About Us

Security Lancaster delivers research and education that innovates and creatively challenges the way that individuals, organisations and societies secure and protect themselves. 

We engage and collaborate with companies from a range of sectors and governments. Our approach delivers the very best use-inspired and pure research alongside cutting-edge education that delivers real impact.

Lancaster University has a long history of providing world-class research and training on issues relating to the safety and security of UK society. Currently, our activities deliver ground-breaking research and postgraduate training through programmes as diverse as an MA in conflict, development and security and an MSc in cybersecurity. We work with Doctoral Training Centres actively researching security related areas and have recently been awarded Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ and the EPSRC.

The success of this activity has led the University to establish a centre of excellence called Security Lancaster. This Centre will integrate behavioural, management, social and technological research to address contemporary issues relating to the security of individuals, organisations and society. The Centre will position itself as a hub of excellence that delivers useful research and disseminates knowledge through taught postgraduate programmes, professional development programmes and other business engagement initiatives.

Our Strategy

  • Deliver world-leading research in Security Sciences by balancing basic research with use-inspired and applied research to ensure its work remains both theoretically rich and relevant to societal needs and priorities.
  • Cultivate Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Security by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through the sharing of facilities, the creation of networks of like-minded individuals, and through the development of a 'social infrastructure'
  • Deliver Excellent Security Education through multi-disciplinary training programmes for future scientists and industry practitioners

The overarching aim of the Centre is to derive additional capability for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Centre will be driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter will be achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry and practice partners, facilitated by a dedicated partnership management team.

National and International Impact

Security Lancaster will prioritise making contributions in three areas: cybersecurity, investigative expertise, and security futures. Among our key priorities will be to:

  • develop new mechanisms to increase the resilience of the Future Internet and security of communications therein
  • address cybersecurity challenges posed by embedded devices and mobile/wireless network infrastructures
  • develop methods for sense-making of large, heterogeneous information sources such as online social networks and similar communication forums
  • develop methods for influencing and gleaning intelligence from cybersecurity behaviours and studying the use of identity in cybercrime
  • provide advice on how to respond to risks posed by unanticipated cyber threats
  • deliver specialised training to law enforcement and other security-related organizations
  • develop new methods of interacting with the public that is culturally-sensitive and effective at resolving suspicions
  • develop technologies that aid investigative decision making and analysis
  • develop a fundamental understanding of the motivations behind criminal activities to support prevention initiatives
  • create dialogue and collaboration on the future of cybersecurity in an age of digital geopolitics
  • bring together people from business, academia and the protection industries to create new perspectives on security and global politics.
  • develop inter-disciplinary techniques to generate new thinking about future scenarios that will be of use to a range of organizations confronted with a rapidly changing world.

The above list is not exhaustive and the Centre will be inclusive of all Security research at Lancaster. Hence, new areas of focus will be added to the Centre as they gather momentum and critical mass. For instance, there are already plans to add two major themes around child protection and aviation security. The above themes are not orthogonal either and significant overlaps already exist across the themes.

Security Lancaster will deliver innovative outcomes to the above questions through its multi-disciplinary approach. It will do so in partnership with government, industry and other organisations, in order to further current thinking in, and the economic prosperity of, the security sector.