Research & Initiatives

The Centre serves as a national focal point for dissemination and consultation on cybersecurity management and cyber resilience via workshops, media, engagement with community and industry stakeholders.The Centre is working closely with organisations and agencies whose mission it is to protect the Digital Economy and general public from cybercrime such as police, particularly the West Midlands Police, GCHQ, the PCPI and the Police Digital Security Centre. Our work with stakeholders enables the Centre to enhance protections and mitigate cyber risks to individuals, to companies and organisations, and to wider society. 

CSI continues to develop and bring together early career researchers including PhDs and researchers from within the University and external to it, thereby ensuring a sustainable pipeline of applicable research in this important area.


EU and UKRI-funded Research Projects 


Horizon 2020  TRACE - tracing illicit money flows  € 7 000 000.00, 17 partners including European national crime agencies and police authorities. A Research and Innovation Action (RIA) responding to SU-FCT02-2020 -- Technologies to Enhance the Fight Against Crime and Terrorism 

Detecting and tracing hidden and illicit money flows are notoriously difficult, as organised crime networks operate on a global scale and use legal loopholes, as well as technical innovations to protect their activities. In TRACE, the partners will co-create with LEAs, develop and use highly innovative complex data management solutions in combination with modular artificial intelligent analytics to enhance LEAs capabilities in detecting, tracing, confiscating and recovering illicit money flows and generating court-proof e-evidence.

INNOVATE UK  - Synthetic Crypto currency Fraud Simulator  phase 1 £ 32,000.00, 

working with the UK LEAS to enhance their capacity in detecting, tracing, confiscating and recovering illicit money flows.

ESRC DiSCRIBE CALL TOPIC 3: Regulation, Policy and Cybersecurity £52,389.00

Project Aim:

Carry out research on the regulatory landscape within the UK digital sector, which is focused on the design and use of hardware security as part of digital products and services.


European Commission €346,232.00 for a Strategic Partnerships project Adventure in AI   

 gamification in building trusted AI for 36 months. Professor Vladlena Benson and Dr Panagiotis Petridis lead the consortium of partners from Spain, Portugal, Greece and Poland developing a gamified learning solution.

European Commission €275,065.00 for a two-year project titled Early Digital Diagnostics and Intervention

​Led by Aston Business School, a consortium of SMEs and stakeholders aims to design a blockchain enabled app for behavioural analytics and prevention.


GCRF 2019/2020 Research and Innovation Global Review of the Virtual Financial Assets ( VFA ) Regulatory Frameworks: £50,000.00

Transnational Partnership in Blockchain and Crypto currency innovation between the UK and Caribbean ODA/LDC states.

European Commission €281,650.00 for a 36 months project CyberAdventure

​Led by Aston Business School, a consortium of SMEs and educators across Europe aims to use gamification in cyber security knowledge acquisition.