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We are looking to add to CREST’s pool of science writers, particularly with expertise in social sciences, psychology, computer science and other related topics with relevance to our focus on security threats.
The job of the science writer will vary from project to project. You will be provided with raw material from reports and research, and your role will be to summarise this for publication either on the CREST website, their quarterly magazine CREST Security Review, or sometimes working on podcasts, posters or infographics.
You need to bear in mind the intended audience for the piece of writing, as this can vary from non-specialists with a general interest in the topic, through to subject specialists who may need to get a detailed understanding of the topic.
Deadline: 5th February, 2018.
For more information click here.
Behavioural and Social Sciences in Security
CREST, the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, is inviting submissions for a three-day international conference in Lancaster, UK.
We are delighted to invite submissions for the first international conference on Behavioural and Social Sciences in Security (#BASS18). The theme of the conference is ‘From Inspiration to Impact: Research into Understanding, Countering and Mitigating Security Threats’.
The conference is hosted by CREST, an academic centre with significant stakeholder engagement and a proven commitment to translating research to action. It is an excellent opportunity to present research which has or will have an impact on policy or practice in any of the conference themes.
We are interested in theoretical, empirical and critical papers, posters and talks from any discipline on any form of past, present or future threat, which address one of the conference’s three themes:
- Understanding who and why.
- Better intelligence gathering and decisions.
- Protective security and risk assessment.
These themes, described in more detail here, will be interpreted broadly.
We invite submissions on these themes for:
- Twenty-minute papers.
- 5-minute lightening talks on emerging research.
Read all our articles on decision making
These articles highlight research on decision making, showing how it has been applied in a variety of real-world settings, from extreme environments to the emergency services. All of these articles appeared in the latest issue of CREST Security Review (issue 6) and now they are available to be read and shared from our website.
See all our decision making articles here.
Welcome to CREST!
Samantha McGarry, PhD Student, Lancaster University.
We welcome our latest CREST associate Samantha McGarry. Prior to commencing her PhD, Samantha worked as a Probation Officer for twelve years, supporting desistence in violent offenders, including those with extremist values.
Samantha’s current research is seeking to improve understanding and conceptualisation of the inter-relationships between lone actor terrorists and extremist networks. She is currently preparing a paper which explores the potential utility of the concept of Cumulative Extremism, following a case study of National Action.
Dr Aikaterini Grimani, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Dundee
Aikaterini has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at both Greek and international conferences. Her PhD was in the broad area of Labour and Health economics.
From January 2016 to December 2017 Aikaterini worked as a postdoctoral Researcher in Health Economics at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Her recent work includes the production of systematic reviews regarding the economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions from the employer perspective, the effectiveness of workplace health promotion interventions on worksite outcomes, the impact of worksite smoking and alcohol interventions on economic outcomes, and the impact of worksite back pain interventions on productivity and work performance.
Out and about
Sikh radicalisation in Britain
Dr Jasjit Singh has made various appearances this month:
- Discussing a recent ban on Indian officials speaking in UK Gurdwaras (Radio: BBC Asian Network – Big Debate, 08/01/18, 10.20am).
- Explaining the history driving a recent ban on Indian officials speaking in UK, US and Canadian Gurdwaras by Sikh religious organisations (Al Jazeera, 11th January).
- Discussing his recent report on ‘Sikh radicalisation in Britain’. Full interview available on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zik-nY1Ozlg (Akaal Channel, 10th January).
- Running a webinar on his report, hosted by the Sikh Research Institute based in the US: http://www.sikhri.org/the_idea_context_framing_and_realities_of_sikh_radicalisation_in_britain (20th Jan).
Terrorist financing streams
Professor Nicholas Ryder was interviewed by the US network CNBC and asked to discuss the findings of his research on the terrorist financing streams of ISIL. He also discussed several initial findings of his new research project on how ISIL using social media platforms to transfer funding. The interview can be accessed via this link: CNBC
Professor Ryder was also invited to give a paper for Aperio Intelligence entitled ‘The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a critical review of its response to money laundering and terrorist financing’.
Public lecture on terrorist radicalisation
Dr Noemie Bouhana gave a public lecture at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin in December based on this online article: https://medium.com/@DahrendorfForum/the-hedgehog-and-the-fox-what-we-need-to-know-about-terrorist-radicalisation-219b9b10c23
- Nicholas Ryder, ‘Out with the old and … in with the old? A critical review of the Financial War on Terrorism on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
- Professor Nicholas Ryder also has a book chapter published in a new edited collection for Palgrave. The chapter is entitled ‘The financial war on terrorism: a critical review of the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorist financing strategies’.
- Bart Schuurman, Lasse Lindekilde, Stefan Malthaner, Francis O’Connor, Paul Gill & Noémie Bouhana, End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.
CREST on film
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.Watch Christina Winters talk about her research on eliciting information in pre-employment vetting interviews. Christina is a CREST-funded doctoral researcher, based at the University of Lancaster.
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- A To Z Of Decision Making
- BASS18 Conference Call Open!
- Call For Science Writers On Security Threats
- How Expedition Teams Can Aid Understanding Of Teamwork In Extreme Environments
- How Does A Smuggler Behave?
- Communication Error Handling In Suspect Interviews And Crisis Negotiations
- Social Engineering: From Thoughts To Awareness
- Understanding Engagement In Violent Extremism In Northern Ireland
- Communicating With Casualties In Emergencies
- 8 Things You Need To Know About Terrorist Decision Making
- Naturalistic Decision Making And Uncertainty
- CREST Roundup: December 2017
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