The core team of Director, Associate Directors and Associates is drawn from eight Departments and 3 Faculties. There are 8 professors, 4 lecturers, and 2 senior research associates. In addition, there are 36 Lancaster academic affiliates; and 25 non-Lancaster affiliates.
The core team has links with three Lancaster University Institutes/Centres: Institute for Social Futures (Nick Dunn; Sylvia Walby); Security Lancaster (Corinne May-Chahal; Sylvia Walby); and Institute for Data Science (Karen Broadhurst; Brian Francis).
We cooperate and coordinate our efforts in a variety of ways. Most importantly, we engage on how violence inflects or shapes our research fields. We jointly bid for funded research projects; run events; discuss relevant developments; and engage in public policy debate. The core group of Director and Associate Directors meets weekly.
Jude Towers is Doctor of Applied Social Statistics and a lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods at Lancaster University. She is an Associate Director of the Violence & Society UNESCO Centre.
Karolina Follis is Faculty Fellow in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and Security Lancaster. Trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist, she pursues interdisciplinary research on borders, citizenship, security and human rights.
Claire Hardaker is a Lecturer in forensic corpus linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at Lancaster University. She researches online aggression, deception, and manipulation. In particular, she has researched and worked alongside Twitter in pursuit of a safer internet.
Awais Rashid is Professor, Department of Computing and Communications, and Co-Director of Security Lancaster. Professor Rashid has developed techniques to tackle child sex offenders online, including the EPSRC/ESRC project Isis which resulted in novel digital persona analysis techniques to detect masquerading tactics employed by online offenders.
Sarah Becklake is an ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working at the intersection of tourism and (in)securities. Her research interests include mobilities, development, security, and inequalities.
Charlotte Barlow is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Law School. Her interests are domestic abuse and violence against women more broadly, in particular police and practitioner responses to domestic abuse. She is also interested in the ways in which domestic abuse influences women’s offending behaviour and pathways into crime.