CENTRIC is a research centre located in the Sheffield Hallam University, focusing on anti-terrorism and organised crime research.



CENTRIC is a component within Sheffield Hallam University's Industry & Innovation Research Institute. It is a multi-disciplinary platform linking both academic and professional expertise across a range of disciplines providing unique opportunities to further ground-breaking research.
The strategic aim of CENTRIC is to facilitate triangulation between four key stakeholders in the security domain:
  • Government
  • Academia
  • Public
  • Private industry
CENTRIC's mission is to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public to focus on applied research in the security domain.
Its principle research areas, developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and commercial sectors, are:
  • Applied knowledge management research in the security and intelligence domains with specific focus on terrorism and organised crime
  • Use of communication technologies (from surveillance systems to social media) in the promotion of public order, and the avoidance and resolution of crisis situations
  • Development of networks of expertise in cybercrime and cyberterrorism
  • Professional skill development for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) and other stakeholders
CENTRIC possesses particular expertise in the following areas:
  • Serious games for training
  • Security, society and the citizens
  • Communication and knowledge modelling for crisis management
  • Situational awareness and open source intelligence
  • Human traddicking, modern slavery and organised crime
  • Cybercrime and cyberterrorism
  • Counter terrorism
  • Intelligence management
  • Formal concept analysis (FCA)
  • Radicalisation safeguarding accreditation (RSA) training and certification


Further information:
Sheffield Hallam University: https://research.shu.ac.uk/centric/

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