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Mapping the secret flights of rendition

Feature | 22 May 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The extent of 'rendition' – the controversial practice of transferring prisoners covertly between countries – can now be seen in a graphic way. The esrc-funded rendition project has developed an interactive map displaying the secret flights, draw ...

Torture by any other name

Feature | 17 May 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

The category of 'torture' has been used by western states to distinguish between the civilised and the uncivilised. The moral and political stakes are often simply too high for the british state to admit responsibility for such an act, according to r ...

Our nuanced attitude to war

Feature | 13 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

In the first major survey of foreign policy attitudes in britain, researchers have found that most people did not simply support or oppose the use of force on principle, but instead made a judgment based on various aspects of the situation.

Jihad after bin laden

Feature | 13 May 2011 | Academic, General public, International, Press/media, Schools

A sense of injustice, and not religious fervour, is the main motivator for people joining militant jihadism, according to research by a global uncertainties fellow.

Taking terror out of the community

Feature | 20 April 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

A new report from the religion and society programme highlights the importance of relationship-building between police officers and community members to prevent extremism among muslim youths.

Case studies

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Open justice for secret evidence

Case Study | 11 December 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

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.

Turning into an extremist

Case Study | 26 April 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Research by professor per-olof wikstrã¶m has been cited in two government initiatives – the anti-terrorism strategy contest and the prevent strategy, aimed at preventing violent extremism.

Press releases

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The 2012 olympic surveillance legacy

Press Release | 24 October 2011 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

The olympic and paralympic games are one of the most prestigious events in the world and in 2012 all eyes will be on london. What isn’t clear is what will happen to the high level security measures that will be left behind after the games.

Urban conflict and divided cities

Press Release | 12 May 2011 | Academic, Business, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Urban conflict is nothing new in cities like belfast, jerusalem and major cities in the middle east. An international conference at queens’s university in belfast explores how cities have been shaped by ethnic, religious and national conflicts.

Understanding conflict

Press Release | 03 February 2011 | International, Policymakers, Press/media

Researchers at oxford university will lead an interdisciplinary team of global experts in carrying out field studies and controlled experiments on exploring how ritual contributes to intergroup conflict and violence.

Young people try out an emergency exercise

Press Release | 18 March 2010 | Press/media

Swine flu, terrorist attacks and extreme weather have all been the subject of government preparedness exercises, but few people know what is involved in planning for emergencies.


Most recent grants

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Urgent invite - after woolwich: social reactions on social media

Professor Martin Innes | Sociology | 15 February 2014

The research will analyse social reactions to the murder of drummer lee rigby in woolwich on 22 may 2013 using social media data collected from twitter, blogs and other sources.   such data uniquely enable the tracking of the evolution of public ...

Public opinion and the syrian crisis in three democracies

Dr Thomas Scotto | 01 January 2014

Recent horrific events in syria have shocked politicians and publics alike. They also have played a key role demonstrating the importance of public opinion in foreign policy-making.   emphasising the effects of public opinion on foreign policy c ...

Administrative data service

Ms Melanie Wright | 01 October 2013

Access to administrative data for research is a positive public good. The ability to use these records - collected in the course of business by governmental and other bodies - and to link them can greatly enhance the ability to do the research modern ...

Security in scotland, with or without constitutional change

Dr Andrew William Neal | 01 September 2013

These six one-day seminars will bring together policymakers, politicians, practitioners and academics to explore the implications of constitutional change for security governance in scotland and the rest of the uk. If scotland votes for independence ...

Developing a shared society in northern ireland

Dr Jonny Byrne | Social Policy | 04 June 2013

Working within the northern ireland office (nio) over a six-month period the central aim of the project is to produce a body of knowledge and provide support, advice and critical engagement on issues surrounding building a shared society. The researc ...

Transforming insecurity through nonviolent grassroots networks

Dr Eric Herring | 01 June 2013

The research question is ‘how can nonviolent grassroots networks transform insecurity?’ security scholars and practitioners are often willing to engage with each other but unsure of how to go about it. The project bridges that gap. The re ...


Most recent outputs

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Key findings - esj0220631

Mark Webber | 13 January 2015 | Internat. Studies & Relations | End of Grant Report

Key findings - esj0220631

The limits of muslim liberalism

Zaheer Kazmi | 01 May 2014 | Newspaper

Review article (4000 words) of tariq ramadan's the arab awakening and bassam tibi's the shari'a state, in the los angeles review of books

Beyond muslim liberalism project (workshop and co-edited book)

Zaheer Abbas Kazmi | 01 May 2014 | Collaboration / Partnership

This strand of my research included a one-day workshop with a group of world leading academics from a variety of countries which is tied to a forthcoming volume which will be co-edited by dr faisal devji and myself. The workshop was held in associati ...

Free market islamism

Zaheer Kazmi | 01 May 2014 | Article (submitted)

Unpublished journal article under submission