The Crime and Security Research Institute brings together Cardiff University's significant interdisciplinary expertise in crime and security research.
The effective management of crime and security is one of the biggest challenges facing today's world. Our response to this challenge is to provide rigorous evidence and insight using innovative methodologies.
We have achieved international renown for our conceptual, methodological and empirical innovations that help tackle local, national and global crime and security problems.
Our work is organised around four key research units:
- Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) has particular expertise in topics related to the conduct of policing and social control.
- Distributed Analytics and Information Sciences (DAIS) group is a long-term, joint UK-US investment in basic computer science research to support multi-partner coalition missions.
- Violence Research Group (VRG) has a well established record of blending basic and applied approaches to inform policy and practice development for tackling violence and alcohol related harms.
- Open Source Communications, Analytics and Research (OSCAR) programme explores the impact of digital distortion and deception communicated via social media with a particular focus upon disinformation.
These groups have achieved significant impact upon policy and practise through co-defining problems, co-designing responses, and co-delivering solutions with our partners.
Our long-term collaborative relationships include:
- South Wales Police
- the Home Office
- UK and US militaries
- Counter Terrorism Command
- European External Action Service.