Cardiff University

Crime and Security Research Institute

Cardiff University is world-leading in research, ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 REF for quality and 2nd for impact. Cardiff research grants and investment total tens of millions of pounds and attracts top researchers from around the world. We have a diverse student population with students coming from more than 100 countries and with a range of backgrounds. Our academic staff are driven by creativity and curiosity and many are leaders in their fields, creating a stimulating environment for learning.

The Crime and Security Research Institute brings together Cardiff University’s significant interdisciplinary research expertise in the fields of crime and security. The knowledge and expertise of those involved in our Research Institute has already directly influenced national government policy, contributed to the former UK coalition government’s plans and been cited in a White House press release.

The design and delivery of our research pivots around a core of four high-performing research units drawn from across all three colleges within Cardiff University.

  • Police science: the Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) has particular expertise in topics related to the conduct of policing and social control.
  • Security and defence applications of computer science and artificial intelligence: the Distributed Analytics and Information Sciences (DAIS) programme is a long-term, joint UK-US investment in basic research to support multi-partner coalition missions.
  • Violence and alcohol related harms: the Violence Research Group (VRG) has a well established programme that blends basic and applied approaches to inform policy and practice development in this area.

The impacts of online communication (or social media) for counter-terrorism and national security – the newly established Open Source Communications, Analytics and Research (OSCAR) group explores the impacts of social media on liberal democracies with a particular focus upon disinformation.