Russell Brewer

Dr Russell Brewer

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Russell Brewer is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Adelaide and leads the Digital Youth Research Laboratory ( 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).

  • 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
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 Australian National University Australia PhD
    2007 Flinders University Australia BA (Hons)
    2006 Simon Fraser University Canada BA
  • Research Interests

Year Amount Funding Scheme Project
2017 $296,000 Australian Research Council Discovery Project Digital Youth Research Project
2017 $1,526,000 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  Economical, psychological and societal impacts of ransomware


Russell coordinates the following courses:

Code Title
CRIM 1001 Understanding Criminology
CRIM 1002 Crime, Control and Criminal Justice
CRIM 3002 Criminological Research


  • 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 The Lived Experiences of Incarcerated Women with Cognitive Disabilities in Australian Prisons Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Julie-Anne Toohey
    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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135964
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 18
  • Org Unit: Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies

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