CREST Roundup: February 2020

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in February 2020. 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.

Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing

CREST has published a report on how ‘soft facts’ influence individual and collective behaviours.

The report, by Professor Martin Innes, states findings from the research project ‘Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing’. It examines how a series of soft facts communicated on social media in the aftermath of four terrorist attacks that took place in 2017, functioned to influence public perceptions and understandings of the causes and consequences of these events.

Understanding Digital Traces

Kris Geyer - Understanding digital traces

How well does your phone know you? Can it describe your personality better than you can? Kris Geyer writes about his doctoral research on understanding digital traces.

In order to learn about someone’s personality, seeing how they act in real-life situations is incredibly valuable. However, until recently these approaches have been almost impossible in practice. Observing how someone behaves in their daily life would require someone to suspend their privacy and tolerate the continual presence of a researcher taking notes. But perhaps a solution to these problems can be found in your pocket …



CREST invites submissions for the second international conference on Behavioural and Social Sciences in Security (BASS20)

Portsmouth, UK, 30th June – 2nd July 2020.

BASS20 conference fees can now be found on our website and the booking form will be available shortly. We are also delighted to announce our bursary scheme for postgraduate students and unemployed or hourly-paid researchers. Bursaries will cover the conference fee and accommodation at the University of Portsmouth for the conference.

Proposals for papers, posters and lightning talks can be made against our three themes: ‘Understanding Who and Why’; ‘Better Intelligence Gathering and Decision-Making’; and ‘Protective Security and Risk Assessment’. We welcome submissions for any discipline.

The closing date for submissions is Sunday 15th March

Welcome Laura

We are delighted to welcome Laura Summers to the team, as our new administrative assistant.Laura has a BSc in Psychology and an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has worked both in the charity sector and local government in the areas of exploitation, radicalisation, and safeguarding young people. Before joining us, Laura worked in China and Malaysia managing dance and sport programmes for children.

Laura will be supporting the Director and Centre Manager, covering Jen Reid‘s maternity leave.


Behavioural Analysis Conference

London, UK, 10th – 11th June 2020 

Green Light is delighted to announce the 3rd edition of the Behavioural Analysis conference, which will take place in London on 10th – 11th June 2020 at the Royal Air Force Museum.

Behavioural Analysis 2020 will deliver practical insights into the behavioural analysis techniques used to identify individuals with negative intent.

The conference will allow delegates to develop their knowledge of behavioural analysis by hearing presentations from leading experts in the security industry.

To register for the conference, or to submit a poster, please visit the website.

20% discount code for friends of CREST – use the code ‘CREST20’.


Rice, C. & Taylor, M. (2020) “Reconciliation Isn’t Sexy”: Perceptions of News Media in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland, Journalism Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2020.1724183

Innes, M. 2020. Techniques of disinformation: Constructing and communicating ‘soft facts’ after terrorismBritish Journal of Sociology (10.1111/1468-4446.12735)

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