Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Security & Crime Science at UCL.

Dr Kris Christmann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Security & Crime Science at UCL. His research interests concern violence in its many manifestations; political violence, radicalisation, extremism and hate crime. More recently he has been researching the impacts of social media use on serious youth violent crime/knife crime, the findings of which helped inform a recent BBC Panorama programme ‘A Social Media Murder: Olly's Story’(see also BBC). This research also produced a bespoke intervention programme (in Beta) to address this type of social media fuelled violence for young offenders.

Kris is currently working with 3PO colleagues researching the types of risks and harms police officers and their families can face from being online (particularly using social media) with the purpose of developing  advanced tools and measures to mitigate such harms.

He is also working with colleagues at the Centre for Resilient Societies (CRIS) at Deakin University, Melbourne, on a new international study examining contemporary recruitment processes to violent extremism. The aim of this research is to develop a new model that updates our understanding of how terrorist recruitment works across different ideological and technological platforms.

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Project information

As part of its activities, CREST identifies and funds innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that contributes to our understanding of contemporary security threats.

Kris Christmann is part of CREST funded commissioned project: Community Reporting Of Violent Extremist Activity And Involvement In Foreign Conflict. Read more about this project here.

Recent publications

Thomas, P., Busher, J., Macklin, G., Rogerson, M. and Christmann, K. (2015) ‘Understanding Concerns about Community Relations’ Identity papers: A journal of British and Irish studies , 1 (1), pp. 67-78
Christmann, K. (2012b) ‘Systematic Review: Preventing the Development of Violent Extremism amongst Young People’. Youth Justice Board.
Christmann, K; Hirschfield, A. Wilcox, A., Rogerson, M. Starrak, K., (2012a) ‘Process Evaluation of Preventing Violent Extremism Programmes for Young People. Youth Justice Board.
Christmann, K. and Wong, K. (2010) 'Hate Crime Victims and Hate Crime Reporting: Some impertinent Questions' in Hate Crime: Concepts, policy, future directions (Ed Neil Chakraborti) Willan Press.
Wong, K and Christmann, K. (2008) ‘The Role of Victim Decision Making in Reporting of Hate Crimes’ in Community Safety Journal, 7(2) pp19-35.

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