CREST Roundup: October 2018

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

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.


Welcome to CREST!

Abbie Marono, PhD Student, Lancaster University.

We warmly welcome a new CREST doctoral researcher, Abbie Marono. Abbie holds a BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology from the University of Lincoln. During her academic career, she was chosen by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) to receive a research grant, and has presented her research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) and the BPS annual conference.

Abbie is interested in understanding nonverbal behaviours in face-to-face communication. She places specific importance on the effects of context and interpersonal closeness on subsequent behaviours. Abbie aims to expand her field of study into exploring the cognitive processes and neural mechanisms behind how we interpret the nonverbal behaviours of others.

She is supervised by Professor Paul Taylor (Lancaster) and Dr. Stacey Conchie (Lancaster).


Out and about

Media appearances

Sara WaringBBC Radio Merseyside interview, Roger Phillips phone-in. The interview focuses on decision making in critical and major incidents, what factors make this challenging for emergency responders, and what could be done about this. Starts at 40 minutes in.



Simon Copeland, Best Student Paper, Society for Terrorism Research. ‘Telling Stories of Terrorism: A Framework for Applying Narrative Approaches to the Study of Militants’ Self-Accounts’, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, published online September 2018,.

A new publication from CREST-funded project “Minimal Social Exclusion: A Means to Increased Rapport and Information Gain in Human Intelligence Interviews?” is now available:
Ask, K., Ejelöv, E., & Granhag, P. A. (2018). Eliciting human intelligence: The effects of social exclusion and inclusion on information disclosure. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.

On 10 October, Voluntary Service Overseas published the results of a research project Emma Barrett led on the mental health of development volunteers:

Why do some towns become focal points for anti-minority activism at particular moments in time, when other towns with similar socio-economic conditions do not? CREST-funded researchers Joel Busher and Graham Macklin, in collaboration with Gareth Harris, provide an explanation in their new article in Social Movement Studies, entitled ‘Chicken suits and other aspects of situated credibility contests: explaining local trajectories of anti-minority activism’. The article integrates ‘supply side’ and ‘demand side’ explanations of anti-minority politics by using the concept of ‘situated credibility contests’ to investigate how supply and demand side factors interact with one another through the strategic choices of the various players involved in the credibility contest.

CREST-funded researcher Joel Busher, in collaboration with Gavin Sullivan and Philip Giurlando, has edited the latest issue of Humanity & Society with a special issue on ‘The Emotional Dynamics of Backlash Politics’. The special issue goes beyond the usual focus on discreet emotions such as hate, anger, pride, loss and fear to examine the clusters and chains of emotions that generate, sustain and shape the nature of anti-establishment backlash.



Conway, R. & Waring, S. Facilitators and Barriers to Developing Firefighter Resilience. Annual Conference in Fire Related Research and Developments (RE18). 13th November, 2018.

Waring, S. Decision Making under Conditions of Uncertainty. Operational Discretion Conference, hosted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. 10th October, 2018.

Barrett, EScience Gallery Dublin on the psychology of extreme environments.

Opportunities and events

Submissions to SARMAC
Brewster, Cape Cod, MA, USA

The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) invites submissions for its 13th Biennial meeting to be held in Brewster, Cape Cod, MA, USA, 6 – 9 June 2019.

SARMAC welcomes submissions for papers, symposia, or posters in any area of applied research on memory and cognition (e.g., law, education, engineering, health/medicine, politics, marketing, human factors). The conference features keynotes by Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol), Susan Bluck (University of Florida), Simine Vazire (University of California – Davis), and Steven Whittaker (University of California – Santa Cruz).

The deadline for symposia submission is November 1st, 2018.
The deadline for posters and talks is December 1st, 2018.

To register, make a submission, or learn more about the conference, visit the conference website.

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 the emergency services make decisions during major incidents? Dr Sara Waring at the University of Liverpool researches decision making with ambulance, fire and police services. Here she talks about CREST-funded research into how decisions were made in one large scale training event.

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