Case Studies

Find out how Partnership research is being used to improve policy and practice.

Development of world’s first end-to-end verifiable voting system

Researchers in the University of Surrey’s Department of Computing led by Professor Steve Schneider, with Dr Chris Culnane as lead system architect, have developed the world’s first end-to-end verifiable electronic voting system.

Transformational work on Phase-based x-ray detection

Researchers from the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at UCL are working to develop imaging technology that could produce a new generation of more sensitive inspection systems , leading to improved security at airports and elsewhere. 

Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the Security Impact of Drones

The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) has developed extensive expertise in the area of drone policy in the United Kingdom, focusing on military and civilian uses of the technology, strategy and operability, ethics and legality, proliferation and regulation, and the future of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.

Extracting critical information from sensor measurements

Modern electronic communication and surveillance systems based on radar and other sensors rely on advanced signal processing algorithms and techniques for the extraction of information.

Pioneering New Work in Online Child Protection

Big Data linguistic research is pioneering a new field in online child protection called Digital Persona Analysis (DPA), automating the process of detecting sexual predators online who masquerade as children.

Development of New Generation Portable Neutron Detectors

New research is enhancing the development of portable neutron detectors, a crucial tool needed for detecting the illicit trafficking of radioactive material that could be used to make nuclear and dirty bombs.

Conflict in cities and the contested state

New research explores how cities in Europe and the Middle East have been shaped by ethic, religious and national conflicts helps us to understand what role these cities can play in transforming the conflicts that surround them.

Mapping names to establish cultural, linguistic and ethnic affinities

A groundbreaking name classification tool is used by healthcare organisations and local government to deliver targeted services to specific ethnic groups, and in ACORN, the major commercial geo-demographic classification service. It is used to create an online and physical tool to engage the public with ideas of identity and genetics.

Development of a UK e-infrastructure strategy

UCL research supported the development of the 2011 Strategy for the UK Research Computing Ecosystem, recommendations from which have informed government decisions to set up an advisory E-Infrastructure Leadership Council and to allocate £354 million to improving the UK’s high-performance computing capabilities and wider infrastructure.

Secret science: chemical and biological warfare research and policy in Britain

The development of chemical and biological warfare in Britain is surrounded by secrecy and controversy. Professor Brian Balmer’s research has made him a leading commentator on this aspect of national defence policy, and as such he has had a major impact on public and professional awareness and understanding.

Coping with the legacy of terrorism: preventing political radicalisation of young people

More than 3,500 people were killed in the 30 years of the Northern Ireland Troubles compared with 2,996 people killed in a few hours on 9/11.

Working towards a more secure world: the role played by Europe

Global security has become more diffuse and irregular since the end of the Cold War. Europe’s role in regional and global security is marked by its ability to put agreements into practice through a larger security community consisting of European and North American states as well as key regional organisations. 

Effective computer security: the human-centred approach

The human-centred approach to computer security developed at UCL has transformed the delivery of effective security by UK government and industry, forming the cornerstone of security practices in corporations around the world.

Uncovering experiences of forced labour in the United Kingdom

New research that documents the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in the United Kingdom helps us to understand the cause and solutions to confronting the issue of forced labour.

Security in a networked Africa

With violent conflict the cause of thousands of deaths in Africa each year, new research explores the complexity of politics in Africa and the key role unofficial institutions play in responding to conflict and rebuilding states.

Identity management and the future

New research conducted with citizens in the UK and US has broadened our understanding of current attitudes towards identity management and how citizens will engage with new identity management technologies in the future.