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What we do (ICC)

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The ICC aims to become a leader at national, local and global level in producing research and supporting education and intervention for connected communities in the online and offline spheres. 

Our combined focus is on the health and wellbeing of communities, effective policing (including safety/security), online harms and cybercrime. Our approach is strongly end-user-focused, embedded in a community development and co-production philosophy.

We work with governments and practitioners  in ensuring that our research impacts upon policy and practice worldwide: Recently we have worked in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America. 
We are a mix of multidisciplinary academic researchers and interventionists. This positions us at the interface between theory, evidence, policy and practice around the identified core themes. 

Our approach: What we do

Research and evaluation

ICC offers high quality multi-disciplinary scholarship and research into adult and child harms, including online, crime and cybercrime and the social, economic and cultural production of health and wellbeing – including how we ‘police’ and protect society. 

We also coproduce and evaluate innovative interventions to enhance the health and wellbeing of society. 

Teaching and training

‘Learning by doing’ – learning, teaching, employability and student success: ICC offers innovative short teaching and training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, bespoke in-house CPD courses and supervision of PhD students in our core areas.


We are a hub of highly skilled multi-disciplinary researchers ( from a broad range of subjects including health, economics, law, policing criminology, sociology and psychology) and practitioners committed to developing innovative research, policy and practice solutions that have and will deliver real and lasting benefits to society across our areas of identified expertise.

Research ICC Hub

We have a strong record of high-quality research utilising a range of methods and methodologies including:

  • innovative digital methods such as online focus groups and depth interviews
  • community participatory action research
  • rapid evidence assessment and systematic literature reviews
  • evidence syntheses
  • research with vulnerable populations
  • evaluation research into complex interventions
  • mixed methods study designs
  • mining big data sets
  • ethics in research and GDPR

We can provide a range of expertise and advice on research design and the dissemination of findings to different stakeholders in the creation of social value.