Shane Horgan

shane horgan

Dr Shane Horgan

Lecturer in Criminology


I joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Criminology in August 2019. Prior to joining, I was a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland.

After securing my Bachelors Degree in Social Science at University College Cork, Ireland, in 2012, I completed my MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice and PhD at Edinburgh Law School, the University of Edinburgh. I am an affiliate of the SCCJR.

My research explores how people make sense of cybercrime and enact cybersecurity behaviours in their everyday lives. I am interested in further developing criminological and sociological perspectives on cybersecurity, with a particular focus on awareness campaigns and the social and cultural dimensions of their effectiveness.

In 2018, I won a Scottish Justice Fellowship ( which has enabled me to develop my research in ways that maximise its impact on cybersecurity and resilience policy. The fellowship is co-funded by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR).

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