CREST Roundup: July 2017

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to this July. You can stay up-to-date by signing up to the CREST Newsletter, and have CREST news and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Social July

CREST on facebook
Throughout July, we’ve made it our mission to increase our web presence, to make it easier to share and engage with the research that CREST produces.

This month, as part of our social campaign, we have launched CREST on:
Facebook – to gain public awareness and spread our brilliant resources to a wider audience.
Flickr – to make it easier to download and use CREST’s fantastic images.
LinkedIn – so you can receive news, opportunities and events, through a business oriented platform.
We are also on Twitter and Youtube, so you can follow us on all your favourite channels.


New resources

CSR CREST Security Review - Networks

CREST Security Review: Networks

We’ve just launched our fifth issue of CSR, ‘Networks’, which highlights how studying networks can help us better understand security threats.

It is available to download, read and share for free here: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/csr

CREST Guide: Understanding The Far-Right Landscape

A new CREST guide by Dr Benjamin Lee gives an introduction to the far-right in the UK, including an analysis of some of the groups and networks and the main security threats they present.

It is available to download, read and share for free here: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/resources/understanding-far-right-landscape/


Press and publications

Journal publications
Guy Griffiths, Shane D.Johnson, Kevin Chetty, UK-based terrorists’ antecedent behavior: A spatial and temporal analysis, Applied Geography.


Opportunities & Events

Call for proposals: Community Resilience Fund

Public Safety’s Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (CCCEPV) provides leadership, coordinates talent and expertise, mobilises and supports community outreach and enhances research in the area. The CRF will be a key element of the CCCEPV to help enhance partnerships and innovation in CRV research and programming in Canada.

To build domestic capacity at the local level and encourage research, the CRF has identified four key priority areas:

  • Intervention programming
  • Performance measurement and evaluation tools
  • Action-oriented research
  • Youth engagement and the development of alternative narratives

The Call for Proposals is open until October 1, 2017.
For more information click here.

Defence and Security Accelerator funding competitions

There are two open Defence and Security Accelerator calls. These fund novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research to develop capabilities for UK defence and security.

Details of themed competitions that are open now and the Accelerator’s Enduring Challenge competition can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/defence-and-security-accelerator-funding-competitions

Provision of On-Line Research – Understanding How To Most Effectively Disrupt Terrorist/Extremist Material Online

The Home Office is seeking to fund a number of small innovative research projects in order to better understand how to most effectively disrupt terrorist and extremist material online, and invite research partners to submit proposals/bids which meet the aim of this tender. Specifically we aim to establish a stronger evidence base on how terrorist and extremist content can be stopped from ever being distributed, using innovative means of disruption. Additionally, we want to know how best to support and safeguard smaller platforms, which may include developing different forms of guidance. It is expected that projects will need to be completed by the end of January 2018, and that final reports will be delivered by 15th February 2018. We are keen for research proposals to be innovative and novel; However we will also consider research projects that employ more traditional methodologies (e.g. surveys or interviews). Responses to this Invitation To Tender will be evaluated by Home Office research and policy officials and Commercial Directorate.

Location SW1P 4DF
Value £100000
Date notice published 28/07/17
Closing date 24/08/17

Click here for more information.

Provision of On-Line Research – Understanding The Impact And Effectiveness of Counter Narratives

The Home Office is seeking to fund a number of small innovative research projects in order to measure the impact and effectiveness of both formal and informal counter narratives, as well as determine the best methods to deliver these. Specifically we aim to establish a stronger evidence base on the most effective ways to deliver counter narrative content in the online information environment. The findings will help to inform approaches that lead to demonstrable attitude and behavioural change, as well as identify the most effective delivery mechanism. It is expected that projects will need to be completed by the end of January 2018, and that final reports will be delivered by 15th February 2018. We are keen for research proposals to be innovative and novel; however we will also consider research projects that employ more traditional methodologies (e.g. surveys or interviews). Responses to this Invitation To Tender will be evaluated by Home Office research and policy officials and Commercial Directorate.

Location SW1P 4DF
Value £100000
Date notice published 28/07/17
Closing date 24/08/17

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Provision of On-Line Research – Understanding How Individuals Engage With The Narratives and Content of Terrorist/Extremist Groups

The Home Office is seeking to fund a number of small innovative research projects to better understand how individuals engage with material produced by terrorist and extremist groups, and the impact that this has on their attitudes and behaviours. Specifically, we aim to establish a stronger evidence base on how individuals engage with, and process different terrorist and extremist narratives and content. This includes developing a better understanding of how different groups operate in a number of languages, and through a variety of content types, to influence their audiences. It is expected that projects will need to be completed by the end of January 2018, and that final reports will be delivered by 15th February 2018. We are keen for research proposals to be innovative and novel; however we will also consider research projects that employ more traditional methodologies (e.g. surveys or interviews). Responses to this Invitation To Tender will be evaluated by Home Office research and policy officials and Commercial Directorate.

