Crime and security
Research within the crime and security theme builds on a widely and nationally recognised reputation for expertise in this arena and is concentrated on the development and application of new methodologies and future technologies for the crime and security sector.
Specifically, our research addresses two major thrusts, public protection and crime detection and resolution.
Research in Environmental Health and Public Protection. Teesside University's Environmental Health and Public Protection research theme builds on a widely and nationally recognised reputationfor expertise in this arena and is concentrated on the development and application of new methodologies to safeguard individuals and organisations.
- major collaborative project within the food standards agency and regional local authorities ensuring the safety of food in SMEs
- research in to the application and impact of social marketing approaches to food safety interventions, food safety regulation and controls
- application of the role of social cognition theory in the adoption, initiation and maintenance of key food safety behaviours in SMEs including normative influences, self efficacy and outcome expectancies
- environmental crime mapping and spatial analysis
- research into the impact of under aged smoking intelligence gathering and enforcement strategies upon public health, in collaboration with local authorities throughout the North East region.
Crime detection and resolution research involves improving the capabilites of the police, forensic and other security services and institutions in terms of detecting evidence for criminal activity and breaches of security, and improving methodologies and approaches to the response and management of these incidents.
- work on a revolutionary automated spectroscopic scanner for scenes of crime
- micro and nanosystems for miniaturised diagnostic systems
- improved identification and analysis of fragmented human remains using FT-IR
- determination of the cause of traumatic injury in the body and enhancing methods of human identification (criminal contexts) and verification (security contexts).
Collaboration in these areas exists with many leading institutions, both nationally and internationally. Examples of on-going collaborations include those with universities in the UK (such as Durham, Southampton and Birmingham) and international (such as Helsinki, Finland and Sassari, Italy), as well as organisations such as the Trading Standards Institute and the Food Standards Agency.
New technologies and methods developed by staff within the Technology Futures Institute are already being applied to the crime and security field, while enterprise activity has successfully exploited this group’s acknowledged expertise within the region and further afield.
Leverhulme Trust funded Body Modifications project
- Liberty Horner