Russell Brewer

Associate Professor Russell Brewer

Associate Professor

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 ( 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).

  • Appointments

    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
  • 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 Body Project
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:

Code Title
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


  • Editorial Boards

    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
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Convenor, Cybercrime and Digital Criminology Thematic Group Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135964
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 18
  • Org Unit: Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies

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