All impact case studies (security and conflict)

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Detecting lies with new interview techniques

ESRC-funded cognitive research has led to increased lie-detection rates during interrogation, up from 58 per cent in standard methods to 72 per cent using the new process.


Open justice for secret evidence

Amendments to the Justice and Security Act 2013 following Dr Lawrence McNamara’s recommendations helped to ensure a better balance between national security and the principles of fair and open justice.

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Tackling Northern Ireland's flag problem

Research on how flag use affects tension between communities in Northern Ireland has transformed understanding and fed into reconciliation strategies.


Supporting justice for Bosnian war crime victims

An ESRC-funded project has helped strengthen the links between legal processes and war crime victims in Bosnia, supporting transparency and legitimacy for the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Policing crowds without force

New approaches to crowd psychology are helping police manage the potential for conflict in crowds while allowing people's rights to protest through dialogue and negotiation.


Transforming offender rehabilitation

An ESRC-funded project building upon pioneering research into how offenders move away from crime is transforming the practice of offender rehabilitation in the UK and beyond.

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Bringing academic insight to Northern Ireland talks

ESRC Fellow Dr Jonny Byrne's six month placement provided the Northern Ireland Office with a unique resource for analysing and understanding the contentious issues and challenges under discussion in the 2013 Haass Talks.

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Managing emergencies in the hotel sector

An ESRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership has provided robust risk management for InterContinental Hotels Group’s businesses around the world.

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Streamlining military operations

As a consequence of a review by Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) Fellow Professor Theo Farrell, programme management of reconstruction in Afghanistan has been strengthened and support to district stabilisation teams improved.


How our prisons perform

A study of public and private sector prisons by Professor Alison Liebling and Dr Ben Crewe influenced public and private sector bids for the prisons that are currently being market tested and changed management practices in prisons.


Turning into an extremist

Research by Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been cited in two Government initiatives – the anti-terrorism strategy CONTEST and the Prevent strategy, aimed at preventing violent extremism.

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Reviewing the DNA Database

Researchers pointed out flaws in the statistical evidence underpinning the DNA retention policy, leading to a revision of the scientific work.

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Safe web space for children

The UK Children Go Online project has had a substantial impact on the design of safeguards to protect children from harmful material on the internet.

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Environmental law website

A pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by ESRC researchers at Cardiff University, working in partnership with the UK Environment Law Association.

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Reducing drug risk

A collaborative CASE studentship between the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team has influenced new drug-related policy and practice.

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Security in war-torn countries

Research on security risks in post-conflict countries has led to significant input to the Prime Minister's Africa Commission, the World Bank and the UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Security.


Decision-making in rape trials

Research on biased jury decisions in rape trials informed Home Office legislation review and judicial assessments in New Zealand.

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