PhD WORKING TITLE
Mathematical modelling to establish the effectiveness of countermeasures to radicalisation
A comparison of the spread of extreme protest behaviours through two activist networks
BA(Hons) in Mathematics, Oxford University
MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology, UCL
9 years as a civil servant.
I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
Hampshire, but have also lived in Malvern, Oxford, Cheltenham, Singapore, Afghanistan...
WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
I wanted to combine my experience from working in a security focused government department with my academic background, with the intention of carrying out research that will be useful, insightful and new.
Mathematical modelling of social systems.
Studying how behaviours propagate through a social network.
WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING
I'm a jack of all trades when it comes to hobbies - I love to try new things but I do all of them quite badly! I particularly enjoy horse riding and skiing, and I'm quite partial to wine tasting.
MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
I'd like to put my PhD to good use, ideally in a job that allows me to use my mathematical modelling experience to solve specific security problems. Alternatively I would be interested in continuing my research, either in an independent think tank or security consultancy.
WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM
Any organisation interested in how security threats can be prevented through studying social conditions, or organisations interested in using modelling and simulation to answer questions about social issues.
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Penny, R., Bowles, R., and Bouhana N. (2013). "Social Network Modelling for Counter Extremism" in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications.
70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco (November 2014) - Presenter
Inaugural VOX-POL Conference: "Violent Online Political Extremism: Setting a Research Agenda", London (August 2014)
8th International Crime Science Conference, London (July 2014)
National Security Conference 2014: Protecting our Nation from Evolving Threats, London (January 2014)
3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH), Reykjavik, Iceland (July 2013) - Presenter
7th International Crime Science Conference, London (July 2013) - Poster presenter
6th International Crime Science Conference, London (July 2012)
National Security Conference 2012, London (July 2012)
Counter Terrorism: Protecting the Nation from Evolving Threats, London (February 2012)