CREST Roundup: November 2019

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in November 2019. 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.

Positively Influencing Individuals During Organisational Change

CREST has produced a new animation from our project into organisational change and insider threat.

This new resource, alongside pre-existing toolkits and a full project report, is aimed at helping employers manage organisational change to mitigate the development of Counterproductive Work Behaviour.

Organisations can more effectively manage change, and avoid insider threat, if they consider the different audiences within their workplace, and tailor communication in line with their needs.

This animation is the latest output to draw on the findings of CREST-funded research into organisational change and insider threat.

The project:
The project outlined the individual, social and organisational factors that over time, can contribute to negative employee perceptions and experiences.

Following past research linking CWB to both organisational change and trust breach, the aim of the project was to produce a (dis)trust based framework for predicting, identifying and mitigating counterproductive work behaviour and insider threat within the context of organisational change. You can read more about the project here.

The animation:
Animated by Rebecca Stevens and voiced by Dr Matthew Francis, this animation is based on work by CREST researchers Professor Rosalind Searle and Dr Charis Rice.

It presents seven typologies of employees, how they might react to organisational change and how managers can communicate to them to mitigate risks.

The animation can be found on our youtube channel or watch it on our website here.

Tools for planning uncertain futures

Covers for the toolkit and report for Imaginative Scenario Planning

CREST have published a research report and toolkit to help security and law enforcement become familiar with scenario planning techniques.

How can we anticipate and counter the diversity of forms in which such abstract and broad security threats as terrorism, cybercrime, organised crime and financial crime present themselves in our future?

Professor Math Noortmann, Professor Juliette Koning, Dr Joost Vervoort and Dr Ingrid Hoofd have published a research report and created a toolkit, which introduce ways to create and consider future scenarios dealing with these difficult topics.

Predicting the future

There are inherent problems that arise from using prediction as a strategy for determining how to mitigate future threats. Whilst success may be found predicting trends on a short-term basis, mid and long-term events are contingent on many interacting factors and prediction therefore becomes unreliable. This inhibits organisations’ capacity to anticipate future security incidents in an effective and flexible manner.

An alternative solution

Scenario planning offers an alternative solution to this issue. The usefulness of a scenario planning technique is not dependent on the likelihood of the scenarios coming true, but the opportunity for security and law enforcement organisations to set flexible strategies to deal with them. It is the development of a flexible response that marks the success of this technique.

The scenario planning approach offers an accessible alternative to more established prediction thinking to enhance the capacity of organisations to detect, anticipate and mitigate future security threats.

The toolkit gives security and law enforcement practitioners a step-by-step guide in becoming familiar with these scenario planning techniques. You can find it here:

For a more in-depth understanding of the research and subject, the full report can be found here:

Teamwork in extreme environments: identifying challenges and generating solutions

Team decision making Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown writes about her doctoral research on group decision making in extreme environments.

The role of the team in the workplace is on the rise, as organisations increasingly acknowledge the importance of teamwork in improving productivity and safe working.

This has given rise to numerous theoretical models and frameworks, designed to improve team behaviours and increase performance.

A challenge to many of these existing models is that they have been developed with conventional teams in mind (e.g., business development) and they may not apply to those operating in more extreme environments (e.g., medical emergencies).

  • What happens when we explore teamwork in more pressured, uncertain and challenging environments?
  • Do the well-established aspects of effective teamworking (e.g., communication, leadership) operate in the same manner?
  • How do we go about researching these teams?
  • Can we use existing tried and tested methods, or do we need to be innovative in our approach?

In addressing these questions, Liv Brown’s research has sought to explore teamwork in extreme environments, whilst identifying the methodological and analytical approaches most suited to research in this setting.

Read her blog here:

You can find all the Early Career Researcher blogs here: 

Out and about

Presentations and awards

  • Kirk Luther presented at the European Commission Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) seminar on investigative interviewing.
  • Kirk also became Editor for Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice (iIIRG’s journal).


  • Marono. A, Reid. S, Yaksic. E, keatley. D.A. (2019) A behaviour sequence analysis of serial killers’ lives: from childhood abuse to methods of murder. Psychiatry, psychology, and law.
  • Simon Copeland has published a book chapter: ‘By Terrorists’ Own Telling: Using Autobiography for Narrative Criminological Research’ in Jennifer Fleetwood, Lois Presser, Sveinung Sandberg and Thomas Ugelvik (Eds.), The Emerald Handbook of Narrative Criminology, Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.131-151.


Behavioural Analysis Conference

London on 10-11 June 2020 at the Royal Air Force Museum 

Green Light is delighted to announce the 3rd edition of the Behavioural Analysis conference, which will take place in London on 10-11 June 2020 at the Royal Air Force Museum.

Behavioural Analysis 2020 will deliver practical insights into the behavioural analysis techniques used to identify individuals with negative intent.

The conference will allow delegates to develop their knowledge of behavioural analysis by hearing presentations from the leading experts in the security industry.

To register to attend the event, or to submit a poster, please go to

20% discount code for friends of CREST – use the code ‘CREST20’.

Lecturer in Psychology (x2 posts)

Lancaster University

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University has two vacancies, one targeted for Developmental Psychology (broadly defined), and the other in any area of Psychology (including developmental) that complements current staff interests.

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of over 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, based in four research groups (Infancy and Early Development, Language and Cognition, Perception and Action, Social Processes). More details of research groupings, interests, and facilities can be found here:

Closing Date:  Wednesday 29 January 2020
Click here for more information and how to apply:

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