Particularly enjoy applying scientific rigour and academic analysis to real-world situations to obtain evidence-based solutions.  

Externally funded projects:

  • Security Conference Presentation Event. Funder: QinetiQ. £7,000 (PI)
  • Innovation Concept Event. Funder: QinetiQ. £10,000 (PI)
  • Brands on the Darknet 2.0. Funder: Crowe UK. £5,000 (PI)
  • Victims of Computer Misuse Crime. Funder: Home Office. £60,950 (CoI)
  • ASC Task 0175 IMMT: Identification of Innovation Models, Methods and Tools. Funder: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory [dstl]. Portsmouth received: £23,957 (Academic PI)
  • Data Release: Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security. Funder: ERSRC (Joint PI). EP/N027825/1 (£360k; Portsmouth); EP/N028139/1 (£1.24M; Swansea)
  • Understanding the UK Cyber Skills Labour Market. Funder: DCMS, UK Government. Portsmouth received: £8,250 (CoI)
  •  The UK government's annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey  (2016201720182019). Funder: DCMS, UK Government. Portsmouth received: £12,749 (CoI)
  • Brands on the Darknet (PI) & The Real Cost of Application Fraud (CoI). Funder: Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP. £10,000
  • One of the four members of the panel of academic experts of an IPSOS/Mori-led project – Understanding the UK Cyber Skills Labour Market 2.0. Funder: DCMS, UK Government.

Research interests

Victoria's future research interests include: developing her Phatic Technology Theory for applications in marginalised urban societies, and developing cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure.

Her current research ranges over cyber/information security, surveillance studies, social theory, technological developments and online research methods. 

Her latest research projects involve:

  1. data release and its related issues of trust, privacy and security;
  2. security threats and management measures in organisations;
  3. formal methods for monitoring, data collection and interventions;
  4. a general formal theory of digital identity and surveillance;
  5. developing new techno-social theories such as ‘Phatic Technologies’ as conceptual tools to understand cyberspace and its security issues;
  6. cybercrime and threats in various countries, e.g., Nigeria, and various networks, e.g., the Darknet; and
  7. cyberbullying. 

Victoria has published many peer-reviewed journal papers with plentiful in progress, and currently manages 9 doctoral students: including 4 professional doctorate students in their research phase as their 1st supervisor, as well as 5 professional doctorate students in their taught phase as their tutor. To date, 5 of her previous PhD students successfully defended their theses. Previous and current doctoral supervision areas include:

  • UK police operational decision-making model
  • Cyber security for Critical National Infrastructures (CPNI)
  • Cybercrime in Nigeria - Perception and reality 
  • Cybercrime in Nigeria - Techno-social governance
  • Human factors and their impacts on crisis resilience
  • The roles, skills, and practices of the Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Cybercrime and its governance in Vietnam (sponsored by the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security)
  • Cybersecurity management within South Korean business - risks and cybercrime involving industrial security (partially sponsored by the Korean National Police)

Her latest publications include: