CREST Roundup: July 2018

CREST roundup july 2018

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in July 2018. 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.


Thank you to all of you for making BASS18 a great success!

Over 150 people attended BASS18 and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We were thrilled to hear that many of you told us how engaging and productive you found the talks and presentations.

A big thank you to our keynotes Michele Grossman and Brett Kubicek. Michelle gave a fantastic talk on decision making and bias, focusing on remapping the ‘human terrain’ of security risks and protections.

Brett delivered a fascinating keynote on how government learns from research. He gave some excellent examples of how working with academics have led to significant impact and long-term engagement.

If you are interested in the research funded by the Kanishka Programme that Brett also highlighted then take a look at their research catalogue here:

Getting people together to discuss research and potential collaborations is an important goal for all of us at CREST, where we’re committed to building a sustainable community of researchers, across all disciplines. If you collected email addresses and promised to get in touch with one another, make sure you do! Let’s keep these conversations going as they’ll lead to us sharing ideas, even generating new projects.

Congratulations are also due to Lynn Wieher for the Best Poster, plus James Lewis and Brittany Davidson for their Highly Commended Posters in the BASS18 poster competition. The judges also praised all the poster submissions, which made the judges’ deliberations hard work.

Lots of people have asked if slides and papers from presentations and the keynotes will be available online. We’ve started loading them to soon – please email us your slides if you haven’t already.

Watch out for CREST’s next research commissioning round in the autumn and hope to see you at at #BASS20!

Out and about

All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs

Jasjit Singh presented in Parliament to the APPG British Sikhs on Tuesday 10th July. See the twitter coverage here:

Co-authored Book Chapter

Stanier, I. P., & Nunan, J. (2018). Reframing intelligence interviews: the applicability of psychological research to HUMINT elicitation.  In A. Griffiths, & R. Milne (Eds.), Psychology of Investigation: Theory into Practice (pp. 226-248). London: Routledge.

Money Laundering and Terrorism Symposium

Nicholas Ryder was an invited speaker and group discussant at the Law Commission’s Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing: Reforming the Reporting Regime, that took place on Friday 6th July 2018 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The Law Commission has been invited by the Home Office to review the anti-money laundering regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the counter-terrorism financing regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The review focuses on the legislative provisions underpinning the reporting of money laundering and terrorism financing, and in particular the seeking of consent to proceed with suspicious transactions. The symposium brought together up to 100 anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing professionals, from law enforcement officers and supervisory authorities, to in-house reporting officers, expert practitioners and academics.

Published Article

Joel Busher (Coventry University), in collaboration with John Morrison (University of East London), recently had an article published in Mobilization. In ‘Micro-Moral Worlds of Contentious Politics: A Reconceptualization of Radical Groups and their Intersections with One Another and the Mainstream’, they set out a new strategy for more thoroughlyinterrogating the intersections between the ‘extreme’ and the ‘mainstream’ helping facilitate, for example, analysis of hybrid spaces where actors from a range of groups might be working together and supporting more precise comparisons across groups.

It is available at

Conference on Imaginative Scenario Planning

A CREST-funded project on imaginative scenario-planning for law enforcement held its end conference in London at the end of June. In collaboration with two law enforcement organisations in the UK (the National Crime Agency) and in The Netherlands (Landelijke Politie), a research team from Coventry University (Professor Noortmann), Oxford Brookes University (Professor Koning and Birgit den Outer), and Utrecht University (Dr Joost Vervoort, Dr Ingrid Hoofd and Astrid Mangnus) developed and presented a toolkit to help organisations prepare for future security threats.

Two keynote speakers addressed the audience, consisting of law enforcement practitioners, policy developers, and academics, on issues of policing, international security, and organisational capability. The first keynote was delivered by Neil Walsh, chief of the cybercrime and anti-money laundering section from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (based in Vienna) on the complexity of capacity building in 70+ countries to deal with cybercrime, terrorism, money laundering, and online child sexual exploitation.

The second keynote was delivered by Cliff Oswick, professor of Organization Theory at the Cass Business School at City University of London. Professor Oswick proposed new ways of organising and leadership for organisational change that goes beyond bureaucracy and strong leadership. The two keynotes were followed by an extensive discussion with all those present.

See here for more information about this project:

CREST on Flickr

All CREST artwork in one place

As part of our commitment to communicate our work as widely as possible, we created an official Flickr account to share the fantastic images, as well as showcase our more visual research such as mind maps and info-graphics, to a wider audience.

We’ve recently updated the platform to include even more images, which you can use for free, for print or online, as long as you attribute. Don’t know how to attribute? Click here.

See all the CREST images here.

Follow us on flickr

You can easily view or download our creative images, you don’t need a Flickr account to access them, but if you’re on Flickr be sure to follow us. By following us you’ll be updated as and when new collections of images are added.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel

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.

How do criminals mislead their victims of phishing, fake news or other scams? CREST Associate Researcher, Dr Emma Williams, researches these issues as part of CREST’s programme of research on online behaviour.

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We encourage you to share these videos, which you can also view on our website here.

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