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ICC Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be at the forefront of  research in the human aspects of cybercrime and online harms and to contribute to community and social wellbeing - locating the Institute for Connected Communities (ICC) at the centre of community and international research in the offline and online spheres.

Our aim is to:

  • be an international, networked institute situated in the heart of London focusing upon a broad range of areas affecting safety (and security) such as harms (offline and online) crime and cybercrime, and other wellbeing and health themes from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • conduct high-quality multidisciplinary theoretical, empirical and applied research into the social, legal, economic and cultural production of health, safety/security, wellbeing, online harms, cybercrime and policing
  • promote inter-sectoral actions for health and wellbeing on individual, community and society levels
  • additionally, and uniquely, focus upon the intersection between online and offline criminality exploring pathways into crime.  Including, the context in which cybercrime occurs across  policy, regulatory, legal frameworks and risk 
  • provide excellent teaching and training
  • contribute to research informed teaching
  • support evidence-based policies and practices

We have a local, national and international reputation for high-quality applied research.

Our growth has largely been driven by external research income generation, with large grants from: 

  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Big Lottery
  • Guttman Academic Partnership hosted by UCL Partners
  • EU ( Safer Internet; ISEC and currently H2020) 

Funders, clients and collaborators include: 5Rights, The DCMS, OFCOM, End Violence Against Children, the Home Office, Europol Cybercrime Centre, Interpol, Metropolitan Police, Norfolk Police, Paladin Capitol Group, the UN ITU, NICE, WHO, US Sentencing Commission, US Dept of Justice, Newham CCG, UCL Partners, North Thames CLAHRC, London Borough of Newham, Public Health England, Public Health Wales, Metropolitan Housing Trust ,Tower Hamlets Council Public Health, Greater London Authority, Newham Citizens, and North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT).

We have a vibrant research environment, currently with a core group of PhD students.