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Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster

Researcher

Summary

I'm currently working as a researcher with CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research) inside CCRC. Primarily, my research interests fall somewhere between the information systems side of computing, knowledge management, and criminology. Of particular interest is the intersection and application of these disciplines within the security domain. In this regard, I am currently studying towards a PhD triangulating these interests in relation to their application in intelligence-led initiatives to combat Human Trafficking by the police, with the ultimate objective of developing a target operating model of effective practice for knowledge and intelligence management.

  • About

    I'm currently working as a researcher with CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research) inside CCRC. Primarily, my research interests fall somewhere between the information systems side of computing, knowledge management, and criminology. Of particular interest is the intersection and application of these disciplines within the security domain. In this regard, I am currently studying towards a PhD triangulating these interests in relation to their application in intelligence-led initiatives to combat Human Trafficking by the police, with the ultimate objective of developing a target operating model of effective practice for knowledge and intelligence management.

    Further to this, I have experience in working on a range of collaborative interdisciplinary security focused research projects alongside individuals and organizations from across Europe, integrating the skills of law enforcement, industry practitioners and policy makers, enterprise technology and solutions providers, and commercial and academic research partners. I currently work on a number of projects, including the FP7 funded ePOOLICE project focusing the on the use of text analytics and information retrieval tools to support open-source environmental scanning to enable the early detection, pursuit and prevention of organised crime, the EU funded COURAGE project seeking to define a future research agenda for cybercrime and cyberterrorism through prolonged engagement with domain stakeholders, and the DG-Home Affairs funded UINFC2 project centred around enhancing stakeholder engagement in response to the illegal use of the internet for the purposes of child exploitation through the use of data-mining.

    Knowledge Management; Information Systems; Intelligence-led Policing; Security; Human Trafficking

  • Teaching

    Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences

    • ePOOLICE
    • COURAGE
    • UINFC2

  • Research

    • Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

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