Cyber Threats Research Centre

The Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) explores a range of online threats, from terrorism, extremism and cybercrime, to child sexual exploitation online and grooming.

Its core aims are to:

  • Better understand online threats
  • Produce new original empirical research
  • Inform policy and practice

CYTREC is an interdisciplinary centre. Its experts have backgrounds in law, criminology, political science, linguistics and psychology. It is also collaborative, and engages with non-academic stakeholders at all stages of the research process. CYTREC works with partners to ask the research questions that matter, to share findings and to produce policy recommendations. CYTREC’s partners include RUSI, Tech Against Terrorism and the NSPCC. Its work has been presented around the world, including to the UK Home Office, US State Department, Europol and NATO Advanced Training Courses.

CYTREC forms part of the Legal Innovation Lab Wales, as part of the £5.6M initiative, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, and Swansea University. One of the main objectives of the Legal Innovation Lab is to enable the development of technological platforms and frameworks to support counterterrorism and security. Find out more about the Legal Innovation Lab Wales.