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Professor Paul J Taylor

Professor, Co-Director, Research Group Lead: Social Processes

Paul J Taylor

Lancaster University

Fylde College

LA1 4YF

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594421

Research Interests

I'm interested in how people cooperate. Using experimental, archival and field research, I've studied both the fundamental behavioral and cognitive procsses that make human interaction possible and, more practically, the kinds of tactics and policies that promote peaceful resolutions.

I place a high value on ecological validity. Consequently I've examined the interpersonal dynamics of crisis negotiations, police interrogations, pub fights, vetting interviews, and serious sexual assaults. I've also used ‘process’ methodologies to study contextual determinants of cooperation, such as the factors that precede violence in the lives of male and female terrorists. Common patterns emerge over these contexts, and these provide the basis of operational support and training to law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Profile

Paul is Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University, UK, and Professor of Human Interaction at Twente University, The Netherlands. In October 2015, he was appointed director of the UK’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), a national centre commissioned by the ESRC with funding from the UK security and intelligence agencies. CREST brings together the UK’s foremost expertise in understanding the psychological and social drivers of security threats, the skills and technologies that enable their effective investigation, and the protective security measures that help counter the threat in the first place.

At Lancaster Paul also continue to direct Security Lancaster, which houses 68 research staff from 10 science and social science disciplines.  In 2015, the Centre secured £7.4m funding, published 111 peer reviewed articles and proceedings, grew its PhD community by 20 students, and championed the successful recruitment and promotion of 8 faculty.

Paul is editor of Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Read more about Paul's research and lab: http://www.pauljtaylor.com

Read more about CREST: https://crestresearch.ac.uk

 

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