The Crime and Security Research Institute uses the existing expertise of research groups from across the university sector.
The Universities' Police Science Institute
The Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI), which is part of Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI), was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing. Since its inception it has secured in excess of £5million external funding from various policing and governmental agencies. Combining academic rigour with a strong focus upon policy and practice, it has achieved international renown for its innovations in designing, developing and assessing new solutions to policing problems. The Institute's work ranges from 'problem-finding' to 'problem-solving' across the full spectrum of policing.
The Violence Research Group
The Violence Research Group has generated practical solutions to violence at local, national and global levels. The group is part of Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute.
Our research focuses on:
- understanding the causes of violence and producing real-world applications to help prevent it
- examining violence prevention initiatives, working with service providers - health agencies, social services, criminal justice agencies, local government and voluntary sector
- evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the psychological, social and economic impacts of violence
- translating effective innovations into local, national and international policy and practice.
Our strength and reputation comes from the interdisciplinary research across the fields of medicine, public health, dentistry, criminal justice, police, psychology, materials science and economics. Additionally, we have an extensive record of innovation and contributions to policy and violence prevention.
We collaborate with DECIPHer. DECIPHer is the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement and brings together leading experts to tackle public health issues. DECIPHer has a particular focus on developing and evaluating multi-level interventions that will have an impact on the health and well-being of children and young people.
Distributed Analytics and Information Science Group
The International Technology Alliance in Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS ITA) is a joint US/UK research programme set up to unlock the potential of “big data” and “fast data” in front line situations, where people and computer systems need to collaborate in a coalition of multiple agencies. Recent advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and network science have greatly improved the capabilities of technology to assist coalitions working together in rapidly-changing situations, such as major disasters, to make people safer.
Crime & Security Research Institute (CSRI) Co-Director Prof Alun Preece is the UK academic lead for the DAIS ITA programme and heads the Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS) research group, based at the CSRI.
The DAIS group brings together colleagues from Cardiff’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences with specialist expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, social computing, signal processing and distributed computing.