School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Russell Brewer is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Adelaide and leads the Digital Youth Research Laboratory (www.DigitalYouthReseach.org). He has a PhD from the Australian National University. His research interests include cybercrime, youth delinquency, crime prevention, and policing. He 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.
Russell is an Investigator on several current multi-year Commonwealth-funded research projects, including a longitudinal study of youth pathways into cybercrime (Australian Research Council), as well as the development of novel automated software tools that detect and identify perpetrators of crime online using biometric features (Australian Institute of Criminology).
Date Position Institution name 2021 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2019 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2016 Senior Lecturer Flinders University 2013 Lecturer Flinders University 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 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, 106952.
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.
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. Cham: Palgrave. 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
Year Citation 2020 Sayer, M., Whitten, T., Brewer, R., Cale, J., Holt, T., & Goldsmith, A. (2020). South Australian Digital Youth Survey Research Report: Year 2 Results. Adelaide: University of Adelaide. 2019 Cale, J., Whitten, T., Brewer, R., de Vel-Palumbo, M., Goldsmith, A., & Holt, T. (2019). South Australian Digital Youth Survey Research Report: Year 1 Results. University of Adelaide. 2017 Goldsmith, A., Holt, T., Brewer, R., & De Vel-Palumbo, M. (2017). Interventions in Cyber Crime: A Review.
|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|
|2019||$20,000||Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre||Adolescent pathways into cybercrime: Assessing the impact of interventions and informing prevention|
|2019||$169,298||Australian Institute of Criminology||Developing automated audio and facial recognition biometric tools for detecting child exploitation material online|
|2020||$349,762||Centre for Invasive Species Solutions||Biosecurity surveillance of e-commerce and other online platforms for illegal trade in plants|
Russell coordinates the following courses:
|CRIM 1002||Crime and criminal justice|
|CRIM 2004||Criminology across borders|
|CRIM 3002||Criminological research|
|CRIM 3006||Cybercrime and cyber-deviance|
|CRIM 4001||Honours criminology theory|
|CRIM 4003||Honours criminology thesis|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Principal Supervisor Cyberbullying prevention: Efficacy of a school-based program implemented in Australia and the United Kingdom Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Morgan Lee Ruth Sayer 2019 Principal Supervisor Understanding the Role of Internet Addiction in Adolescent Cyber-Sexual Delinquency Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Caitlan Elizabeth Sian Miller 2019 Principal Supervisor Encountering Online Hate: Exploring the interactional factors associated with youth participation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sarah Marie Fox
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
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