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
- 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
Operationalizing Learning from Rare Events
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.
Disaster prevention through a harmonized framework for high reliability organisations (2019)
Agwu, A. E., Labib, A. and Hadleigh-Dunn, S. Safety Science, 111, 298–312.
Disaster prevention through a harmonized framework for high reliability organisations
Safety Science, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 298–312, Agwu Emele Agwu, Ashraf Labib, and Sara Hadleigh-Dunn
Learning and unlearning from disasters: an analysis of the Virginia Tech shooting and the Lion Air 610 Airline crash
Journal of Surveillance, Security and Safety, Volume 1, 2020, Bianca Shmidt, Ashraf Labib, and Sara Hadleigh-Dunn
Operationalising learning from rare events: framework for middle humanitarian operations managers
Production and Operations Management, Volume 28, Issue 9, 2021, Pages 2323–2337, Ashraf Labib, Sara Hadleigh-Dunn, A. Mahfouz, and M. Gentile
The application of unmanned aerial vehicles in managing port and border security in the US and Kuwait: Reflections on best practice for the UK
International Journal of Maritime Crime and Security, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2020, Suwaid Al Abkal, Risto Henrik Aleksander Talas, Sarah Shaw, and Tom Ellis
Violence, abuse and the implications for mental health and wellbeing of security operatives in the United Kingdom: the invisible problem
Policing and Society, Volume 31, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 321–336, Risto Henrik Aleksander Talas, Mark Button, Mark Doyle, and Jaideep Das
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
Small business and entrepreneurship
Sustainability and business
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