Risk and security 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
- 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
Framework for Middle Humanitarian Operations Managers (2019), Labib, A. Hadleigh-Dunn, S, Mahfouz, A and Gentile, M., Production and Operations Management
an analysis of ValuJet Flight 592 and Swissair Flight SR 111 crashes (2018). Grigoriou, K., Labib, A. and Hadleigh-Dunn, S. (2018). Engineering Failure Analysis.
Agwu, A. E., Labib, A. and Hadleigh-Dunn, S. Safety Science, 111, 298–312.
Safety Science, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 298–312, Agwu Emele Agwu, Ashraf Labib, and Sara Hadleigh-Dunn
Journal of Surveillance, Security and Safety, Volume 1, 2020, Bianca Shmidt, Ashraf Labib, and Sara Hadleigh-Dunn
Production and Operations Management, Volume 28, Issue 9, 2021, Pages 2323–2337, Ashraf Labib, Sara Hadleigh-Dunn, A. Mahfouz, and M. Gentile
International Journal of Maritime Crime and Security, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2020, Suwaid Al Abkal, Risto Henrik Aleksander Talas, Sarah Shaw, and Tom Ellis
Policing and Society, Volume 31, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 321–336, Risto Henrik Aleksander Talas, Mark Button, Mark Doyle, and Jaideep Das
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