Safety and Security of Citizens and Society

The news bombards us with stories about dangerous sexual predators, food scandals and astonishing crimes. At NTU, we're taking action. Our research reveals how we can make society safer, improve the criminal justice system and confront challenges head on.

We are widely recognised for our outstanding research in public safety and security. In 2015, we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for our research in three areas:

  • x-ray based security scanners
  • food safety
  • food authenticity

Our researchers are recognised for innovative projects in areas of diverse as rehabilitating sex offenders, improving driving safety, and combating food fraud.

Find out more about Safety and Security of Citizens and Society research at NTU, including impact case studies and information on groups and centres, by searching our research.

Some of the challenges we are focusing on

  • How do we combat food fraud?

    The nature of the food supply chain leaves businesses vulnerable to food fraud. Minor mistakes such as mislabelling can cause a major risk for reputation.

    Using DNA-based approaches, we explore the common hurdles and threats faced by companies operating in the food industry including authenticity, safety and security.

    Our Food Science and Technology research explores:

    • Production and manufacturing technologies of food
    • New product development
    • Quality assurance and microbiology
    • Legal aspects of the food industry

  • Is there a way to prevent gambling addition?

    Researchers at out International Gambling Unit (IGRU) study attitudes towards gambling, game playing, Internet usage and other interactive technologies. Their findings help identify people who might experience behavioural problems and create suitable prevention strategies.

    The unit has an international reputation for educational tools, intervention programmes, training and designing social responsibility tools. Our researchers have also won numerous awards for their significant influence on gaming and gambling policy.

  • Can cognitive psychology help us understand our perception and actions?

    The Cognitive Research Group at NTU combines traditional laboratory experiments and applied research to answer big questions.

    We have a range of facilities:

    • Eye-tracking
    • EEG suite
    • EMG
    • TMS lab
    • Human Movement Lab
    • Driving Simulation Lab
    • Computational Modelling and Data Analysis Lab

    Our research in this field directly improves the safety and security of citizens. We've worked on the face and voice identification, CCTV monitoring and transport safety.

    "We believe there is scope to 'gamify' a range of training interventions to improve driver safety. A training aid like this would be very simple to implement on a web platform and could ultimately save lives"
    Professor David Crundall, School of Social Sciences

  • Is there a way to reduce sexual offences?

    The Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit at NTU works closely with HMP Whatton (the largest sex offenders prison in Europe) to design interventions that reduce and prevent sexual offences.

    Research at the unit also investigates the challenges prison climate, prevention of violence, self-harm and wellbeing of prison staff.

    As a result of their outstanding research, our experts helped create the Safer Living Foundation that supports sexual offenders following their release and reintegrates them back into society. The foundation has won numerous awards for its social and community impact.

    Read more about our research into tackling sexual abuse.

  • What should criminal justice look like?

    The Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice explores criminal law, criminal justice and human rights. Research carried out at the centre contributes to critical debates and heavily influences policy-making and law.

    Our respect research teams have devised effective training material for the police on hate crime, delivered consultation on the criminal trial process in Australia and worked with survivors of modern slavery.

  • How can we apply research to crime prevention?

    The Quantitative and Spatial Criminology group analyse victimisation risk and patterns of offending. The work they do supports crime prevention agencies such as the police, housing authorities and manufacturers of security products.

    Our research significantly underpins the Home Office's Modern Crime Prevention Strategy. Findings have informed recent developments that have noticeably reduced burglary incidences and repeat victimisation.

Key collaborators include

Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) Whatton, Safer Living Foundation, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, UK Home Office Science and Technology Group, East Midlands Special Operations Unit, The Attorney General's Department (South Australia) and Victim Support Agency (Victoria).

Our funders include

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), US Department of Homeland Security, National Offender Management Service, British Academy, Food Standards Agency, Fire Service Research & Training Trust, The Drinkaware Trust, and Norsk Tipping.

Safety and Security of Citizens and Society

Published on 24 October 2017

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