Summary

I am Programme Area Leader for the Postgraduate Distance Learning provision in ICJS and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Cybercrime. 

I am the Deputy Director of the Cyberawareness Clinic, a project in collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary supporting the local community to become more resilient to cyberthreats and researching the types of cybercrimes experienced. 

I am a Strategic Themes Research and Innovation Fellow (TRIF) for the research themes of Future and Emerging Technologies and Security and Risk, developing my interdcisiplinary leadership and expertise in the area of cybercrime and gender - specifically online gender abuse and technology faciliated sexual violence. Currently I am researching misogyny online and communities and movements that propogate ideological hatred against marginalised groups. 


Research Interests

My research focuses on cybercrime and gender and concentrates on human interaction with technology and
the human dimensions of cybercrime and cybersecurity. From exploring how people use the Web to obtain
pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs, to the cyberthreats faced by the local community, harassment and
abuse on social media; my work has contributed to the understanding of how people behave in online
environments. My research utilises an interdisciplinary socio-technical approach, whereby
gendered perspectives of cybercrime - representations and effects of misogyny/ sexism/ transphobia/
homophobia online are explored.

  • Cybercrime and online deviance
  • Technology facilitated sexual violence and rape culture
  • Online harassment and abuse
  • MRAs, Incel  and alt-right communities 
  • Propaganda, Fake news and online dis/misinformation 
  • Dark web and cryptomarkets
  • Online pharmaceuticals 
  • Gender and feminism
  • Online research ethics 

Biography

I have an undergraduate Law degree, and Masters degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Web Science. I obtained my PhD in Web Science - Health Sciences from the University of Southampton in 2016. Previously I was employed at the University of Southampton as a Teaching Fellow in Criminology. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2015 as a Lecturer before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016. 

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