Dr Tim Owen
Reader in Criminology
School of Law and Policing
Dr Tim Owen is a leading, international Criminological Theorist whose unique, 'Genetic-Social, meta-theoretical framework draws upon behavioural genetics, evolutionary psychology ,neuroscience and the philosophy of Heidegger in the task of 'building bridges' between the biological and social sciences in over 30 publications, 6 of which are books.
Dr Tim Owen is the Director of the high-profile, UCLan Cybercrime Research Unit [UCRU], Reader in Criminology and a Research Degree Tutor. He is also on the Senior Management Team in the School, the Steering Committee of UCLan Cyber Offer, and a member of the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership.
Dr Tim Owen has taught in several Universities prior to his appointment at UCLan in 2007 including the University of Liverpool and the Open University.
- PhD Sociology, University of Liverpool, 2006, Awarded without corrections
- MA Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, 1999. Awarded a Distinction
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [HEA], 2013
- Dr Tim Owen's main research interests include cybercrime, genetics and crime, neuroscience and crime, terrorism and security, masculinities, and the politics of ethnic identity in Northern Ireland. He welcomes applications for postgraduate study in these and related areas.
- Dr Tim Owen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [HEA], a Fellow of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and a member of the British Society of Criminology. He is also an invited member of TITAN's [Serious Organised Crime Unit of the North-West] CISP forum/thinktank on cybercrime, and an invited member of the Home Office/NCSC, 'Future Directions in Cybercrime Research' thinktank.
- Dr Tim Owen is a Consultant to the EPSRC on cybercrime, a Consultant to two bio-informatics companies, and a Reviewer for Sage, Palgrave Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Polity Press, Current Sociology [Sage], Journal of Social Behavior [Sage], and the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. He also serves on the Editorial board of The Internet Journal of Criminology.
Dr Tim Owen's research largely revolves around 'building bridges' between the biological and social sciences, and in over 30 publications he has applied his unique, 'Genetic-Social' profile to the study of a wide range of criminological and sociological subjects, including cybercrime, masculinities, human biotechnology, terrorism and so on. As Director of UCLan Cybercrime Research Unit [UCRU], Dr Tim Owen has recently been involved in producing books, such as 'New Perspectives on Cybercrime'  for Palgrave Macmillan which went into Chinese translation and was described by Global Legal Post as, 'Essential reading for all lawyers'; engaging in Knowledge Transfer, income generation bids and consultancy and conferences.
In recent times, he has hosted two international conferences on cybercrime at UCLan. Dr Owen's latest book is [ Forthcoming,, 2020] 'Rethinking Cybercrime: Critical Debates with Jessica Marshall for Palgrave Macmillan. Dr Tim Owen has also recently been involved in media engagement in relation to cybercrime in terms of interviews and articles in the national press, including The Independent. He made recent appearances on BBC Radio Four's 'You and Yours' programme to an audience of 5 million, and BBC Radio Lancashire discussing aspects of cybercrime such as the recent Ransomware attack on the NHS.
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- As Director of UCLan Cybercrime Research Unit [UCRU], Dr Tim Owen recently hosted the international conference on cybercrime at UCLan, 'Rethinking Cybercrime' in 2016, and the 'Second Annual Conference on Cybercrime' at UCLan in 2017.He has also conference experience with York Deviancy Conference, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and others.