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The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) has been awarded £5.3m by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, to produce new behavioural and social science research into security threats to the UK. Since launching in October 2015, CREST has brought together 140 researchers from 35 Higher Education institutions and SMEs who have, through their research and engagement activities, added value to security training, practices and policies. The grant announced today sees CREST funded until 2023 with £5.3m coming from the UK Home Office and security and intelligence agencies, and matched investments made by its core partners at the universities of Bath, Central Lancashire, Lancaster, Portsmouth, Handa CSTPV and University College London.

Meet the Team

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Dr Sarah Marsden

Senior Lecturer

Dr Benjamin Lee

Senior Research Associate

The Research