Prof Julia Davidson
|Position:||Professor in Criminology & Sociology|
|School:||Psychology, Criminology and Sociology|
Julia Davidson, PhD is Professor of Criminology and Director of Research in Criminology at Kingston University and is Co-Director of a research Centre, the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies(with Prof Antonia Bifulco), She is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She currently chairs the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Evidence Group and provides expert advice to international organisations such as UNICEF, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN ITU and Interpol. She is also a Trustee of ECPAT UK.
Professor Davidson has directed a considerable amount of research spanning 25 years in the criminal justice area and is known for her work with serious offenders, young victims of abuse, the police and the judiciary, she has focused on child Internet abuse and online safety since 2004. She has recently co-directed (with NATCEN) the first European study exploring Internet offendersí online grooming/luring practices (funded by the European Commission Safer Internet Programme). The study included partners from Italy, Norway and Belgium (www.europeanonlinegroomingproject.com) and is currently co-directing a large study of cyberbullying in the UK and Qatar funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation (with colleagues from KU Criminology and Sociology Dpt and Psychology Dpt and Goldsmiths College).
Professor Davidson has also conducted research on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Crimestoppers, the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the Scottish Executive and the National Audit Office to explore online offending and child safety on the internet. She has recently aided the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a National Child Internet Safety legislative and practice framework.
Professor Davidson has worked extensively with the media and has published widely in the abuse and Internet safety area, and has written 5 books and many academic articles. She has PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was made Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London in May 2010. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Professor Davidson provides regular expert advice on criminal justice issues to the media and has recently worked on documentaries for the BBC and ITN (she has worked with ITV Evening News, the ITV News Channel, BBC News Channel , BBC Radio Four Womanís Hour, BBC Five Live Radio, BBC 2, BBC Northern Ireland, C4 and Sky News).
Educational and professional qualifications
|2002||PhD Social Policy , London School Of Economics & Political Science|
|1988||MSc Criminal Justice Policy , London School Of Economics & Political Science|
|1987||BA (Hons) Sociology with professional studies , North East London Polytechnic|
Professional experience (post-1990)
|2007-2010||External Examiner- Mres programme, University of East London|
|2006-2009||External Examiner- Criminology programme, Bedford University|
|1995-2008||Principal Lecturer Ė Criminology & Research Methods ē Course Leader MA Applied Market & Social Research DirectorĖ Criminology Research Cluster, University of Westminster|
|1989-1995||Research Officer - North East London Probation Service|
UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER 1995 - 2008
ēPrincipal Lecturer Ė Criminology & Research Methods
ē Course Leader MA Applied Market & Social Research
PhD supervsion in the abuse and policing the Internet areas.
|Criminology and Sociology: Serious offending, child abuse, cybercrime, young people and social media.|
|Metropolitan Police & Crimestoppers: Metropolitan Police Safer Surfing programme and the Role of Schools in Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse.
Result: £37,000 Completed 2004
|Metropolitan Police: Child Victims in the Investigative process
Result: £30,000 Awarded 2007- completion 2009
|EC Safer Internet Programme: Internet Abusers Online Groming & Victim Targetting: Messages for Interent Safety
Result: E450,000 Completed 2009- 2011
|WestFocus 2: KT- informing police practice & training (child victims)
Result: £58,000 Completed 2006
|Risk Management Authority: Internet Sex Offenders: International legislation, policy and practice
Result: £10,000 Completed 2007
|WestFocus 3: Child abuse training
Result: £30,000 Completed 2007
|Qatar National Research Foundation: A comparative study of cyberbullying in Qatar and the UK.Research Lead: Prof Davidson & Dr Samara Muthana.
