School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Russell Brewer (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Adelaide and leads the Adelaide Cybercrime Laboratory (www.AdelaideCybercrime.org). Russell leads a number of Commonwealth-funded projects that are designed to improve our understanding of the causes, prevention and policing of cybercrime. This work focuses on both the technological and human factors of cybercrime – identifying the risk factors associated with (cyber)criminality, as well as working directly with law enforcement to develop automated software tools to detect and identify perpetrators of cybercrime. Russell has published his research findings through several leading publication outlets, holds multiple nationally competitive grants, and has been called upon by Government Agencies both domestically and abroad to advise on policy.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2019 - 2021 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2016 - 2018 Senior Lecturer Flinders University 2013 - 2016 Lecturer Flinders University 2012 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Griffith University
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Teaching Award Vice-Chancellor's Innovation in Teaching Award Flinders University Australia - 2014 Research Award Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers Flinders University Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 Australian National University Australia PhD 2007 Flinders University Australia BA (Hons) 2006 Simon Fraser University Canada BA
Year Citation 2023 Turner, N., Holt, T. J., Brewer, R., Cale, J., & Goldsmith, A. (2023). Exploring the Relationship between Opportunity and Self-Control in Youth Exposure to and Sharing of Online Hate Content. Terrorism and Political Violence, 35(7), 1604-1619.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2023 Malinski, R., Holt, T. J., Cale, J., Brewer, R., & Goldsmith, A. (2023). Applying Routine Activities Theory to Assess On and Offline Bullying Victimization among Australian Youth. Journal of School Violence, 22(1), 1-13.
2023 Brewer, R., Westlake, B., Swearingen, T., Patterson, S., Bright, D., Ross, A., . . . Michalski, D. (2023). Advancing child sexual abuse investigations using biometrics and social network analysis. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 668(668), 1-16.
2023 Brewer, R., Whitten, T., Logos, K., Sayer, M., Langos, C., Holt, T. J., . . . Goldsmith, A. (2023). Examining the Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors Associated with Adolescent Engagement in Multiple Types of Cyberdeviance: Results from an Australian Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 32(7), 2046-2062.
2023 Logos, K., Brewer, R., Langos, C., & Westlake, B. (2023). Establishing a framework for the ethical and legal use of web scrapers by cybercrime and cybersecurity researchers: learnings from a systematic review of Australian research. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, 31(3), 27 pages.
2023 Logos, K., Brewer, R., Langos, C., & Westlake, B. (2023). Establishing a framework for the ethical and legal use of web scrapers by cybercrime and cybersecurity researchers: learnings from a
systematic review of Australian research. International Journal of Law and Information Technology, 20, 1-27.
2022 Bright, D., Brewer, R., & Morselli, C. (2022). Reprint of: Using social network analysis to study crime: Navigating the challenges of criminal justice records. Social Networks, 69, 235-250.
2022 Westlake, B., Brewer, R., Swearingen, T., Ross, A., Patterson, S., Michalski, D., . . . Afana, E. (2022). Developing automated methods to detect and match face and voice biometrics in child sexual abuse videos. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 648(648), 1-15.
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2021 Holt, K. M., Holt, T. J., Cale, J., Brewer, R., & Goldsmith, A. (2021). Assessing the role of self-control and technology access on adolescent sexting and sext dissemination. Computers in Human Behavior, 125, 106952-1-106952-8.
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2021 Holt, T. J., Cale, J., Brewer, R., & Goldsmith, A. (2021). Assessing the role of opportunity and low self-control in juvenile hacking. Crime and Delinquency, 67(5), 662-688.
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2021 Bright, D., Brewer, R., & Morselli, C. (2021). Using social network analysis to study crime: Navigating the challenges of criminal justice records. Social Networks, 66, 50-64.
2020 Bright, D., & Brewer, R. (2020). Innovations in research on illicit networks. Global Crime, 21(1), 1-2.
2019 Holt, T. J., Brewer, R., & Goldsmith, A. (2019). Digital drift and the “sense of injustice”: counter-productive policing of youth cybercrime. Deviant Behavior, 40(9), 1144-1156.
2018 Brewer, R., Cale, J., Goldsmith, A., & Holt, T. (2018). Young people, the internet, and emerging pathways into criminality: a study of Australian adolescents. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 12(1), 115-132.
2017 Brewer, R. (2017). The malleable character of brokerage and crime control: a study of policing, security and network entrepreneurialism on Melbourne’s waterfront. Policing and Society, 27(7), 712-731.
2017 Roach Anleu, S., Brewer, R., & Mack, K. (2017). Locating the Judge within Sentencing Research. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(2), 46-63.
2015 Goldsmith, A., & Brewer, R. (2015). Digital drift and the criminal interaction order. Theoretical Criminology, 19(1), 112-130.
2014 Brewer, R., & Grabosky, P. (2014). The Unraveling of Public Security in the United States: The Dark Side of Police-Community Co-Production. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 39(1), 139-154.
