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.


Diverse research questions explored

Examples of some of the diverse research questions explored within this Grand Challenge theme are:

  • How can we effectively and humanely respond to the global migration and refugee crisis, in a way that works for all?
  • How can we challenge the rise of extremist and radical politics and fundamentalism?
  • How can we break the links between poverty and long term life chances, to create a fairer society?
  • How can we employ design and technology to reduce risk and improve the quality of life and security of our citizens whilst maintaining personal freedom and privacy?
  • How can we increase trust in and the effectiveness of our policing and criminal justice systems?


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.


Research leads

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch is Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research in the School of Health & 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.

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Professor Nigel Copsey

Professor Nigel Copsey

Professor Nigel Copsey is Professor of Modern History in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law. 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)

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Resilient and secure societies news

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Study highlights issues alcohol causes for ambulance staff

Research has found that almost half of North East paramedics have been subjected to alcohol-related physical assaults while on duty.

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Calls for more research to determine best treatment for childhood obesity

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.

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Islam and the Far Right: Is Bigotry Back?

By Professor Matthew Feldman, from an article that first appeared in the Fair Observer.