I joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Criminology in August 2019. Prior to joining ENU, I was a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland. I am currently the program leader for the BSc in Policing and Criminology, and teach on the topics of; policing and security, cybercrime and cybersecurity, criminological theory, online research methods, criminal justice, surveillance.
I am an affiliate of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Scottish Institute of Policing Research. I currently sit on the QAA benchmark committee for Policing degrees in England and Wales.
My research interests include the the sociological study of cybercrime and cybersecurity, and police responses. In particular, my work has explored how people and organisations make sense of cybercrime and enact cybersecurity behaviours and policies in their routine everyday lives and operations. 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.
I am working on an ongoing Carnegie Trust funded project with Dr Sarah Anderson exploring how hacker careers evolve over time, which is also developing innovative practical technology facilitated data collection methods that prioritise the security of data collection, and the privacy and confidentiality of the participants.
More recently I have been engaged in a qualitative empirical research project with Associate Prof. Andrew Wooff and Mr Andrew Tatnell exploring the impact of the pandemic on public policing relationships with rural communities and civil society in Scotland.
I am interested in supervising doctoral candidates whose research relates to cybercrime and online harm, the sociological dimensions of cybersecurity, and the impact of new technologies on policing and criminal justice.