Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the website of the UK’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).

CREST’s purpose is to ensure that economic and social science research on today’s security threats flourishes, and that its contribution to Government policy and practice, as well as public understanding, is maximised.

CREST was commissioned in an open competition administered by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Following a public call for interested parties to outline their vision for the Centre, submitted proposals were reviewed by a panel of academic and industry experts, and those shortlisted were interviewed before a decision was made. CREST’s proposal brought together world-leading experts from in criminology, computer science, international relations, law, management, politics and religion, and psychology, from the Universities of Birmingham, Cranfield, Lancaster, Portsmouth and West of England. However, CREST also made its case on the basis that it will engage and facilitate the contributions of the wider community of academic, industry and government experts.

This website plays an important role in this wider engagement. It is where CREST researchers will publish briefings, white papers, reports and toolkits that seek to help our stakeholders better understand, mitigate or counter security threats. It is also where we will publish details of our network events, such as workshops and conferences, which will bring together people from different disciplines and sectors to explore a common problem. Finally, this website is where we publish details of our research commissioning process, which seeks to fund innovative and high-quality research that addresses key concerns.

Since our official launch on 1 October 2015, CREST has been busy appointing staff to deliver on its Statement of Intent. A total of 28 research staff and PhD students are directly associated with CREST, and we anticipate this number growing to almost 50 by summer 2016. However, equally important to us are those interesting in collaborating and working with CREST. I invite anybody who is interested, from whatever discipline or sector, to get in touch.

Paul J. Taylor