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Security and Policing

Security and Policing Theme Lead: Dr Lewys Brace 

The Security and Policing theme at the IDSAI brings together researchers from the social sciences and computer sciences who are interested in the changing nature of the crime and security landscape, as well as new investigation, detection, prevention, and disruption measures. This includes, but is not limited to, the areas of cybercrime, cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, online disinformation, extremism, terrorism, transnational organised crime, the role of bid data in law enforcement, the use of machine learning in policing and associated ethical implications, and modelling policing and crime reduction. 
Researchers in this theme use a range of methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand online behaviours, applied data science methods to analyse large data sets, simulation of social behaviours, crime mapping/spatial analysis,  Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT). This theme links with research programmes at the Alan Turing Institute in Defence and Security and Data science for science and humanities. 
We welcome enquiries from doctoral, postdoctoral and faculty researchers in all disciplines interested in this theme. Please email Lewys at 

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