2013 Brewer, R. (2013). Enhancing Crime Control Partnerships Across Government: Examining the Role of Trust and Social Capital on American and Australian Waterfronts. Police Quarterly, 16(4), 371-394.
2012 Brewer, R. (2012). A Snapshot of Crime Prevention Partnerships on Australian and American Waterfronts. CEPS Briefing Paper Series, 1-6. 2008 Brewer, R., & Dalton, D. (2008). Assessing the Importance of Culture in Explaining Drug Use amongst Indigenous Police Detainees in Adelaide. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 20, 265-286.
Year Citation 2019 Brewer, R., Vel-Palumbo, M. D., Hutchings, A., Holt, T., Goldsmith, A., & Maimon, D. (2019). Cybercrime prevention: theory and applications. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
2018 Lennon, C., & Brewer, R. (Eds.) (2018). Criminal Justice and Regulation Revisted: Essays in Honour of Peter Grabosky. Routledge.
2014 Brewer, R. (2014). Policing the Waterfront: Networks, Partnerships, and the Governance of Port Security. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
Year Citation 2021 Brewer, R., Westlake, B., Hart, T., & Arauza, O. (2021). The Ethics of Web Crawling and Web Scraping in Criminological Research: Navigating Issues of Consent, Privacy and Other Potential Harms Associated with Automated Data Collection. In A. Lavorgna, & T. Holt (Eds.), Researching Cybercrimes: Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Approaches (pp. 435-456). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan.
2020 Brewer, R., Fox, S., & Miller, C. (2020). Applying the techniques of neutralization to the study of cybercrime. In T. Holt, & A. Bossler (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of international cybercrime and cyberdeviance (pp. 547-565). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave.
2018 Brewer, R., & Chang, L. Y. (2018). Peter Grabosky: At the interface of criminal justice and regulation. In Y. Chang, & R. Brewer (Eds.), Criminal justice and regulation revisited: Essays in honour of Peter Grabosky (pp. 3-16). United Kingdom: Routledge.
2018 Chang, L. Y., & Brewer, R. (2018). Conclusions. In Y. C. Lennon, & R. Brewer (Eds.), Criminal justice and regulation revisted: Essays in honour of Peter Grabosky (pp. 186-192). Routledge.
2018 Brewer, R. (2018). Non-State Actors as Brokers of Crime Control: Accounting for Entrepreneurialism on the Waterfront. In L. Chang, & R. Brewer (Eds.), Criminal Justice and Regulation Revisited: Essays in Honour of Peter Grabosky (pp. 85-108). United Kingdom: Routledge.
2017 Brewer, R. (2017). Controlling crime through networks. In P. Drahos (Ed.), Regulation, Institutions and Networks (pp. 447-464). ACT; Australia: ANU Press.
Report for External Bodies
|2022||$271,541||Australian Institute of Criminology||Advancing child sexual abuse victim and perpetrator identification using biometrics|
|2021||$50,000||Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre||Examining the legal and ethical dimensions of using automated data collection technologies to combat cyber threats in Australia|
|2020||$349,762||Centre for Invasive Species Solutions||Biosecurity surveillance of e-commerce and other online platforms for illegal trade in plants|
|2019||$169,298||Australian Institute of Criminology||Developing automated audio and facial recognition biometric tools for detecting child exploitation material online|
|2019||$20,000||Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre||Adolescent pathways into cybercrime: Assessing the impact of interventions and informing prevention|
|2017||$296,000||Australian Research Council Discovery Project||Becoming delinquent online: A longitudinal adolescent study|
|2017||$1,526,000||Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council||Economical, psychological and societal impacts of ransomware|
|2017||$54,625||UK Home Office and National Cybercrime Unit||Developing approaches to prevent cybercrime|
Russell coordinates the following courses:
|CRIM 2004||Criminology across borders|
|CRIM 3002||Criminological research|
|CRIM 3006||Cybercrime and cyber-deviance|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Advancing the prosecution of child exploitation offences. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Rebecca Medhurst 2023 Principal Supervisor Causes and Motivations of Antisemitic Hate Crime in Australia - A Systematic Literature Review and Critical Discourse Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sarah Clare Rubinshtein 2023 Principal Supervisor Assessing the extent to which third party regulatory activities impact online illicit wildlife trade. Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Ashley Jean Allen 2019 Principal Supervisor Understanding the Role of Internet Addiction in Adolescent Cyber-Sexual Delinquency Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Caitlan Elizabeth Sian Miller
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Punishing Disability: The Lived Experience of Incarcerated Women with Cognitive Disabilities in Australian Prisons Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Julie-Anne Toohey
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Board Member Policing and Society: an international journal of research and policy Taylor and Francis United Kingdom
Date Office Name Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Convenor, Cybercrime and Digital Criminology Thematic Group Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2020 - 2020 Young people’s profiles of cyber delinquency. San Francisco American Society of Criminology conference United States 2018 - 2018 Young People, the Internet and Emerging Pathways into Criminality: A study of Australian Adolescents. Atlanta American Society of Criminology conference United States
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