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Helen Innes

Dr Helen Innes

Research Fellow


Helen Innes (PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI) ( and the Universities’ Police Science Institute (  She is a graduate of Experimental Psychology (BSc Hons) and Social Research Methods (MSc) and began her career specialising in health inequality, the subject of her PhD thesis.

Helen’s current work contributes to Open Source Communications Analytics Research (OSCAR) at the Institute where she manages media monitoring outputs for this international programme of work. 

During her career at the Institute, Helen’s work has significantly contributed to policy and practice in the following areas:

  • Disinformation
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Neighbourhood Policing
  • Behavioural Change










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Research Interests:

  • Open Source Investigation and Analysis Techniques (OSINT) – use of social media data and monitoring tools to study the source, impact and travel of online disinformation in the UK and Europe.
  •  Neighbourhood Policing – analysis of survey data on antisocial behaviour, public perceptions of the police and community cohesion for HMIC, the Welsh Government, ACPO and Gwent Police.
  •  Counter-terrorism- analysis of social media data on real-time social reactions to terrorism (CREST) and co-author of the Minutes to Months Framework for understanding media and social media coverage of terrorism. Commissioned by the Five Country Ministerial (FCM) Countering Extremism Working Group
  •  Behaviour change – use of communication interventions to change people's crime prevention behaviours and attitudes, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, funded by the ESRC What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.


Have acted as a mentor at the Institute for our Policing Futures programme.


2009 to date:  Research Fellow (formerly Associate), Cardiff University Crime and Security Research Institute.  Specialising in:

  • Disinformation and open source intelligence
  • Secondary data analysis

2003 to 2006. Research Fellow, University of Surrey, Human Sciences.

  • “Public Attitudes to Genomics” (ESRC)
  • “Public Attitudes to Research Governance” (The Wellcome Trust).

 2001-3:  Senior Methodologist, Office for National Statistics, Titchfield.

  • Development of protocols for data protection and microdata release.

 2002:  ESRC funded PhD Sociology, University of Surrey.

  • “Connecting Gender and Ethnicity in an investigation of social inequalities in health”

 1996 to 2001: Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey. 

  • Health inequalities research (with Professor Sara Arber) for Health Education Authority and NHS Executive.