Result: $900,000. Pending 2015
|Ministry of Justice: Mapping the Landscape, exploring the quality of Community provision for offenders and their families. Research Lead: Prof Davidson with Toynbee Hall & POLICIS
Result: £98,000. Pending: 2013
|Dpt of Health, Guys & St Thomasís: oung people as victims of gang violence in A&E. Research Lead: Prof Bifuclo with Prof Davidson
Result: £76,000. Pending 2013
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2013) Exploring young people's use of social networking sites and digital media in the internet safety context: a comparison of the UK and Bahrain. Information, Communication & Society, 16(9), pp. 1456-1476. ISSN (print) 1369-118X
Davidson, Julia and Gottschalk, Peter (2011) Characteristics of the internet for criminal child sexual abuse by online groomers. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 24(1), pp. 23-36. ISSN (print) 1478-601X
Davidson, Julia C. and Bifulco, Antonia (2009) Investigating police practice in the UK: achieving best evidence in work with young victims of abuse. Pakistan Journal of Criminology, 1(3), pp. 19-46. ISSN (print) 2074-2738
Davidson, Julia and Bifulco, Antonia (2009) Investigative police practice in the UK: achieving best evidence in work with young victims of abuse. Pakistan Journal of Criminology, 1(3), pp. 19-46. ISSN (print) 2074-2738
Davidson, Julia and Gottschalk, Petter (2008) Digital forensics in law enforcement: the case of online victimisation of children. Electronic Government: an international journal, 5(4), pp. 445-451. ISSN (print) 1740-7494
Davidson, Julia C. and Martellozzo, Elena (2008) Protecting vulnerable young people in cyberspace from sexual abuse: raising awareness and responding globally. Police Practice and Research, 9(4), pp. 277-289. ISSN (print) 1561-4263
Davidson, Julia, Bifulco, Antonia, Thomas, Geraldine and Ramsay, Margaret (2006) Child victims of sexual abuse: children's experience of the investigative process in the criminal justice system. Practice, 18(4), pp. 247-263. ISSN (print) 0950-3153
Davidson, Julia (2006) Victims speak: comparing child sexual abusers' and child victims' accounts, perceptions, and interpretations of sexual abuse. Victims & Offenders, 1(2), pp. 159-174. ISSN (print) 1556-4886
Davidson, Julia and Gottschalk, Peter, eds. (2011) Internet child abuse: current research and policy. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 216p. ISBN 9780415559805
Davidson, Julia and Gottschalk, Petter (2009) Online groomers: profiling, policing and prevention. Lyme Regis, U.K. : Russell House Publishing. 208p. ISBN 9781905541560
Davidson, Julia C. (2008) Child sexual abuse: media representations and government reactions. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge-Cavendish. 178p. ISBN 9781904385684
Davidson, Julia (2010) Legislation and policy: protecting young people, sentencing and managing Internet sex offenders. In: Davidson, Julia and Gottschalk, Petter, (eds.) Internet child abuse: current research and policy. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 8-26. ISBN 9780415559805
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2009) Internet sex offenders: individual autonomy, ‚ÄėFolk Devils‚Äô and state control. In: Sclater, S , Ebtehaj, F , Jackson, E and Richards, M, (eds.) Regulating autonomy: sex, reproduction and family. Hart Publishing. pp. 129-146. ISBN 9781841139463
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2008) Protecting children online: towards a safer internet. In: Letherby, Gayle , Williams, Kate , Birch, Philip and Cain, Maureen, (eds.) Sex as crime? Cullompton, U.K. : Willan. pp. 338-355. ISBN 9781843922681
Conference or Workshop Item
Davidson, Julia and Webster, Stephen (2012) Findings from the European online grooming project. In: Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2012; 11 - 13 Jun 2012, Stockholm, Sweden. (Unpublished)
Bifulco, Antonia [Speaker] and Davidson, Julia [Speaker] (2012) Online grooming for sexual abuse. In: 4th International conference on Applied Psychology; 23-25 Sep 2012, Sucevita, Romania. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia and Bifulco, Antonia (2012) Young people's response to online sexual solicitation: Findings from the European Online Grooming project. In: Risk-taking Online Behaviour ‚Äď Young people, harm and resilience; 23-24 May 2012, Berlin, Germany. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia [Speaker] (2011) Abuse in sex offenders' early lives: exploring neglected narratives. In: Life writing and human rights: genres of testimony; 11-13 Jul 2011, Kingston, UK. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia [Speaker] (2011) Challenges in protecting children online: blueprint for identifying and addressing need. In: Harm in the Digital Playground: Global Forum on Child Exploitation and Recovery; 14 - 15 Jun 2011, Toronto, Canada. (Unpublished)
