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    Bianca Slocombe is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She joined Coventry University in July 2020 after completing her Master of Research and PhD in Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is interested in decision-making, including cognitive heuristics and biases, and has a research background in the cognitive science of religion. Her doctoral research focused on the moderation of beliefs and values in an actor’s willingness to act violently for a sacred cause. More recently, she has been utilising her expertise in psychology and behavioural science in the field of security, including projects for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN), and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO). Dr Slocombe has expertise in experimental and statistical methods and is growing her skills in qualitative methods. She is particularly interested in working in interdisciplinary teams to address complex questions. 

    Research Interests

    Behavioural science; psychology; protective security; counter-terrorism; extremism

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • Security
    • Protective security
    • Counter-terrorism
    • Extremism
    • BF Psychology
    • Behavioural sciences
    • Heuristics and biases
    • Rationality
    • HA Statistics
    • Experimental methods


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