New research on security threats announced by UK’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats

Monday, 19 June 2017

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Eight projects to address some of the security threats facing the UK have been announced by the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), which will include a partnered project by an Oxford Brookes University researcher.

After a rigorous and independent review process, these projects (subject to contract) were selected from more than 80 applications to CREST’s recent commissioning call. CREST offered £900,000 to fund innovative economic, behavioural and social science research relevant to understanding and mitigating contemporary security threats. 

Professor Juliette Koning, Professor in Organisational Studies at Oxford Brookes Business School with Professor Math Noortmann at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations of Coventry University will launch a study entitled Imaginative Scenario Planning for Law Enforcement Organisations.The project, in collaboration with scholars from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, will investigate how law enforcement organisations in the UK and the Netherlands understand the policies of, and strategic planning for future security threats. 

Bringing together expertise in law, politics and security, organisation studies and creative methods, scenario planning and systems resilience, and gaming and new media, the one-year project will also research how scenario planning can be applied to support organisations to become more imaginative, creative and holistic towards multiple future scenarios.

The successful applicants promise to deliver theoretical innovation that will make a real difference to the work of the security and intelligence agencies.

Professor Paul Taylor, Director of CREST

Professor Juliette Koning said: “Scenario planning is a tool for organisations to anticipate unpredictable futures but it is not widely practiced in law enforcement organisations, since they tend to focus on short term operational and tactical planning.” 

Professor Math Noortmann added: “This project aims to identify the potential and competence for effective scenario planning practices by law enforcement organisations and improve their capability to envisage otherwise unimagined scenarios in the fields of security.” 

The project will begin later this summer. 

Speaking about the announcement, the Director of CREST, Professor Paul Taylor said: “We continue to be impressed by the outstanding quality of responses to our call. The successful applicants promise to deliver theoretical innovation that will make a real difference to the work of the security and intelligence agencies. I am looking forward to working with them.”

More information about the successful applicants can be found on the CREST website at www.crestresearch.ac.uk/projects/