Martin Innes

Professor / Director Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University.

Professor Martin Innes is Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute, and Universities’ Police Science Institute at Cardiff University. His research has been highly influential across policy, practitioner and academic communities, both nationally and internationally.

He is author of the books: ‘Signal Crimes’ (2014, OUP) ‘Investigating Murder’ (2003, OUP) and ‘Understanding Social Control (2003, Open University Press), as well as numerous scholarly articles. Between 2004-13 Innes was Editor of the journal ‘Policing and Society’, and he has written for Prospect Magazine, and The Guardian newspaper.

Innes has achieved particular renown for his research and policy development work on: reassurance and Neighbourhood Policing; ‘Prevent’ counter-terrorism; and the conduct of major crime investigations. He has acted in an advisory capacity to policing and security agencies, and governments in the USA, Canada, Australia and Holland.

Personal webpage

Recent Publications

  • Innes, M. 2020. Techniques of disinformation: Constructing and communicating ‘soft facts’ after terrorismBritish Journal of Sociology (10.1111/1468-4446.12735)
  • Innes, M. (2014) Signal Crimes: Social Reactions to Crime, Disorder and Control. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Innes, M., Roberts, C., Preece, A. and Rogers, D. (2016) “Ten Rs of social reaction: Using social media to measure the post-event impacts of the murder of Lee Rigby”, Terrorism and Political Violence. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09546553.2016.1180289
  • Innes, M., Roberts, C. and Lowe, T. (2017) “A disruptive influence: Prevent-ing problems and countering violent extremism policy in practice”, Law and Society Review, 51/2

More from Martin…

Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing After the 2017 Terror Attacks (Summary)

This Executive Summary gives an overview of the eight techniques of disinformation and types of ‘soft facts’. The document summaries research findings from a...Read More »

Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing After the 2017 Terror Attacks (Full Report)

This CREST report examines how ‘soft facts’ influence individual and collective behaviours, and what are the most effective counter-measures for managing their consequences. The...Read More »

Soft Facts and Digital Behavioural Influencing

CREST has published a report on how ‘soft facts’ influence individual and collective behaviours. The report, by Martin Innes, states findings from the research...Read More »

Techniques of disinformation: Constructing and communicating “soft facts” after terrorism

Informed by social media data collected following four terror attacks in the UK in 2017, this article delineates a series of “techniques of disinformation”...Read More »

Russian Influence And Interference On Twitter Following The 2017 UK Terrorist Attacks

Following the UK terror attacks in 2017, there was a systematic level of influence and interference by Russian-linked social media accounts trying to engineer...Read More »

Russian influence and interference measures following the 2017 UK terrorist attacks

The level of influence and interference by Russian-linked social media accounts trying to engineer social division in the UK is considerably more extensive than...Read More »

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