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.
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
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.
‘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.
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
- Calvin Stephen, Ashraf Labib. A hybrid model for learning from failures, Expert Systems With Applications, 93, 212–222.
- Muhl-Richardson, Alexander, Godwin, Hayward J., Garner, Matthew, Hadwin, Julie A., Liversedge, Simon P. and Donnelly, Nicholas (in press). Individual Differences in Search and Monitoring for Color Targets in Dynamic Visual Displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
- Rebecca L. Wheeler and Fiona Gabbert, Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Narrative Review, Frontiers in Psychology.
- Marzia Di Girolamo, Luciano Giromini, Christina L. Winters, Colinda M. B. Serie & Corine de Ruiter (2017). The Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy: A comparison between paper-and-pencil versis online formats in Italian samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 99, 1-12.
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 Copeland, Karen Douglas, Martin Innes, Christopher McDowell, Rosie Mutton, Jasjit 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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09fj97j and on BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09f2nwr
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 https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/13/the-scientists-persuading-terrorists-to-spill-their-secrets 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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- Research Posters
- New Report On Ideological Transmission – Peers, Education And Prisons
- New Report On Russian-Speaking Foreign Fighters
- Sikh Radicalisation In Britain
- Religious Transmission Among Young Adults In The Digital Age
- Cyber Security Decisions: How Do You Make Yours?
- Decision Making Under Stress
- CREST Roundup: October 2017
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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