Location SW1P 4DF
Value £100000
Date notice published 28/07/17
Closing date 25/08/17

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Provision of On-Line Research – Understanding How Terrorist/Extremist Groups Share Content, And Where It Appears On-Line

The Home Office is seeking to fund a number of small innovative research projects in order to better understand; where terrorist and extremist material appears online, how users are directed to it, and in what context it appears. Specifically we aim to establish a stronger evidence base on how terrorist and extremist content is shared, where it appears, and how users are directed to it. This includes building a deeper understanding of how groups utilise non-extreme content e.g. that of the mainstream media, to deliver their message. It is expected that projects will need to be completed by the end of January 2018, and that final reports will be delivered by 15th February 2018. We are keen for research proposals to be innovative and novel; however we will also consider research projects that employ more traditional methodologies (e.g. surveys or interviews). Responses to this Invitation To Tender will be evaluated by Home Office research and policy officials and Commercial Directorate.

Location SW1P 4DF
Value £100000
Date notice published 28/07/17
Closing date 25/08/17

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Provision of Business Development & Fundraising Assessments and Training for Civil Society Organisations in 2017/18 that Aim to Build Individuals’ Resilience to Radicalisation

The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), in the Home Office, works to counter the threat to the UK from terrorism. Prevent forms part of our counter-terrorist strategy, CONTEST. It aims to safeguard and stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism by engaging those vulnerable to radicalisation, and protecting those being targeted by terrorist recruiters. A fundamental part of delivering the Prevent objectives and countering local threats is our work with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local communities. We are keen to build the strength of these organisations to allow them to increase their capacity for delivery by supporting them to follow best practice models in their approach to business development.

Lot 1: Business Development and Fundraising Assessments Through the assessment and analysis of the CSOs business practices and approach to fundraising you will identify areas of improvement and/or training requirements that will be presented to the CSO and the HO in a detailed report. The assessment should include but not be limited to the following key areas:

  • Governance
  • Funding Streams
  • Staffing
  • A summary of recommendations

Lot 2: Business Development and Fundraising Training By providing training to the CSOs, the expected outcomes would be to see an increase in external funding to the groups that we currently fund, improvement in their knowledge of profit-making business models, staffing structures and better project and programme management. Specifically CSOs will require advice and support on:

  • Increasing access to unrestricted, private funds
  • Writing fundraising bids
  • Compiling short, medium and long-term overarching fundraising strategies
  • Writing charity business plans
  • Completing internal audits
  • Recruitment of staff
  • Management structures

Location SW1P 4DF
Value £20000 – £50000
Date notice published 01/08/17
Closing date 31/08/17

For more information click here.


Out and about

Human Computer Interaction International Conference
Joanne Hinds attended the Human Computer Interaction International (HCII) conference in Vancouver to present her paper “Radicalisation, the Internet and Cybersecurity: Opportunities and Challenges for HCI”.

Podcast
Professor Laurence Alison discusses why respect gets results during interrogations in a University of Liverpool podcast.

Sikh Education Council
Dr Jasjit Singh presented his findings on “Sikh Radicalisation” at a capacity event organised by the Sikh Education Council on Wednesday 19th July.

Imaginative Scenario Planning for Law Enforcement Organisations
The launch of one of the new CREST commissioning projects, Imaginative Scenario Planning for Law Enforcement Organisations picked up a lot of media attention (due to the Finsbury Park incident) at the end of June. PIs Professor Math Noortmann & Professor Juliette Koning have been talking about the project with the following media:

  • Juliette appeared on BBC Television South Today (19 June 2017)
  • Juliette was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford (20 June 2017)
  • Math talked about the project for BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire (20 June 2017)
  • Math was interviewed by Free Radio (21 June 2017)
  • Math was interviewed by Radio Heart West Midlands (21 June 2017)

Warwick University Workshop
A paper entitled “Mapping the Drivers of Diaspora Engagement in Transitional Justice Processes: The Case of Sri Lanka since 2009” co-authored by Dr Christopher McDowell, Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador and Ms Natasha de Silva, was presented at the Warwick University Workshop “Diasporas and Transitional Justice: Local, National and Global Dimensions” on 3 April 2017.

The workshop was funded by an ERC Starting Grant titled “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty.


CREST on film

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CREST YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel showcases some of the research and work undertaken by CREST Researchers. Watch these videos and learn more about what other CREST researchers are doing. We encourage you to share these videos, which you can also view on our website here.

All of our videos are available under Creative Commons licence, which means you are free to share but please attribute by linking back to our youtube channel and website.

Watch Professor Becky Milne talk about her CREST research on interviewing, in particular interviewing vulnerable witnesses.

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Blogs

Read and share:
Why Networks Matter by Adam Joinson and Brittany Davidson
Gathering Full And Faithful Human Intelligence by Jordan Nunan
Trust And Citizenship: The Insider Threat by Charis Rice and Ros Searle
Job Alert: Research Assistant
Understanding the far-right landscape by Benjamin Lee
NEWS CSR5, Issue 5: Networks
NEWS CREST Is LinkedIn
NEWS CREST On Flickr!
The Lost Boys by John Horgan
NEWS Job Alert: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
NEWS CREST Roundup: June 2017
NEWS Introducing: The CREST Facebook Page!


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