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.