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Current Research and Advisory Services

Further information about each project can be found by clicking on its logo.

Detecting and Preventing Mass Marketing Fraud (MMF)

Mass-marketing fraud (MMF) is a type of fraud that exploits mass communication techniques (e.g., email, Instant Messenger, bulk mailing, social networking sites, telemarketing) to con people out of money. This EPSRC project will develop novel techniques to detect and prevent MMF. Through its multi-disciplinary approach and close focus on co-designing the solutions with its range of project partners and testing them in-the-wild during live MMF-detection settings, the project will lead to not only new scientific understanding of the anatomy of MMF but also tools and techniques that can form the basis of practical interventions in tackling such fraud.


PETRAS is a Research Hub funded by the EPSRC. The grant supports nine leading UK universities, including Warwick, to investigate the challenges associated with privacy, security and trust in the Internet of Things (IoT), including the various interactions, policy and governance, beliefs and behaviours, between people and IoT systems. As part of this project, IERG Research Fellow Dr. John Guelke has been seconded part-time to WMG to advise on issues of informed consent to personal data use and processing on the internet.

UNDERWARE: UNDERstanding West African culture to pRevent cybercrimEs

Working with colleagues in WMG, the overall objective of this project is to gain a greater understanding of West African culture in order to:

  • Scientifically evaluate current methods employed to prevent and deter cybercrime that emanates from West Africa
  • To develop and test new methods to prevent and deter cybercrime (that emanates from this region)

Responsible Lending (FinCris follow-on)

Tom Sorell has been awarded follow-on funding for Impact and Engagement from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as Co-Investigator on a 'Responsible Lending' project that responds to findings from the 2012-2016 AHRC project, FinCris. 'Responsible Lending' will focus on access to affordable credit for low and moderate income communities. It will engage with UK Credit Unions and trade associations to develop innovative and creative strategies for implementing responsible lending practices and products. The project is led by Professor Karen Rowlingson, University of Birmingham.

Future research

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Previous research

Further information about research projects the IERG has been involved in.