Modern society faces complex and interrelated security challenges. Our strategic approach to these is an interconnected and interdisciplinary platform based around Cyber Security, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, and Law

For example, the development and availability of new technologies is frequently accompanied by increasingly sophisticated criminal activity and organised crime. It is important to consider cyber security in the development of new technology so that secure features are embedded at the outset, as well as being able to continue to test the security of cyberspace as new technological advances are made. 

Forensic psychology plays an important role in all aspects of the legal system by drawing on many areas of psychological science. Our researchers focus on child forensic interviewing, eyewitness memory, effective police training and guidelines, legal issues surrounding vulnerable victims, multiplex video environments, CCTV, camouflage, and individual differences. 

Our legal researchers focus on the European Union’s Area of Freedom Security and Justice treaty, as well as the external relationships that the EU has. Post-Brexit, the focus will shift to the changing legal relationship of the UK /Scotland with the EU in this policy area, and the responses of the UK/ Scotland to this changing situation. 

In Forensic Science, recent work includes tracing illicit drugs, detecting fingerprints on polymer banknotes and fabrics, and detecting fingerprints on feathers to identify wildlife crime. Members in the forensic science team include a mix of academics, researchers, former police officers, crime scene examiners, and forensic scientists. Research is conducted in collaboration with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST).