institutions, and tourist attractions.

Use the code CREST15 to receive a 15% discount on the prevailing delegate rate when you register through the conference website

Commissioning call


CREST Commissioning Programme: Third Broad Topic Solicitation

Following the success of our previous commissioning calls, CREST is again seeking to identify and fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats. The total amount available for this Call will be up to £1.12million (at 100% fEC).

Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry, including previously successful applicants, are all eligible for commissioning funds. Do spread the word among your networks.

We’re looking for proposals that address one of the following topics:
•    Behaviour change
•    Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
•    Assessing the health of a relationship
•    Developing, measuring and maintaining rapport across different contexts
•    Moral Injury and belief change
•    Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology
•    Behavioural analytics
•    Human engagement with Artificial/Augmented Intelligence
•    Misinformation and disinformation
•    Violent Domestic Extremism.

Successful applicants will become part of our larger research community, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with our key stakeholders – including UK and overseas governments.

The deadline for applications is 10:00 GMT on 23rd January 2019.

Please visit the CREST website for more information on this exciting opportunity, and download the Call Specification for more details on each topic.

UPDATE: If you have a question that is not covered in the FAQ section, then contact Nicola Ronan, CREST Centre Manager at Please note questions will not be answered between the 20th December and 2nd January.

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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.

What roles do women play in violent extremist groups? This is the question asked by Rosie Mutton in her doctoral research at the University of Lancaster. Here she talks here about gender and violence and the many roles that women play in these groups and how these are framed by the groups themselves.


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