CREST Roundup: November 2017

CREST roundup nov 2017

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in November – we’ve released fifty outputs this month! 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.

New reports

Ideological Transmission I: Families (Full Report)
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Ideological Transmission II: Peers, Education And Prisons

CREST has launched the second in a series of synthetic research reports on ideological transmission, produced by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee from the CREST programme on Ideas, Beliefs and Values in Social Context.

This new report, looks at ideological transmission between peers and in education and prison settings. You can download the full report and the executive summary here.

The first report focused on the family as a context for ideological transmission, and included case studies on extremism and terrorism. You can download this full report here or the executive summary here.


Sikh radicalisation’ in Britain
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Sikh Radicalisation In Britain

This CREST report, by Dr Jasjit Singh, focuses on ‘Sikh radicalisation’ in Britain, an issue which has received much political and media attention, but little academic analysis to date.

The report examines the context and reality of Sikh activism in the UK. It draws on Dr Singh’s earlier work on religious and cultural transmission among young British Sikhs, Sikh diasporas, religious movements/communities and the state in UK South Asian disaporas.

Both the executive summary and full report are available to download for free here.


Russian speaking fighters full report
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‘Russian-Speaking’ Fighters In Syria, Iraq And At Home: Consequences And Context

Existing data on Russian-speaking groups and individuals linked to the Islamic State is often inaccurate, according to CREST Researcher Cerwyn Moore and ESRC-funded PhD Student Mark Youngman. They have released a substantive report on Russian-speaking foreign fighters and the Islamic State group’s influence in the North Caucasus.

This report is available to download in a variety of formats. The full report can be downloaded here, an executive summary here, and a one-page policy brief here.

Research Posters

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Poster presentations are a common way for researchers to showcase their projects and share their findings. The combination of text and graphics allow researchers to communicate their work in a way that is visually interesting and accessible. Clear and concise explanations on why the research is important also makes for interesting reading and easy digesting, in comparison to lengthy essays or books.

That’s why, as part of CREST’s mission in sharing research as widely as possible, we have made our researcher’s posters on security threats available as another free public resource. You can download the posters individually here.

In addition to the research posters, we’ve also uploaded all the infographics featured in CREST Security Review (CSR), which you are free to download, print out and share. You can find them all here.

Press and publications

Journal publications

Out and about

Kim Knott and Ben Lee organised a symposium with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). Held in Ottawa, this also featured presentations on CREST research from Simon CopelandKaren DouglasMartin InnesChristopher McDowellRosie MuttonJasjit Singh and from CREST associates James Lewis and Sarah Marsden.

Jasjit Singh‘s report on Sikh radicalisation (see resources above) was picked up by Asia Samachar. Jasjit also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, talking about the report: and on BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate:

Congratulations to CREST Doctoral researchers Lynn Weiher and Olivia Brown, who won Best Poster (1st and 2nd prize) at the Defence Doctoral Symposium. You can download Lynn’s poster here.

Michelle Grossman presented findings from the Community Thresholds report at TASA in Perth. Shamim Miah and Paul Thomas were also there presenting other work. Additionally they reported their findings to mixed groups of academics and policy makers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.

Laurence Alison featured in the Guardian with regards to his work on interviewing. Laurence appeared on CBS radio (the Dave Ross show) and also on the Newstalk Moncfrieff show. He will also shortly appear in an item for Brazil’s main TV station (G1) as well as in a Belgian popular science magazine.

CREST on film

CREST YouTube channel

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.

Professor Paul Taylor, Director of the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), talks about the first two years of CREST, and what it has achieved to-date.

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Opportunities & Events

A Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security
Decadal surveys gather ideas and feedback from the research community in order to develop a plan that shapes future research initiatives.

An ad hoc committee of experts has been appointed to conduct a decadal survey in order to identify social and behavioural science opportunities relevant to national security. The committee is tasked with engaging scholars throughout the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, demography, economics, political science, statistics, and sociology) and behavioural sciences (e.g., cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology) to generate ideas for research.

The committee would welcome you and your colleagues to submit ideas and add to, or comment on ideas submitted by others on IdeaBuzz.

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