CREST Roundup: November 2018

CREST roundup Nov 2018

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

A new home for CREST Security Review

CREST is excited to announce that CREST Security Review has a new website and a mobile app to further broaden the way people can engage with its content.

The free app, available on both IOS and Android platforms provides a number of features:

  • Intuitive navigation – making it easy to browse issues and articles of interest.
  • Offline access –  read articles or whole issues by bookmarking them to read later.
  • Search and discover – navigate easily to the topics that interest you most as well as be alerted when new items are added.
  • Favourite articles – our synced bookmark feature allows you to conveniently store all your favourite CSR articles in one place, for you to access later via any of your devices.
  • Responsive design – you can read CSR on your mobile, iPad, Android tablet or desktop, meaning you no longer must download the pdf (although that option is still available).
  • New issue alerts – opt in for notifications and you’ll be the first to know when the latest issue arrives.

Alongside the mobile application, a new website at gives CSR its own home, making it easier to access, read and share articles. Favourites and bookmarks are synced with the application.

Download now:

Find the free mobile app on your app stores, or via this link at:

Access the new website direct at, and keep an eye out for our next issue, coming soon.

Welcome to CREST!

Anna Leslie, Research to Practice Fellow

Welcome Anna Leslie, our new Research to Practice Fellow. Anna has spent the majority of her career within the public sector, applying behavioural science in operational and investigative settings. She has worked across a variety of UK government departments, creating and delivering numerous training packages for law enforcement and intelligence communities.

She left the UK Civil Service to pursue a career applying behavioural science research within the financial industry and has joined the recently established Behavioural Sciences Team at Nasdaq. For CREST, she is using her understanding of both the behavioural science and the operational and investigative space to translate research into practical training products and advice.

Kristine Endsjø, PhD Student, Lancaster University

We warmly welcome a new CREST doctoral researcher, Kristine Endsjø. Kristine is a PhD Student within CREST’s programme on Actors and Ideologies, Beliefs and Values in Social Contexts, based at Lancaster University.

She holds an MSc in International Defence and Security from Cranfield University, and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from the University of Oslo, which she has combined with studies in psychology. As part of the BA, she studied Arabic and Islamic theology in Jordan. Her work has primarily been on Islamic radicalisation, values and intercultural relations.

Kristine’s PhD research draws on political psychology and her main interests are ideology, discourse, and mechanisms of social influence. In particular, she is looking into the role of communication and learning in extremist transnational networks.

Publications and presentations


On 15 October, Kim Knott joined a panel on ‘Uncovering Fundamentalism’ at this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas, on the subject of ‘Extremes’. She also participated in a discussion on ‘Fundamentalism and Extremism’ at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. For the podcast, see Kim was part of the evaluation committee, held in Utrecht in October, for the NWO funded research programme, ‘Religion in Society’, and participated in a panel discussion on the future of publicly-funded research on religion and its societal impact.

Milne, R. (2018). Don’t break the chain- from effective communication to successful decision-making. Keynote presentation at the 6th BPS Military Psychology Conference: Defence and Security, Basingstoke, November.


Benjamin J. Lee (2018): Informal Countermessaging: The Potential and Perils of Informal Online Countermessaging, Studies in Conflict & TerrorismDOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1513697.

Kim Knott (2018) Applying the study of religions in the security domain: knowledge, skills, and collaboration, Journal of Religious and Political Practice, 4:3, 332-351, DOI: 10.1080/20566093.2018.1525901.

Eastwood, J., Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2018). Measuring the effectiveness of the sketch procedure for recalling details of a live interactive event. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32, 747-754. doi:10.1002/acp.3454

Eastwood, J. Snook, B., & Luther, K. (2018). Establishing the Most Effective Way to Deliver the Sketch Procedure to Enhance Interviewee Free Recall. Psychology, Crime and Lawdoi:10.1080/1068316X.2018.1538416

Brandon, S. E., Wells, S., & Seale, C. (2017). Science-based interviewing: Information elicitationJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 15.

Wells, ,Brandon, S. E. (2018) Interviewing in Criminal and Intelligence-Gathering Contexts: Applying Science, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

Fahmy, W., Snook, B., Luther, K., & McCardle, M. I. (in press). Unveiling the truth: The effect of Muslim veils and face covering on the perceived credibility of a victim’s court testimony. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciencedoi:10.1037/cbs0000116

Grants and award

The International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG) has awarded Christina Winters a networking grant, in collaboration with Gerard Overmars (, in support of her research project, ‘Safe Space: The impact of medium and location on self disclosure,’ with Paul Taylor and Kirk Luther.

Kirk Luther has also been awarded a Networking Grant by the iIIRG for a project titled Examining turning points within investigative interviews

Opportunities and events

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
A 15% discount applies if you cite the CREST newsletter on registering.

Commissioning call


CREST Commissioning Programme: Third Broad Topic Solicitation

Following the success of our previous commissioning calls, CREST is again seeking to identify and fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats. The total amount available for this Call will be up to £1.12million (at 100% fEC).

Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry, including previously successful applicants, are all eligible for commissioning funds. Do spread the word among your networks.

We’re looking for proposals that address one of the following topics:
•    Behaviour change
•    Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
•    Assessing the health of a relationship
•    Developing, measuring and maintaining rapport across different contexts
•    Moral Injury and belief change
•    Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology
•    Behavioural analytics
•    Human engagement with Artificial/Augmented Intelligence
•    Misinformation and disinformation
•    Violent Domestic Extremism.

Successful applicants will become part of our larger research community, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with our key stakeholders – including UK and overseas governments.

The deadline for applications is 10:00 GMT on 23rd January 2019.

Please visit the CREST website for more information on this exciting opportunity, and download the Call Specification for more details on each topic.


New posters

Two new research posters have been added to CREST website which can be downloaded as PDFs.

Ensuring Cyber-Physical Security in the Digital Built Environment 
by Emma Boakes.

There is a need for organisations to develop processes that encompass cyber-physical security. Cyber-physical security concerns vulnerabilities in cyber security that can be exploited to target physical security, and vice versa.

This poster present’s Emma Boakes‘ research on understanding how cyber and physical security currently converge within organisations, whether there is a disparity in language, policy and recognition of threat, and what barriers and challenges there are to collaboration.

You can download the poster as a PDF here.

Social Role Evolution of an Ideological Online Community
by Brittany I. Davidson, Simon Jones, Professor Adam Joinson and Dr Joanne Hinds.

What stimulates one user’s progression to a position of leadership, while others fail to develop authority and influence within a community?

To address this question, they identify various social roles in one online community using machine learning techniques, mapping these roles against Preece and Schneiderman’s’ ‘Reader-to-Leader framework.

You can download the poster as a PDF here.

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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.

What is rapport and how can we measure it? Dr Gordon Wright, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, is investigating this as part of a CREST-funded project. Here he talks about the project and how they are looking at what evidence exists for how rapport can improve information elicitation in interviews.


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