Shane Horgan

shane horgan

Dr Shane Horgan

Lecturer

Biography

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.

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner BSc Professional Policing

 

Date


6 results

Pluralised responses to policing the Pandemic: Analysing the emergence of informal order maintenance strategies, the changing ‘policing web’, and the impacts of COVID-19 in rural communities. A Report on Interim Findings

Report
Wooff, A., Horgan, S., & Tatnell, A. (2021)
Pluralised responses to policing the Pandemic: Analysing the emergence of informal order maintenance strategies, the changing ‘policing web’, and the impacts of COVID-19 in rural communities. A Report on Interim Findings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University
Acknowledging the differential impacts of COVID-19 on communities, this project examines how the policing of rural communities has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We a...

The reality of 'cyber security awareness': findings and policy implications for Scotland

Report
Horgan, S. (2021)
The reality of 'cyber security awareness': findings and policy implications for Scotland. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, and the Scottish Government
This briefing paper represents a summary of doctoral research that explores how different groups make sense of and respond to cybercrime in their everyday lives. The research ...

Re-territorialising the policing of cybercrime in the post-COVID-19 era: towards a new vision of local democratic cyber policing

Journal Article
Horgan, S., Collier, B., Jones, R., & Shepherd, L. (2021)
Re-territorialising the policing of cybercrime in the post-COVID-19 era: towards a new vision of local democratic cyber policing. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 11(3), 222-239. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-08-2020-0034
Purpose The purpose of this study is to develop the theorisation of cybercrime in the context of the pandemic, and to sketch out a vision of how law enforcement might respond ...

ECR collective response: The future of criminology and the unsustainability of the status quo for ECRs

Journal Article
Anderson, S., Horgan, S., Jamieson, F., Jardine, C., & Rogers, A. (2020)
ECR collective response: The future of criminology and the unsustainability of the status quo for ECRs. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20(4), https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895820949299
No abstract available.

The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for cybercrime policing in Scotland: A rapid review of the evidence and future considerations

Report
Collier, B., Horgan, S., Jones, R., & Shepherd, L. (2020)
The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for cybercrime policing in Scotland: A rapid review of the evidence and future considerations. Edinburgh: Scottish Institute for Policing Research
This report is written with a Scottish audience in mind, but our conclusions are potentially relevant to changing police practices around the world. COVID-19 and the governmen...

Barriers to a Cyberaware Scotland

Journal Article
Horgan, S., & Collier, B. (2016)
Barriers to a Cyberaware Scotland. Scottish Justice Matters, 4(3), 19-20
CYBERSECURITY poses particular challenges to policy, policing and the public. Despite recent shifts in policing and security strategies, online victimisation is a major and gr...

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