Tackling the crime-terror nexus in UK prisons: strategies, perceptions and recommendations

Research Institution / Organisation

Staffordshire University

Principal Researcher

Hannah Bennett

Level of Research


Project Start Date

September 2019

Research Context

The purpose of this study is twofold. The first is to identify what the current strategies are to tackle the crime-terror nexus within UK prisons and then elicit whether public servants have confidence and trust in these strategies. The interviews will enable a critical engagement of the four work strands within the UK's Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST): Prevent, Pursue, Protect, and Prepare, to identify whether public servants have confidence and trust in this approach to tackle the networking inside UK prisons. The second is to provide recommendations from interpretative thematic designed interviews and analysis, that aim to tackle crime-terror nexus inside UK prisons.

Research Methodology

The study has three research questions which require me to gain a rich and complex understanding of the participants' experience in order to be answered. Therefore, the study has a constructivist ontological orientation and an interpretivist epistemology position. The methodology for the study will be an abductive approach with an overall qualitative research design.

Firstly, I will conduct a literature review to examine what others have researched and written on this theme. Then, I will use a range of secondary sources to collect information about policies and initiatives that theoretically aim to minimise the networking of criminals and terrorists inside UK prisons.

In order to test the theory against public servants and prison officer's perceptions, I will be using qualitative interviews to elicit whether the participants have confidence and trust in the current strategies aimed at tackling the crime-terror nexus inside UK prisons. I will also use these interviews to produce recommendations as to what the participants perceive to be the most appropriate strategies to tackle the crime-terror nexus within UK prisons. 

If you would like to take part in the study or have any questions about the research, please contact Hannah on hannah.bennett@research.staffs.ac.uk

Interim reports and publications

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Date due for completion

September 2022
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