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Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism

Human Factors Theory and Application, 1st Edition

Edited by Glyn Lawson, Alex Stedmon

CRC Press

390 pages

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This volume presents world-leading ideas and research that explores some of the most prominent topics relevant to detecting terrorism. The book is divided into six key themes: conceptualising terrorism, deception and decision making, social and cultural factors in terrorism, modelling hostile intent, strategies for counter-terrorism, and future directions. Twenty two chapters cover the spectrum of detecting terrorist activities, hostile intent, crowded public spaces and suspicious behaviour. The work draws from high impact research findings and presents case-studies to help communicate concepts. Specific areas of interest include methodological issues in counter-terrorism, counter terrorism policy and its impact on end users, novel research methods and innovative technologies in counter-terrorism. A variety of disciplines are represented by this work, including: ergonomics/human factors, psychology, criminology, cognitive science, sociology, political theory, art/design, engineering and computer science. This book not only expands the knowledge base of the subject area and is therefore of prime relevance to researchers investigating counter-terrorism, but provides a valuable resource to security stakeholders at policy and practitioner levels.


’This book has an important contribution to make to those seeking to develop counter-terrorism policy and practices informed by evidence-based scholarship. It contains a diverse set of reflections from around the world, inspired by a group of researchers who initially came together to consider ways of developing robust, reliable and ethical ways of detecting the covert activities of terrorists in crowded places. This book illustrates, in its scale and scope, the size and complexity of the challenge.’ Tristram Riley-Smith, University of Cambridge, UK ’The essays in this book provide an original set of insights into the genesis of terrorism and its actors. The exploration of terrorist psychology goes well beyond any legal textbook. Historical analysis is combined with demographic examination. Those who detect, disrupt and research terrorism on behalf of the public will find new and revealing material that provides important background for their work.’ Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation ’In this insightful and incisive text, Stedmon, Lawson and their many colleagues and co-contributors grapple with one of the most pressing issues for our species and our survival on this planet. They undertake to show how the integration of people and technology is at once the genesis of and potential solution to the vexed problems of contemporary asymmetric conflict, expressed through terrorism. But more than this, their crucial collective deliberations mandate that we consider what our future society can and should look like. These are issues at the very heart of the human enterprise. Thus, while both a timely and important text for the declared central concern for counter-terrorism and the place of human factors and ergonomics in that struggle, their work forces us to examine the inherent sub-text which asks and addresses persistent and perennial questions about the individual and their place in a communal and technologica

About the Editors

Dr Alex W Stedmon FIEHF CPsychol CSci FRSA is a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a Reader in Human Factors at Coventry University. He worked for the Ministry of Defence before moving into academia and explores human factors issues of technology use in security applications as well as contextual methods for investigating suspicious behaviours in various security related domains. Alex was one of the technical leads for a strategic security consortium (EPSRC project: ’Shades of Grey’) and received Centre for Defence Enterprise funding for projects on: human factors of automated CCTV; identifying human pheromones associated with deception; and collaborative intelligence information gathering. Alex has co-edited special issues of ’Applied Ergonomics’ (44/2013: ’Detecting terrorist activities: Hostile intent and suspicious behaviours’) and ’The Journal of Police & Criminal Psychology’ (28(2)/2013: ’Terrorism psychology: Theory and application’). Dr Glyn Lawson FIEHF - is a Lecturer within the Faculty of Engineering and a member of the Human Factors Research Group at The University of Nottingham. His research expertise includes the human-centred development of new technologies in design and engineering applications. Glyn has particular expertise in the evaluation of methods for predicting behaviour in emergency situations. He has also conducted research on deception detection and worked on requirements capture within the Security domain. Glyn is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and sits on the Education and Training panel. Glyn also co-edited the special issues of ’Applied Ergonomics’ and ’The Journal of Police & Criminal Psychology’ focusing on detecting terrorist activities and terrorism psychology.

About the Series

Human Factors in Defence

Human Factors in Defence
Human factors is key to enabling today’s armed forces to implement their vision to ’produce battle-winning people and equipment that are fit for the challenge of today, ready for the tasks of tomorrow and capable of building for the future’ (source: UK MoD). Modern armed forces fulfil a wider variety of roles than ever before. In addition to defending sovereign territory and prosecuting armed conflicts, military personnel are engaged in homeland defence and in undertaking peacekeeping operations and delivering humanitarian aid right across the world. This requires top class personnel, trained to the highest standards in the use of first class equipment. The military has long recognised that good human factors is essential if these aims are to be achieved. The defence sector is far and away the largest employer of human factors personnel across the globe and is the largest funder of basic and applied research. Much of this research is applicable to a wide audience, not just the military; this series aims to give readers access to some of this high quality work. Ashgate’s Human Factors in Defence series comprises of specially commissioned books from internationally recognised experts in the field. They provide in-depth, authoritative accounts of key human factors issues being addressed by the defence industry across the world.

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