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
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.
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
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 www.behaviouralanalysis.com
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.
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.
Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges (IMDC) 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: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/security-lancaster/imdc2019/tickets/
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
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
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
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Access the new website direct at www.crestsecurityreview.com, and keep an eye out for our next issue, coming soon.
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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.
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Read and share:
- Deradicalisation And Counter Violent Extremism
- Countering Violent Extremism II: A Guide To Good Practice
- Deradicalisation Programmes: Introductory Guide
- Job Alert: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
- PhD Studentship: Behavioural Science And Security
- CREST Roundup: December 2018
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