Transnational organised crime research and impacts

The Research Councils fund research into all issues related to crime, extending from motivations and factors driving criminal behaviour to approaches to tackle such drivers, as well as approaches and technologies to detecting and fighting criminal activities. Issues related to organised crime, often extending across borders and continents, are addressed as part of this research.

Gun crime: Taking the heat off the streets
The Engineering and Physical Research Sciences Council, the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police have combined to support the initiative, which explores long-term issues about preventing gun crime, protecting against such crime and assisting in the detecting it. This includes the reduction of the pool of illegal weapons in circulation as well as technologies to protect the public and police from criminals who unlawfully use firearms.

Networks in crime, security and terrorism

EPSRC Crime, Security and Terrorism programme has established a series of networks of scientists, collectively engaged and dedicated to the fight against crime. 

Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre
This EPSRC co-funded £17 million training centre is the first centre of its kind in Europe.  It works to build PhD research in security and crime science, including issues of protecting national infrastructures.

Warwick Centre for Analytical Science
The EPSRC funded centre works with the goal of becoming a major national and international hub for research and training in the analytical sciences, collaborating with instrument manufacturers, pharmaceutical and speciality chemicals companies and agri-business in order to develop new instrumentation and statistical methods.

The patterns, organisation and governance of economic crimes: enhancing the evidence base
This ESRC funded project aims to address the knowledge gap in the extent, organisation and control of economic crimes, with objectives to (i) analyse the best ways of classifying economic crimes, (ii) to analyse how different forms of financial crimes are organised and (iii) to show how businesses, police, governments and international bodies inter-relate in the area of economic crime and its control.

Isotope Profiling of Drugs: A Tool to Disrupt Organised Crime, Detect Serious Crime and Reduce Volume Crime
This research project addresses the needs within UK law enforcement agencies for forensic data to support intelligence-lead policing as well as the demands placed on them to achieve secure convictions, with the the Forensic Science Service identifying isotope profiling as a potentially powerful tool.

Cargo screening
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Home Office Scientific Development Branch has supported this initiative to address barriers to efficient and effective screening of cargo. The six multidisciplinary research projects funded as a result have helped to deliver innovative screening solutions.

Co-operative Crime: An Examination of Co-offending in England
This project was funded by the ESRC with a view to advancing the literature on co-offending and informing evidence-based policy to address it, more specifically to (i) provide a detailed descriptive profile of co-offending in an English context; (ii) identify variations in the extent and form of group offending across age, gender, crime type, and individual criminal careers, and; (iii) present predictive models of co-offending outcomes.

Early Prediction of Violence
MRC have funded this £1 million project to work towards achieving earlier prediction of violent behaviour, through a prospective longitudinal design that will be able to (1) chart the normative development of aggression in the first 3 years, (2) assess medical and social risk factors and (3) identify subgroups of aggressive children with different profiles of underlying deficits.

Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
This £9 million centre supported by the ESRC explores the dynamic relationship between migration and societal change, including issues relating migration to the state and governance, labour markets, integration and community cohesion.