22nd Sep, 2018

Terrorism and intelligence projects at Coventry University win funding

Correspondent 20th Jun, 2017

THREE projects tackling terrorism, security and intelligence undertaken at Coventry University have won funding.

They include research into terrorist and extremist groups, to gain a better understanding of decision-making and levels of violence.

The work also includes investigation into how law enforcement organisations can plan better for future security threats.

The projects have been selected for funding from more than 80 submissions nationally, the university says.

Professor Mike Hardy, executive director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, said: “We are very pleased that all three submitted projects have received funding.

“They all examine issues that are very important and relevant to the world today and their findings will be important for informing new policy thinking and should have a real impact.”

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.”

Only eight projects nationally won £900,000 funding in total from the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), which is led by a consortium of UK universities.

Coventry University’s successful applicants are all from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations.

The applicants and their project titles are:

Dr Joel Busher – The internal brakes on violent escalation: a typology and guide for security and intelligence practitioners

Professor Math Noortmann with Professor Juliette Koning at Oxford Brookes University – Imaginative scenario planning for law enforcement organisations

Professor Rosalind Searle – Assessing and mitigating the impact of organisational change on counterproductive work behaviour: an operational (dis)trust based framework.

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