The Cybercrime Security and Justice Research Unit was established in 2016 and is hosted by the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. Led by Professor David S. Wall and colleagues, the CRU aims to explore the impact of digital and networked technologies on cybercrime, its organisation and policing.
More specifically, our key research areas are:
- Crime and Networked Technologies (Cybercrime)
- Policing and Regulating Cybercrime and Cybercriminals
- Understanding New Technologies and Crime (The Cloud, Internet of Things)
The Research Unit will act as a focal point, or hub, to bring together a range of interdisciplinary crime, technology and security projects currently being conducted within the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law. The projects answer a range of contemporary research questions related to the impact of digital and networked technologies on serious and organised crime and policing. The Unit contributes to the School’s broader ‘Law and Emerging Technologies’ programme and the Centre’s ‘Security and Justice’ theme.
From its infancy the Unit has been involved in interdisciplinary projects such as Consortia for Exploratory Research in Security (CEReS) and Combatting cRiminals In The CLoud (CRITiCaL). It has collaborated with higher education institutions (such as Cardiff, Birmingham City, City, Durham, Newcastle, Plymouth and Royal Holloway Universities), and has established links with various government agencies (a more detailed list of projects is to be found below).
The Unit is part of the University of Leeds School of Law which has been ranked 7th in the UK for 2017 by The Times / The Sunday Times.