Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security

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The Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security (CCHPS) aims to examine the causes, consequences and development of effective and cost-effective interventions related to crime harm and security at a regional, national and international level in order to find solutions to national and global issues through multi-disciplinary approaches (as stipulated in the Teesside 2020 strategic plan and the strategic transformational change document).

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch is the Director of the Centre. She leads the research theme of ‘experimental approaches to public health and crime research'.  Three academic directors lead the Centre’s key research themes: Professor Georgios Antonopoulos leads ‘criminological research’, Professor Nigel Copsey leads ‘extremism and harm prevention’ and Dr Georgios Papanicolaou leads ‘policing and security’. The Centre brings together those with combined interests across the University in analysis of human behaviours in relation to security, network security, data analytics for security and privacy, analysis, prevention and intervention of cybercrime and policing in cyber-crime. The centre engages with, law, psychology, education and social work to identify key multi-disciplinary approaches that explore the complex interplay between disciplines.

The Centre is characterised by:
• A vibrant research community, comprising academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.
• Links with stakeholders in the field who will ensure co-production of relevant research.
• Interdisciplinary scholarship, drawing on criminology, criminal justice, policing, social policy, security studies, humanities, history, social work, sociology and public health.
• Theoretical diversity, fostering conversations between colleagues working in differing disciplines and methodologies.

The Centre showcases the ways in which our excellent public-facing research is applied, addressing the technical aspects of crime, with a reach that will make a real difference outside of academia, reducing crime and building safer communities. This includes success stories of commercial exploitation of research as well as strategic engagement with non-academic stakeholders, local authorities grant awarding bodies, and networks such as: as the College of Policing Network committee; National Crime Agency; Ministry of Justice; Public Health England; the EU’s Horizon 2020; and so on. Community partners will be essential to the success of the Centre.

Membership of the group is shown below.

The steering group for the Centre is chaired by Professor Natasha Vall and has the following membership:

- Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch
- Professor Georgios Antonopoulos
- Professor Nigel Copsey
- Dr Georgios Papanicolaou
- Dr Ben Middleton
- Professor Paul van Schaik
- Dr Kimberly Collins
- Dr Diane Simpson
- Professor Louisa Ells
- Professor Alamgir Hossain

You can follow us on twitter @TUCCHPS or contact us at d.newbury-birch@tees.ac.uk.

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Alcohols Medicine & Life Sciences
Drinking Medicine & Life Sciences
Alcohol Drinking Medicine & Life Sciences
England Medicine & Life Sciences
organized crime Social Sciences
corruption Social Sciences
counterfeiting Social Sciences
police Social Sciences

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 1994 2020

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Exploring the links between unhealthy eating behaviour and heavy alcohol use in the social, emotional and cultural lives of young adults (aged 18–25): A qualitative research study

Scott, S., Muir, C., Stead, M., Fitzgerald, N., Kaner, E., Bradley, J., Wrieden, W., Power, C. & Adamson, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Appetite. 144, 8 p., 104449.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Qualitative Research
Feeding Behavior
Young Adult
Alcohol Drinking

Mass Indebtedness and the Luxury of Payment Means

Horsley, M. & Lloyd, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Crime, Harm and the Consumer Experience. Hall, S., Kuldova, T. & Horsley, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Copsey, N., 10 Jan 2019, Anti-Fascism in the Nordic Countries: New Perspectives, Comparisons and Transnational Connections. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 271-276 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Press / Media

MH The Expert Panel

Stephanie Scott


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Meaning of fascism today

Nigel Copsey


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Student theses

Public Ownership and the Labour Governments of 1945-1951: The Case of Steel Nationalisation

Author: Massey, C., 2012

Supervisor: Copsey, N. (Supervisor) & Howell, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Exploring the factors affecting the implementation of tobacco and substance use interventions within the secondary school setting

Author: Waller, G., 15 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Newbury-Birch, D. (Supervisor), Finch, T. (External person) (Supervisor) & Giles, E. L. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis