Knowledge Management Across the Four Counter-Terrorism ‘Ps’

This project will produce a set of ten guides on specific areas of policy and practice that fall within the four pillars of CONTEST. The focus of the guides will be decided in collaboration with the Home Office and will draw on the most contemporary research.

The guides will set out the evidence base on specific areas of policy and practice; assess the strength of the research; relate the research to contemporary policy and practice; identify gaps in the evidence base; and describe opportunities for future research.

The project is interested in learning:

  1. What is the evidence base on priority areas of counter-terrorism policy and practice?
  2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the research evidence?
  3. What are the implications of contemporary research for policy and practice?
  4. What are the future priorities and opportunities for research?

The guides will offer reviews of relevant research identified according to the following parameters:

  • Peer-reviewed articles published since the beginning of 2017
  • Based on empirical evidence
  • Published across a range of relevant social and behavioural science journals
  • Covering policy and practice.

The process of developing the reviews will involve:

  • searching relevant multidisciplinary databases
  • consulting subject-matter experts, drawing on CREST’s networks
  • peer review of the guides by subject matter experts.

The guides will provide a valuable resource for practitioners, policymakers and researchers interested in the most up-to-date research on key areas of counter-terrorism policy and practice.

Principal Investigator

Sarah Marsden


Lancaster University


Sarah Marsden

Simon Copeland