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Dr Ruth McAlister

Lecturer in Criminology

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Social Sciences


Room 03A13B Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Ruth joined the criminology team as a Lecturer in 2008 and she is currently the Course Director for the BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice degree for full-time students.

Her research and teaching interests principally concern cybercrime offending, victimisation and the policing of cyberspace.

Consequently, she is primarily a computational criminologist seeking to address criminological issues such as organised crime through blending criminology, applied mathematics and computer science techniques.

Ruth has worked with many UK police forces, the National Crime Agency and the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol whilst undertaking her research. She has also represented Northern Ireland on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Research Panel.

She holds a BA Hons in Sociology and Politics from Queen's University Belfast, a MSc in Cybercrime and E-investigation with Distinction and Dean's Award for Academic Achievement from the University of Derby and a PhD in Sociology from Queen's University Belfast. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ruth co-ordinates three modules at undergraduate level, Cybercrime, Theories of Crime and Criminalisation and Crime and the Media.

She also  participates in the Erasmus Programme, teaching at InHolland University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam annually.