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Dr. Richard Jones

Senior Lecturer

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes


Dr Richard Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK. He is currently Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies for the School of Law. 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 is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology, 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. 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

His research focuses on surveillance, security, cybercrime, 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. Additionally, at the University of Edinburgh he is a member both of its Criminology Subject Area group and of the Centre for Law and Society. 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. As part of the postgraduate MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, he teaches courses on Cybercrime, and on Surveillance and Security. These courses are also available to those taking 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.


Research outputs

  1. Surveillance and resilience: Relationships, dynamics and consequences

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Visual surveillance technologies

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Smart Cities, Policing and Surveillance

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. European Society of Criminology, 15th Annual Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Criminal Punishment and its Modes

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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