Central to the Institute’s operating model is that research should start with a focus upon understanding the problems themselves, exploring how and why crime and security problems arise and providing novel solutions for them.

Our research is positioned around four main research themes, reflecting the established expertise of the academic research team:

  • behaviour change
  • data to decision
  • prevention and protection
  • neighbourhood to national security

In engaging with these themes, the Institute seeks to develop and utilise innovative methods that are able to shine new lights on the particular issues that arise. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach will allow us to develop new insights, evidence and knowledge about these issues.

Identifying security problems and addressing them with practical, well-researched solutions will support our overarching aim of reducing crime and increasing security, having impact on everyday communities as well as upon policy and practice. 

The Institute brings together experts from social science, public health, computer science, psychology, law, forensic linguistics, maths, engineering, architecture and business with a common aim - to solve existing and emerging problems using a range of interdisciplinary methodologies.



The Crime and Security Research Institute is involved in a number of ongoing research projects. Crossing different academic disciplines and collaborating with the local community, our projects provide new information and perspectives on the crime and security sector.


The Crime and Security Research Institute uses the existing expertise of research groups from across the university sector.


Working closely with established public, industry, and research collaborators enables us to ensure the work we carry out remains current and is of strategic importance to policy and practice.