Ruth joined the Criminology team at Ulster University as a Lecturer in 2009. She specialises in cybercrime offending, victimisation and the policing of cyberspace; primarily through utilising webscraping, open source intelligence techniques and social network analysis. Her research has examined hacking forums, online recruitment for the purposes of human trafficking, online child sexual abuse, and animal rights extremism.
She has worked with a range of UK law enforcement agencies and NGOs examining how digital technology has impacted on criminal activities pertaining to serious and organised crime, investigating how organised networks evolve, diversify and function within cyberspace in order that strategies can be developed to disrupt their criminal activity. Ruth is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and 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.