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Risk and security management research

Explore our research in risk and security management, 1 of our areas of expertise in Business and Management

Risk and security management is about identifying and evaluating risks to organisations and individuals and taking action to minimise those risks. It affects many areas, from social work and corporate reputation, to the work of the armed forces and emergency services.

Our risk and security management research helps organisations and individuals responsible for managing risk and responding to incidents to identify, understand and overcome risk and security challenges. 

We aim to encourage people to think about alternative ways of dealing with risk and security challenges rather than following a standard response.

Our research covers the following topics


  • Crisis management
  • Risk management
  • Decision making
  • Sustainability
  • Terrorism
  • Cybercrime
  • Moral disengagement
  • Ethical leadership


To conduct this research, we use methods such as failure mode affect analysis (FEMA), reliability block diagrams (RBD), fault tree analysis (FTA), grounded theory, ethnographic enquiry, simulation, observations and experiments.


  • We worked with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to establish what is now the globally recognised way to prevent drowning – turn on your back, float and relax. This research has informed internationally adopted life-saving techniques, treatments and technologies > Read more
  • In March 2016, we were involved in Exercise Unified Response (EUR), a week-long, EU-funded simulation exercise led by the London Fire Brigade. We designed simulations, acted as independent observers and evaluators, and contributed to the final report. The outcomes of this exercise may influence how emergency services respond to major emergencies across the EU > Read more
  • We worked with Hampshire Fire and Rescue to develop a course that helps personnel make better decisions in scenarios that are difficult to replicate in a simulation environment > Read more

Publication highlights

Discover our areas of expertise

Risk and security management is 1 of 4 areas of expertise within the Business and Management research area. Explore the others below.

Our members

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Dr Sara Hadleigh-Dunn

  • Job Title Reader
  • Email Address sara.hadleigh-dunn@port.ac.uk
  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Risto Talas

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address risto.talas@port.ac.uk
  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Mrs Kate Buttriss

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address Kathryn.Buttriss@port.ac.uk
  • Department Strategy Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law

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