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Understanding Theft of 'Hot Products'. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, COPS, US Department of Justice

The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to preventing problems and improving overall incident response, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. More...

Copper Cable Theft - Revisting the Price- Theft Hypothesis

To test the commonly espoused but little examined hypothesis that fluctuations in the price of metal are associated with changes in the volume of metal theft.

Consistency and specificity in burglars who commit prolific residential burglary: Testing the core assumptions underpinning behavioural crime linkage

Behavioural crime linkage is underpinned by two assumptions: (a) that offenders exhibit some degree of consistency in the way they commit offences (their modus operandi [MO]); and, (b) that offenders can be differentiated on the basis of their offence behaviour. The majority of existing studies sample at most three crimes from an offender's series of detected crimes and do not examine whether patterns differ across offenders. Here, we examine patterns observed across the entire detected series of each sampled offender, and assess how homogeneous patterns are across offenders. More...

Human trafficking for labour exploitation: Innovative approaches to prevention, prediction and protection

Dr Ella Cockbain has recently been awarded a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Fellowship. The award is for a three-year study into trafficking for labour exploitation, under the mentorship of Professor Kate Bowers. The project is designed to improve understanding of and responses to labour trafficking, which is a recognised priority in the Home Office’s counter-organised crime strategy and research agendum. Key foci include assessing the scope, nature and impacts of labour trafficking and developing predictive models of risk, using empirically-substantiated individual- and area-level risk factors. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods will support a nuanced, multi-faceted assessment of this complex issue. The study will include a three-month international placement at the Netherlands Centre for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. The project has the support of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. More...

An exploratory study of the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK

We are pleased to announce UCL’s participation in a Nuffield-funded study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men. UCL is working with Barnardo’s and NatCen Social Research on this collaborative project, designed to find out more about the characteristics of male victims, their exploitation and support needs. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the UK to focus specifically on male victims. UCL researchers are conducting a large-scale analysis of over 9,000 suspected CSE cases (led by UCL’s principal investigator Dr Ella Cockbain) and an evidence assessment (led by Dr Helen Brayley). Our partners at NatCen (the consortium lead) are conducting in-depth interviews with professionals. We are working with young people and practitioners to receive feedback on our findings. The study is expected to inform responses to male victims, who have often been overlooked in research, policy and practice. More...

Dr Noemie Bouhana


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Noemie Bouhana

Dr Noemie Bouhana is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at the Jill Dando Institute, University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. She has an undergraduate degree from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon (France), a Maîtrise (MA) in Political Science from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (UK). She leads the department of Security and Crime Science's Countering Terrorism research group.

Dr Bouhana is both a political scientist and a criminologist by training, with a special interest in the contribution of criminological theory and research methodologies to an understanding of terrorism and radicalisation. Specifically, she is interested in the systemic and ecological processes involved in the emergence of radicalising settings, and the role that these settings, in turn, play in individuals' development of a terrorist propensity. Other research areas include issues related to the evaluation and implementation of threat reduction technologies, including counter-terrorism measures, as well as a long-standing interest in offender profiling and its limitations.

Most recently, Dr Bouhana completed a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of research on Al Qa'eda-linked radicalisation for the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (Home Office). She is now Principal Investigator of the IVEE (Individual Vulnerability, Exposure, Emergence) research project, a multi-pronged empirical study which will begin to test some of the hypotheses set out in the REA. This work is supported by a career development grant from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and sponsored by the National Offender Management Service.

Dr Bouhana is also co-Principal investigator of a research project on the unintended consequences of counter-terrorism measures on public transport funded by UCL Research Challenges, and a collaborator on a project entitled "Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security" (RIBS), funded under the European Union's FP7 Framework. She is also the recipient of ESRC funding. Previous work on the foundations of a scientific framework to support the "Winning Hearts and Minds" strategy was funded by the Science and Technology Counter-Terrorism Centre (UK Ministry of Defence).

Dr Bouhana has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, where her work has been associated with the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+), an ESRC-funded longitudinal study led by Prof. Per-Olöf Wikström.

She convenes the following Master's level courses at UCL: Thinking Scientifically (MSc in Crime Science); Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism); and Global Security Challenges (MRes in Security Science).

Bouhana, N. and P-O H. Wikström (2011). "Al Qa'ida-Influenced Radicalisation: A Rapid Evidence Assessment Guided by Situational Action Theory." Research, Development and Statistics, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. London: Home Office.

Bouhana, N. and P-O. H. Wikström (2010). "Theorizing Terrorism: Terrorism as Moral Action." Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, 2(2): 9-79.

Bouhana, N. (2010). Arson and Firesetting. In B.S. Fisher and S.P. Lab (eds.), Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. Sage Publications.

Bouhana, N. and P.O. H. Wikström (2008). Theorising Terrorism: A Scoping Study. Report to the Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre, Ministry of Defence, May. London: Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.

Bouhana, N. (2010). "Understanding Radicalisation." Testimony to the Caldicott Inquiry panel on Umar Farouk Abdulmumutallab. University College London, 22 April.

Bouhana, N. (2009). "Implementing Counter-IED Strategies: Learning from Crime Prevention." Office of Naval Research-sponsored workshop on "Countering the Threat of IEDs." University College London, 23 November.

Bouhana N. (2009). Invited presentation on "What Makes a Terrorist?" Global Uncertainties Network, Queens School, Bushey, 17 March.

Bouhana, N. & P.O. H. Wikström (2008). "Acts of Terrorism as Moral Action." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Saint Louis, MO, USA, 13 November.

Bouhana, N. & P.O. H. Wikström (2008). "Applying Situational Action Theory to Key Criminological Problems: Terrorism." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 5 September.

H. Borrion, N. Bouhana, H.Guo, K.Chetty, G.Smith, K.Woodbridge and C. J. Baker (2008). "Radar-based Technologies for Terrorist Detection." Paper presented at the NATO Science and Technology for Defence against Terrorism, Manheim, Germany, 24 April.

Lab, S.P., Sidebottom, A., Bouhana, N., Bowers, K., Johnson, S. And Townsley, M. (2007). "Crime Prevention and Displacement: Investigating Scripts for Offender Movements." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA, USA, 14 November.

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