Research projects in Crime, Justice and Security


Below is a selection of projects taking place under the theme of Crime, Justice and Security

Lead by researchers primarily from the School of Law, Policing and Forensics, these projects will give you an insight into the wide range of research that takes place, and the impact it has both in our local community and across the globe. 

Finding Treblinka Project

This ongoing research project aims to use innovative forensic archaeological techniques to investigate the former Nazi extermination and labour camps at Treblinka. Over the last twelve years, the team have devised new methodologies that account for the ethical and religious sensitivities, successfully located mass graves, gas chambers and other buildings, curated new exhibitions, and identified new archival evidence and witness testimonies.

Forensic Exchange – Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project

Virtual Reality Simulation Systems (VRSS) use games technology to develop virtual reality simulations for teaching and learning in immersive realistic 3D virtual environments.

How can new narratives involving communities create non-political contexts for World War One?

The aim was to help new generations understand the Battle of Cambrai from a community perspective with exclusive access to the founder of the World War One Mark IV tank D51 and communities in France and worldwide. The objective was to create new narratives using interview and documentary methods to create a film explaining the aftermath of war from the community perspective rather than a political narrative position.

Living Legacies 1914-18 Digital Centenaries Festival

To mark the centenary of World War One the project was invited by Queen’s University Belfast with funding from AHRC to exhibit filmed research of World War One content. The work was exhibited at the event and the film is now archived as part of the centenary in the Public Records Offices of Northern Ireland.


The Hawthorn Crater Redoubt - New technology and new interpretation

The interdisciplinary academic approach applied the techniques of Graham’s film and history research with Production House in France with Deborah the Tank and the Battle of Cambrai to work with communities at Beaumont Hamel at Hawthorn Crater to create new narratives in the history of the Battle of the Somme in World War One.

Using film narratives to understand the topography of The Battle of The Somme July 1st 1916

Supported by HEIF funding and Erasmus, the aim is to bring history alive and to the classroom and museums to educate using film narratives and image to support traditional history texts and narrative forms.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021