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Our Research

Research Projects

The International Centre for Policing and Security has had a vibrant research community since its inception and has a number of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research students engaged in research on various topics involving policing and security.

In addition, Centre staff conduct research projects for various sponsors, including police organisations, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and those involved with community safety.

Research Interests:

Brian Blakemore - Evaluation of policing activities, strategies, campaigns, working practices and recruitment; the role of higher education in the development of a professional police service; policing cyber terror and extremism, and environmental economics (i.e. the monetary valuation of activities or situations when there is no market mechanism to reveal a valuation).

Geoff Coliandris - Public protection; hate crime; violent extremism; terrorism; community safety; police culture; domestic abuse; police management; police reform; policing technology; organisational learning, management and leadership.

Gareth Cuerden (PhD Candidate) - Reporting hate crime and removing the barriers to hate crime reporting.

Dr Joana de Deus Pereira - The role of private security providers in the management of the "so called” migration crisis; its impact for the European Agenda for Migration and how do private security actors and defence industry shape the European migration management policy inside and outside the EU borders.

Mike Edwards - Understanding the degree of complementarity of specialist cyber services for commercial and public sector organisations in the southern area of Wales; counterterrorism, particularly cyberterrorism and terrorists’ use of the internet with a focus on cyber-psychology; the use of virtual and augmented reality in hostile environment training; analysis of language used by extremists groups in the online space and observable behaviour changes (online) which affect real-world behaviour and may constitute signals of radicalisation.

Dr James Gravelle - Tasking Demand Management Units (TDMU’S); community intelligence and the use of volunteers.

Sharan Johnstone - Security of personal data and the risks and vulnerabilities within the Internet of Things.

Prof. Christian Kaunert - Policing, criminal justice, terrorism and counter-terrorism; European security; EU justice and home affairs; EU’s area of freedom, security and justice; EU politics and European foreign policy; International Relations Theory and international and supranational organisations, and asylum, migration and borders.

Clive Perry - Community safety and staff development.

Prof. Colin Rogers - Community safety and a comparative study in the UK and Nigeria; application of domestic abuse policy by police officers in wales; the impact of the increasing use of police technology on the relationship between police and community; policing and mental health; hate crime reporting in Wales and the critical evaluation of police leadership styles in the 21st century.

Allison Turner - The impact of the new policing degree upon police culture.

Danied Welch (PhD Candidate) - Victim satisfaction and domestic abuse in Wales.

Dr Ikrom Yakubov - Intelligence (intelligence-policy relations; intelligence analysis; surveillance and covert cctivities); terrorism and counter-terrorism; international relations and security, and policing and security.

Current Research Being Undertaken by Staff at the International Centre for Policing & Security

2019

Gareth Cuerden (PhD Candidate) - 'Identifying the ‘Tipping Point’ to Reporting Hate Crime and Removing Barriers to Hate Crime Reporting in Wales: A Victim Led Approach'.

Prof. Christian Kaunert - ‘Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Countering Radicalisation in Europe’, Horizon 2020 Programme, European Commission: MindB4Act (Belgian Coordinator; Consortium Lead Elcano, Spain). Grant from: 1 May 2018 - 31 January 2021.

Prof. Christian Kaunert - ‘Explaining EU Action in Counter-Terrorism’, Jean Monnet Chair, Institute for European Studies, VUB: Lifelong Learning Programme. Grant from 1 September 2017 - 30 September 2020.

Prof. Christian Kaunert - ‘Virtually Excellent: Opening Europe to the World through Innovative Education’, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Institute for European Studies, VUB: Lifelong Learning Programme. Grant from 1 September 2017 - 30 September 2020.

Prof. Christian Kaunert - ‘Jean Monnet Summer School on European Policy-Making’, Jean Monnet Module, Institute for European Studies, VUB: Lifelong Learning Programme. Grant from 1 September 2016 - 30 September 2019.

Danied Welch (PhD Candidate) - 'A Critical Evaluation of Police Policy Implementation and Victim Satisfaction of Domestic Abuse in Wales'.

Current Research Being Undertaken by PhD Research Students at the Centre

Gareth Cuerden - 'Identifying the ‘Tipping Point’ to Reporting Hate Crime and Removing Barriers to Hate Crime Reporting in Wales: A Victim Led Approach'.

Sarah Greening - 'Assess the Role of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) Within Current International Methods of Community Policing'.

Nick McLain - 'The Relationship Between Policing Activity and Public Confidence in the Police: A Case Study of Gwent Police'.

Daniel Welch - 'A Critical Evaluation of Police Policy Implementation and Victim Satisfaction of Domestic Abuse in Wales'.

Previous Research Successfully Completed by PhD Research Students at the Centre

Dr James Gravelle - (2012) Rationalising Crime Calls: A study of Police and Customer Interaction, Pontypridd: University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales).

Dr Garry Thomas - (2015) A Critical Analysis of the Use of Community Intelligence in Local Neighbourhood Policing in South Wales, Pontypridd: University of South Wales.

Dr Amanda Milliner - (2016) Marginalised Groups and Police Interaction, Pontypridd: University of South Wales.

Dr Louise Skilling - (2018) Preventing Crime in Communities: A Critical Analysis of Community Safety in a Lower Income Neighbourhood in Nairobi, Kenya, Pontypridd: University of South Wales.