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UCLan Cybercrime Research Unit (UCRU)

UCRU is focused upon the pursuit of cutting-edge research in the field of Cybercrime which will inform social and educational policy in tandem with income generation activity and publications for REF 2020.

Identity and Property crime as well as Digital Piracy, Cyberbullying/Stalking/Grooming, Trolling and Online ASB, Metatheoretical development drawing upon Criminological Theory and Forensic Science. Including research into Terrorism.

Dr Tim Owen, Wayne Noble and Michelle McManus are jointly-authoring, Rethinking Cybercrime: Critical Debates for Palgrave McMillan, forthcoming 2016.

Featured Publication

Owen, T. [2014] Criminological Theory: A Genetic-Social Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Selected recent publications:

Owen, T. [2016, forthcoming] Crime and Neuroscience. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Owen, T. [2015, forthcoming] Evolutionary Sociology. Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Owen, T. and Owen, J. [2015] ‘Virtual criminology: insights from genetic-social science and Heidegger’, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 7 [1]:17-31.
Owen, T. [2013] ‘Towards a new sociology of genetics and human identity’, International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 6 [3]: 68-85.
Owen, T. [2012] ‘The Biological and the social in criminological theory’, in S.Hall and S.Winlow [eds.] New Directions in Criminological Theory. London: Routledge.
Owen, T. [2012] ‘Theorizing masculinities and crime: a genetic-social approach’, International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 5 [3]: 972-984.
Almond, L.A. , McManus, M.A., and Gregory, P. [forthcoming, 2015] ‘An exploration of post-index offending patterns in a sample of serious sexual offenders’, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice. 
McManus, M.A. and Almond, L. [2014] ‘Trends of indecent images of children and child sexual offences between 2005/2006 and 2012/2013 within the United Kingdom’, Journal of Sexual Aggression.
McManus, M.A., Long, M., Alison, L., and Almond, L. [2014] ‘Factors associated with contact child sexual abuse in a sample of indecent image offenders’, Journal of Sexual Aggression.
Long, M.L., McManus, M., and Alison, L.P. [2012] ‘Child pornography and likelihood of contact abuse: a comparison between contact child sexual offenders and non-contact offenders’, Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25 [4]: 370-395.
Noble, W. [2012] ‘A Critical Engagement with Piratical Opinion’, The Internet Journal of Criminology.
Loizou, V. [2012] ‘To what extent has Facebook become a conduit for criminal activity?’, The Internet Journal of Criminology.

UCRU are currently organising an international conference, ‘Rethinking Cybercrime’, which will be held at UCLan’s Greenbank Lecture Theatre on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June 2016. Keynote speakers are Professor Michael Clarke [Director of RUSI], Professor Majid Yar [University of Hull] and the Director of UCRU, Dr Tim Owen. Very shortly there will be a call for conference papers for this exciting event. Contributions from a diverse range of disciplines such as Criminology, Forensic Science, Law, Policing, Sociology etc are welcome.

Members of UCRU are involved in teaching on many UCLan modules. Here are a few examples:

Dr Tim Owen teaches on the BA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme and is Module lead for CJ3026 Crime and New Technologies.

CJ2021 Critical Thinkers in Criminology

CJ3031 Texts in Criminology


Dr Tim Owen - Director of Research

Tim Owen

Wayne Noble - Research Fellow

Dr Michelle McManus - Research Fellow

Jane Anthony (Dean of Law) - Research Associate

Jessica Marshall - Research Associate

Dr Alethea Melling - Research Associate

Dr Mahmood Chandia - Research Associate

Dr Megan Todd - Research Associate

Victoria Loizou - Research Associate

Faye Speed - Research Associate

Michael Salter - Research Associate

Dr Tim Owen , Wayne Noble and Dr Michelle McManus are co-authoring a forthcoming [2016] book, Rethinking Cybercrime: Critical Debates for Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr Tim Owen, Wayne Noble and Jessica Marshall are organising the ‘Rethinking Cybercrime’ conference to be held at UCLan on 27th and 28th June 2016.

Dr Tim Owen and Wayne Noble are currently engaged in developing a training course in relation to Cybercrime which will be marketed at Universities, Police Forces and Security Services.