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Crime, conflict, food chain fraud, and modern slavery are all issues in the agriculture industry. The Research Group takes on these threats...

The Rural Security Research Group is an interdisciplinary team brought together to help identify and address emerging risks to the rural economy, food chain and society from such diverse global threats as crime, conflict, food chain fraud and malfeasance.  

The team is comprised of staff with a variety of skills and experience across the criminal justice sector, social science, criminology, civil-military co-operation and land management. The team are active in both research and advisory roles to a range of institutions and are supported by a number of national and international sponsors. 

The Rural Security Research Group offers a point of contact for information, advice and expertise, highlighting and demonstrating best practice within the rural community and beyond.

The group has a wide range of interests but currently members are focused on counterfeit pesticides, farm crime and prevention, rural domestic violence and modern slavery in agriculture.

What do we do? 

The Rural Security Research Group aims to promote and support a range of activities in areas of current and emerging interest in the area of rural security. We are active in three main areas:

Conducting high-quality research:

  • Seek research funding from external sources.
  • Undertake innovative research.
  • Support research degree students in their research projects.
  • Produce academic publications and technical reports.

Contribute to policy debates:

  • Undertake evaluations and reviews of policy and practice.
  • Provide accurate and impartial media commentary.

Provision of training:

  • Development and delivery of bespoke training to clients working in the areas of rural security.

Key areas of interest

  • Organised crime in the rural context.
  • Conflict and agricultural systems.
  • Emerging criminal risks to rural and food business.
  • Modern slavery in agricultural systems and food chains.
  • Hate crimes in the rural environment.

Group members

Click on a profile for details of their research expertise and projects they are currently involved in:


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