Crime and security problems such as terrorism, burglary, illicit drug use and domestic abuse, are the concern of societies and communities locally, nationally and internationally. Some crime and security phenomena, such as terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime, often transcend state and country borders, widening their threats beyond the security and welfare of those in the immediate vicinity, to those living thousands of miles away. We address this through our cross-disciplinary Security ASRI, which encompasses a research focus on Policing and Crime Reduction, Forensic Linguistics, Cyber Security and Social Conflict. The main vehicle for this focus is our cross-disciplinary, cross-School Secure Societies Institute (SSI).

The SSI encourages and facilitates the development of pioneering, world-leading research, focusing on reducing real crime and security problems at both national and international levels. By acting as a generator and facilitator of ideas and collaborations, the SSI encourages a problem-orientated approach to solving different crime and security related problems, in partnership with different crime and security focused practitioners, including; police, security personnel, various national and international organisations charged with reducing and countering crime and security threats, and local and national governments.

Current SSI themes include

  • Crime (e.g. crime prevention - reducing burglary, domestic abuse, hate crime; criminal justice, sexual offending, child homicide).
  • Policing (e.g. investigative decision making, forensic science, self-selection policing, police wellbeing, counter terrorism, forensic linguistics)
  • Security and cybercrime (e.g. radicalisation, the Prevent agenda, terrorism and political violence, identity theft, internet fraud, cyber security).