CSRI Welcomes New Co-Director Professor Simon Moore
The Crime and Security Research Institute has announced the appointment of Professor Simon C Moore, Director of the Violence Research Group, as its new Co-director. Simon will replace Professor Jonathan Shepherd, who announced his retirement at the end of last year.
Professor Moore’s work is supported by UK and international funding from both research councils and the National Institute for Health Research. He leads a large ESRC, MRC and ARUK funded data linkage project looking to link health data with other source of data to better understand pathways into harm, and collaborates on a Welsh Foundation funded Airbus Defence and Space project developing surveillance technology to protect our communities from harm.
Professor Moore was publicly appointed by the Welsh Minister for Health as an advisor to the Welsh Government on matters relating to alcohol misuse and substance abuse, and chaired the advisory panel (APOSM) recommending that minimum alcohol unit pricing be implemented in Wales. He led the authorship of the report to the Welsh Government, and has also contributed to reports on tramadol dependency and substance misuse in the elderly, and to the Welsh Government's Public Health White paper (2014).
Professor Simon Moore said: “The safety and security of our communities can be undermined by any number of internal and external forces. Careful research can contribute to a better understanding of what these forces are and how best to challenge them, allowing academics an opportunity to contribute to the good of society. Such work however needs a broad range of skills and opportunities to work with a range of organisations involved in similar endeavours. Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute provides the perfect environment to bring together the needed skills, people and resources to make a genuine difference. I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute, Professor Martin Innes, said “we are excited to be working more closely with Simon and his team, as he takes over as lead for the Violence Research Group. In particular, his work on new technologies and the application of new methods to research fits really well with how we see the Crime and Security Institute developing into the future."