CREST Roundup: January 2019

CREST roundup jan 19

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in January 2019. 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.

Welcome to CREST

Heather Shaw, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University

Welcome Heather, who has started at Lancaster University as a Senior Research Associate. Heather holds a BSc in Psychology and is studying how digital traces of behaviour can infer individual differences about a user.

Within this she has explored how data can be objectively message via logging technology use and has developed theoretical ideas to explain the underpinnings of technology usage. She is interested in the exploration of new analysis methods when quantifying human behaviour, including machine learning approaches such as decision tree modelling, as well as out-of-the-lab solutions, measuring behaviour “in-situ” using smartphone applications or other mobile technology.

Her work in CREST will explore group dynamics including how to disrupt cohesion of criminal groups and the analysis of language using computational approaches such as LIWC.

Helen Thackery, Senior Research Associate, University of Portsmouth

We also welcome Helen, our new senior research associate, based at the University of Portsmouth. Helen holds a PhD from Bournemouth University, where she was based in the Departments of Psychology and Computing. Her interdisciplinary research studied the effects of social identity and social group processes on individuals involved in hacking communities.

In addition, she holds an MSc in Contemporary Identities (Sociology), from the University of Bristol, and a BA (Hons) in Politics and Italian from Swansea University. During her time at Bournemouth Helen was involved in the design and delivery of Cyberpsychology modules aimed at undergraduate and Masters level Computing and Cyber Security students.

Helen’s research interests include: cyberpsychology, cybersecurity, online behaviour, qualitative methodologies, and social psychology.


In early January, Dr Sarah Marsden helped organise a conference on Desistance and Disengagement in collaboration with the Home Office. The event brought together policymakers, practitioners and academics to examine the practice and research around efforts to support people in the move away from violent extremism.

On Wednesday 23rd Jan, Jasjit Singh presented ‘Sikh perspectives on violence’ at Concord, the Interfaith Group in Leeds.


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

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.

To find out more visit

A 15% discount applies if you cite the CREST newsletter on registering.




Job Alert: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Deadline:17th February 2019

The University of Dundee are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Human-Computer Interaction/ Psychology/ Trust/ related fields) to carry out qualitative research.

You will be based in Professor Wendy Moncur’s interdisciplinary research group, which focuses on lived human experience in a digital age. Your expertise will complement existing expertise in the group in Human-Computer Interaction, e-Health, Design, and Computer Science.

Applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly – part-time/ remotely – will be considered. There are also opportunities to be based at one of our partner Universities.

For more details click here.



PhD Studentship: Behavioural Science and Security

Deadline:18th February 2019

The University of Bath are offering a PhD studentship linked with the CREST project, under the supervision of Professor Adam Joinson (School of Management) and Dr. Laura Smith (Department of Psychology).The successful candidate will join a team of academic, post-doctoral, and PhD researchers who are part the ‘Applied Digital Behaviour Lab’ based in the Information, Decision and Operations Division of the School of Management.

This is an excellent opportunity to join and contribute to a collaborative and successful research group that has a large portfolio of projects addressing applications of behavioural science and analytics to security and cybersecurity.

For more details click here.



Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges (IMDC) 2019

Deadline: 26 – 28 February 2019

Security Lancaster & Lancaster University would like to invite you to attend the 2019 Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges (IMDC) conference, taking place at Lancaster University on the 26 – 28 February 2019.

Collaborative conversation is taking place between Security Lancaster; Université Saint-Paul, Ottawa; Joint Special Forces University, Florida; Ministry of Defence, UK; Canadian Forces, Toronto; Birkbeck University, London and more.

The conference will bring together some of the most distinguished international defence practitioners, innovation specialists and scholars in the field coming from several NATO countries, among others, Ben Zweibelson (JSOU – US SOCOM), Dr. Ofra Graicer (IDF National Defence College), Dr. Aaron Jackson (Australia DOD), Dr. Antoine Bousquet (Birkbeck University), Prof. Chris Paparone (National Defence University), Prof. Philippe Dufort (Université Saint-Paul), James Rosie & Nicholas Taylor(Ministry of Defence), Phil Gilbert (General Manager of IBM Design), Dr. Philippe Beaulieu-Brossard(Canadian Forces College) and Dr. Dan Öberg (Swedish Defence University)

For more information visit the website:



Two guides – an introduction to deradicalisation programmes, and an overview of what good CVE practice should look like – have been published today by CREST.

With colleagues James Lewis and Kim Knott, Sarah Marsden has reviewed the literature on CVE programmes, to give examples of what good CVE practice should look like. Dr Marsden has also created an introductory guide to deradicalisation programmes, setting out the types of interventions in operation, the methods they use, and how to evaluate their effects.

Deradicalisation Programmes: Introductory guide

by Dr Sarah Marsden

Deradicalisation programmes seek to address the ideological, social, and personal issues that lead someone to become involved in violent extremism. This guide, by Dr Sarah Marsden, is an introduction to deradicalisation programmes, setting out the types of interventions in operation, the methods they use, and how to evaluate their effects.

You can find this guide here: Deradicalisation Programmes: Introductory guide

CVE II: A guide to good practice

by Dr Sarah MarsdenProfessor Kim Knott and James Lewis

This second guide on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) provides an overview of what good practice in CVE should look like, giving examples that help explain the need for an evidence-based theory of change, as well as the targeting, delivery and evaluation of CVE programmes.

You can find this guide here: Countering Violent Extremism II: A Guide to Good Practice


Have you downloaded the CREST app?

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:

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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.

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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.

Wendy Moncur CREST research

How do people keep secrets online? Wendy Moncur leads a project researching this question, at the University of Dundee. Her CREST-funded research draws together a wealth of research carried out into how people keep secrets online, what helps them to keep those secrets, what acts as barriers, and how these vary based on age, gender and culture.


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