CREST Roundup: September 2018

CREST roundup sept 2018

This is a roundup of what CREST has been up to in August-September 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.


Transmission of beliefs

Transmission report

The third and final research review in the CREST series on ideological transmission is available to download and read for free here, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee.

The series focuses on the process by which ideas, beliefs and values are passed on. The research questions that inform these reports are as follows:

  1. How do ideological groups make potential supporters and other outsiders aware of their views (awareness-raising/persuasion/propaganda)?
  2. How is ideological material (beliefs, events, issues etc) framed by groups as they seek to raise awareness, gain recruits and energise followers?
  3. How do members and other supporters acquire ideological knowledge within groups (learning/indoctrination)?

Ideological Transmission I: Families

The first review dealt with the ideological influence of the family on young people.

You can download the full report here.
Or download the executive summary of the report here.

Ideological Transmission II: Peers, Education and Prisons

The second review focused on peer-to-peer relationships as a context for ideological transmission, particularly in the context of education and prisons.

You can download the full report here.
Or download the executive summary of the report here.

Ideological Transmission III: Political and Religious Organisations

The third and final report focuses on how ideology is communicated by political and religious organisations and networks.

You can download the full report here.
Or download the executive summary of the report here.

You can find all the outputs on Ideological Transmission here.

These CREST reports are products from the ‘Ideas, Beliefs And Values In Social Context’ programme. You can read more about the CREST funded project here.

New research posters

poster image 2018

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. Simplified overviews and concise explanations on why their research is important 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.

Learn about the projects being undertaken by our up-coming, promising researchers on security threats by checking out their latest posters:

All of our researcher’s fantastic posters can be found on the researcher’s profile pages too, as well as altogether as a collection here. Feel free to view, download and share.

Reciprocal Radicalisation

Reciprocal Radicalisation

This CREST report, by Professor Kim Knott, Dr Ben Lee and Simon Copeland, highlights the topic of ‘reciprocal radicalisation’, which is the idea that extremist groups can feed off one another in a cycle of escalating rhetoric or even actions.

The briefings, written up in this report, were delivered as part of a CREST Workshop on Reciprocal Radicalisation organised in London in May 2018, and attended by thirty-five practitioners from the UK government, police, probation and the prison service.

This report provides an overview of the discussions on signs of reciprocal radicalisation, the type of data and research methods most appropriate and the impact of social media.
Read, download and share Briefings: Reciprocal Radicalisation for free here: Reciprocal Radicalisation Report

A series of briefings from these discussions are also available, and can be read on our sister website Radicalisation Research here:

CREST Catalogue – updated

CREST Catalogue Cover Design Sept 2018 v2

We’ve produced a lot of CREST outputs since last year and we’re always working on ways to make them easier to find. This new catalogue helps by making it easier to find guides, reports and journals that relate to the same topic.

The catalogue indexes CREST’s outputs under three different themes:

  • Understanding Who & Why.
  • Better Intelligence Gathering & Decisions.
  • Protecting Ourselves.

You can download the catalogue here.

Media appearances

 A Week Without Lying - The Honesty Experiment.Paul Taylor, Gordon Wright and Lynn Weiher appeared in BBC’s Horizon programme, A Week Without Lying – The Honesty Experiment. CREST Researchers Professor Paul Taylor and Dr Gordon Wright were amongst specialists brought in to monitor their anxiety, movement and speech patterns with CREST Doctoral Researcher Lynn Weiher supporting their analysis.

Dr Jasjit Singh was mentioned in a First Post article, Sikh group in UK moots ‘independence referendum’: Upcoming rally in London should worry India.

Sara Waring made an appearance in The GuardianDon’t panic! Meet the experts with a steady hand when catastrophe strikes


Kontogianni, F., Hope, L., Taylor, P.Vrij, A., & Gabbert, F. (2018). The benefits of a Self-Generated Cue mnemonic for Timeline interviewing. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 7(3) 454-461. 10.1016/j.jarmac.2018.03.006

Ces Moore’s abstract was accepted for the EISA conference in Prague. The paper he’s presenting stems from the CREST report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters, co-authored with Mark Youngman.

Society for Terrorism Research 2018 conference

The following CREST doctoral researchers presented their research at the conference:
  • Rosamund MuttonHow Are Violent Roles Differentiated By Gender Within Violent Extremist Groups?
  • James LewisPrevent As An Intractable Policy Controversy: Implications And Solutions
  • Simon CopelandTelling Stories Of Terrorism: Kin And Peer Influences In The Narrative Accounts Of Terrorists

A big congratulations to Simon Copeland who won the Society for Terrorism Research 2018 best student paper award! His work on narratives will be published in BSTPA next year.

Sarah Marsden organised a roundtable at the conference on Radicalisation Research: The State Of The Art, with Andreas Zick, (Bielefeld University, Germany); Leena Malkki (University of Helsinki, Finland); and Bart Schuurman (Leiden University & International Centre for Counter Terrorism, The Hague, Netherlands).

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.


AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowships 2019
FASS Research, Lancaster University

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which are both part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), together with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are pleased to invite applications for the second intake of the AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowship scheme.

The scheme provides the opportunity for arts and humanities and social science researchers to be seconded into the FCO (London office) to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers. It aims to support Fellows who will bring fresh thinking, depth and breadth of expert knowledge and apply their learning to policy challenges. This is not a scheme to support research projects about the FCO or its work, but rather to build new capacity in the FCO and across the UK research base.

Applications are welcome from arts and humanities researchers and social scientists with a deep and detailed understanding of research relevant to FCO research analysts.

Deadline 31st October. 
Click here for more information.


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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.

How can research on memory help with gathering human intelligence? This is the subject of Jordan Nunan who is focusing on covert police sources and how their recall of information can be improved. In this video he talks about his CREST-funded doctoral research and what he hopes to find.

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