UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science


Design and technology solutions

The Design and Technology Solutions group has a diverse portfolio of research projects, including the evaluation of design-based interventions to reduce crime, the assessment of infrastructure vulnerability against biological, chemical and explosive attacks, and experiments on sensor technologies to detect the movement of people and vehicles. These projects have been funded by a variety of sponsors such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Ministry of Defence and the European Union.

Much of the research conducted by the Design and Technology Solutions group is policy-oriented. For example, Project MARC (developing Mechanisms for Assessing the Risk of Crime), which sought to assess the vulnerability to theft of electronic goods, resulted in a number of outputs (such as Cracking Crime through Design, published by the Design Council) and influenced the Home Office's increasing policy interest in design and crime.

Research group

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  • Dr Herve Borrion
  • Professor Kate Bowers
  • Dr Kevin Chetty
  • Professor Shane Johnson
  • Professor Gloria Laycock
  • Professor Richard Wortley
  • Professor Ron Clarke (Visiting)
  • Professor Paul Ekblom (Visiting)
  • Professor Ken Pease (Visiting)
  • Barry Webb (Visiting)

PhD students

  • Amin Amiri: Design of a multi-band ground penetrating radar antenna for crime and security applications
  • Cristina Borda Fortuny: Wideband reconfigurable antennas
  • Qingchao Chen: Passive sensing technology in wireless networks
  • Hashem Dehghanniri: Crime scripts validation and verification

Completed projects

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