Professor Paul Taylor



Professor Paul Taylor is director of the UK’s hub for behavioural and social science for national security (CREST). Commissioned by the ESRC with funding from the UK intelligence community, CREST currently supports 143 researchers from 33 UK HEIs and SMEs who have, through their research and engagement activities, added value to training, investigative practices, and policies (see our recent independent evaluation).

Between 2012 and 2019, Paul was the inaugural director of the University’s institute for security research. Paul helped the institute establishe its socio-technical focus, housing staff and students from 10 departments and growing an interdisciplinary strength that defines Lancaster’s contribution to initiatives such as the EPSRC-NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security network, and the academic-industry engagement accelerator SPRITE+.

Paul's own research in security, safety and resilience has been supported by £16M of funding from the ESRC, EPSRC, EU and others. This work is published in computing, linguistics, management and psychology outlets (Google Scholar) and has led to several awards, including the EAPL mid-career award.

Paul is a full Professor at Lancaster University and the University of Twente, but he works outside of academia too. He helped establish a government research unit between 2006-2008 and, for his contribution to police investigations, he received a Commissioner commendation in 2005. He is a membership of a number of government science groups, sits on Imperial’s Data Science Institute’s advisory board, and has served as an editor and board member for the British Psychological Society. He was once on BBC Horizon and still has those wonky glasses.

Find Paul on Twitter: @ProfPaulTaylor

Find papers, data and materials: Personal website.

  • Cyber Security Research Centre (Psychology)
  • Security Lancaster (Behavioural Science)
  • Social Processes