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Dr Richard Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK. He studied at Queen Mary, University of London (BA), the University of Edinburgh (MSc), and the University of Cambridge (PhD). At Cambridge he studied at the Institute of Criminology and Trinity Hall.

Richard was a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology from 2012-2018, and for several years was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Journal of Criminology. He has been an External Examiner for DPhil and MPhil degrees at the University of Oxford,  a Guest seminar leader on the MPhil degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and an External Examiner for the MSc in Security and Risk Management degree at the University of Leicester. From 2016-19 he was Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies for all of the Masters degree programmes (16 on-campus LLM/MSc programmes, 4 online LLM programmes) at Edinburgh Law School. In 2009-2010 Richard was an Academic Visitor at the Centre for CriminologyUniversity of Oxford, and in 2003-4 he was a Visiting Academic at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia. Before joining the University of Edinburgh, Richard Jones was a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests


New briefing paper for the Scottish Institute for Policing Research:

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

Dr Ben Collier - Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, University of Cambridge
Dr Shane Horgan - Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Richard Jones - University of Edinburgh
Dr Lynsay Shepherd - Abertay University


See also a blog post by the same authors summarising and developing the briefing paper's argument further:

'Local policing must adapt to cybercrime in the post-pandemic era'



Richard Jones's research focuses on cyber security, cybercrime, surveillance, security and penal populism. He has published and given papers on topics including the electronic monitoring ('tagging') of offenders, access control, border controls, computer crime, penal populism, the media, airport security, the use of force in policing, and surveillance theory. He is interested in research collaborations and enquiries from prospective doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in relation to the following topics in particular: cryptomarkets; cyber security; surveillance; dataveillance; policing cybercrime; cryptocurrencies and the blockchain; algorithmic systems and criminal justice; policing and big data / predictive policing; situational crime prevention; resilience; social media; societal impact of surveillance technologies including on privacy and democracy; punishment and new initiatives within criminal justice.

Richard is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the EPSRC-funded project ACCEPT (Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks). He has previously participated in the IRISS (Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies) Project which was a large collaborative research project on the role of surveillance and resilience in democratic societies, and was funded by the European Commission under its FP7 framework. Separately, he was also an External Expert for the FIDUCIA project (also funded under the European FP7 framework), part of which focused on cybercrime and its prevention within Europe.

Research Groups

Richard Jones is a member of the research group CRISP (Centre for Research on Information, Surveillance and Privacy), a collaborative group involving Edinburgh, Stirling and the Open University. He has a long-standing interest in computers and new technology. He is a member of CeSeR (Centre for Security Research, University of Edinburgh). He tweets on the topics of surveillance, cybercrime, security and the tech industry, and can be found on Twitter as DrRichardJ.


Richard teaches both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At undergraduate Honours level he teaches a course on Punishment and Society. As postgraduate level he teaches courses on Cybercrime and Cyber Security, and on Surveillance and Security; these postgraduate courses are available to those taking the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the LLM in Law, and the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security degree, as well as various other Masters degrees offered in the Law School and in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The following Masters dissertation topics are among those that Dr Jones has recently supervised: airport security and surveilance; predictive policing; policing drugs cryptomarkets; cryptography and crime prevention; cyber-warfare and cyber security; cybercrime and cyber security in China; issues involved in intelligence agency reform; and the privacy implications of data mining and data integration by law enforcement agencies.



  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Surveillance
  • Cybercrime
  • Security
  • Policing
  • Punishment
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Politics
  • Resilience Studies
  • Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Social control


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