This theme is concerned with understanding and developing novel and effective responses to a complex range of inter-related global processes that create risk and vulnerability and threaten the physical and emotional security of individuals, communities and societies.
These include: growth of transnational crime, fraud and the illicit economy, poverty, inequalities, drug and alcohol misuse, protest, violence, extremism, radicalisation, and hate.
Our work with a range of partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries reaches beyond academia to civil society, government and international policing and legal systems. We draw on Teesside University’s diverse historical, cultural, economic, social, technological and scientific expertise. Our work has included tackling the online trade of fake medicines, in partnership with Interpol; the development of alcohol screening and interventions targeted at high risk young people with Public Health England; high profile research into the issues of radicalism, radicalisation and hate; and urban design and connected technologies to promote sustainable living and improve quality of life for communities.
Examples of some of the diverse research questions explored within this Grand Challenge theme are:
Our work in this challenge theme draws on and is informed by work and expertise across all parts of the University, which includes amongst others:
Criminology, public health, policing, social policy, social science, forensic science, urban design, digital & cyber security, social networking, psychology, radicalisation & political extremism, engineering resilience, organised crime, the illicit economy and financing of crime, development of crime detection tools & technologies.
Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch is Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research in the School of Health and Social Care. Dorothy’s work aims to reduce the risks and harms of alcohol in society by bringing together the disciplines of public health and criminology regionally, nationally and internationally - She has won over £13 million in research grants from national and international sources and has published over 100 articles.Find out more
Professor Nigel Copsey is Professor of Modern History in the School of Design, Culture and the Arts. Nigel’s research expertise is in historic and contemporary manifestations of fascism and anti-fascism. He co-directs Teesside’s Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies (CFAPS) . and involved in a range of projects including include Challenging Youth Racism ( Big Lottery) and Dialogue About Radicalisation and Equality (H2020)Find out more
Research has found that almost half of North East paramedics have been subjected to alcohol-related physical assaults while on duty.
Researchers at Teesside University have been examining drug interventions for the treatment of childhood obesity and found that, although drugs have been found to aid weight reduction in older children, more work is needed to determine their efficiency and safety.
By Professor Matthew Feldman, from an article that first appeared in the Fair Observer.