Bifulco, Antonia, Davidson, Julia and Webster, S (2011) The European Online Grooming Project - Findings. In: Launch of the European Online Grooming Project findings; 3 Feb 2011 , London, UK. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2011) National Strategy Guide on Child Online Protection. In: ITU Regional Workshop on Advocacy & Capacity Building in Child Online Protection for the Arab Region; 30 - 31 Oct 2011, Muscat, Oman. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia [Moderator] (2011) New challenges to protect children online in the era of nonstop connectivity. In: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2011; 16 -20 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2011) Online Grooming: Understanding offender behaviour and the victimisation of young people. In: 5th International Conference Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online; 20 - 21 Sep 2011, Warsaw, Poland. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2010) The European Online Grooming Project - preliminary findings. In: Safer Internet Forum - Online opportunities and risks: How do children use online technologies? Are parents up to speed? How to cope with risks; 21 -22 Oct 2010, Luxembourg. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia and Bifulco, Antonia (2010) The European Online Grooming Project. In: Child Internet Safety Day: 'Internet Grooming: Understanding offender behaviour and protecting young people'; 26 Mar 2010, London, UK. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2010) Kingdom of Bahrain State of the Nation Review of the Internet Safety 2010 - introduction & interim report. In: FOSI Gulf Conference: Creating a National Consensus for Online Safety; 26 -28 Apr 2010, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. (Unpublished)
Bifulco, Antonia and Davidson, Julia (2010) Neurobiology and cognition of trauma and criminal behaviour and child sexual abuser families and attachment in childhood. In: The two sides of trauma - victim and offender experience; 15 Apr 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Bifulco, Antonia, Davidson, Julia and Webster, Stephen (2010) Online grooming: understanding the evidence and managing the risks. In: Presentation to Ra.C.I.S (Raggruppamento Carabinieri Investigazioni Scientifiche) & R.A.C (Reparto Analisi Criminologiche); 13 Dec 2010 , Rome, Italy. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2010) State of the Nation Review of Internet Safety: Presentation of Findings. In: Kingdom of Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority: Launch of the State of the Nation Review ; 25 Oct 2010, Kingdom of Bahrain .
Davidson, Julia [Speaker] (2010) Understanding online offending behaviour: preliminary findings from the European Online Grooming Project. In: Online Child Protection: Future Technologies for Policing the Internet; 27 Oct 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2009) Childhood trauma in the lives of sex offenders: A qualitative approach. In: 11th European Conference on Traumatic Stress; 15-18 Jun 2009, Oslo, Norway. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2009) The European online grooming project: using offender accounts to inform young people‚Äôs online safety. In: Child Safety on the Internet ‚Äď Prevention, Education and Cooperation; 12- 13 Nov 2009, Moscow, Russia. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia [Expert] (2009) G8 Global Symposium for examining the relationship between online and offline offences and preventing the sexual exploitation of children. In: G8 Global Symposium for Examining the Relationship between online and offline offences and preventing the sexual exploitation of children; 5 -7 Apr 2009, North Carolina, U.S.. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2009) Internet child abuse: understanding offender online grooming behaviour. In: EU Kids Online Conference; 11 June 2009, London, UK. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2009) Internet child abuse: understanding offender online grooming behaviour. In: Advances in the Analysis of Online Paedophile Activity; 2 -3 Jun 2009, Paris, France. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia [Speaker] (2009) Reviewing offender/perpetrator behaviour and profile in relation to experience of victimisation/trauma. In: South West London Academic Network Interprofessional Institute: Workshop on Trauma in Offenders; 25 Nov 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2009) Using internet offenders accounts to inform young people‚Äôs online safety practices. In: 3rd International Conference ‚ÄúKeeping Children and Young People Safe Online‚ÄĚ; 29 - 30 Sep 2009, Warsaw, Poland. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia [Speaker] (2006) Effective interventions: protecting vulnerable children from sex offenders in cyberspace. In: XVIth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect: Children in a changing world: getting it right; 03 - 06 Sep 2006, York, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2006) Policing the internet: protecting vulnerable children from sex offenders in cyberspace. In: 13th Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) ; 26 - 30 May 2006, Ayvalik, Turkey. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2005) Protecting children from sex offenders online: when strangers become 'virtual friends'. In: Safety & security in a networked world: balancing cyber-rights & responsibilities; 8-10 Sep 2005, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2005) Protecting children online: the role of schools and the police. In: ESRC Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theory and Practice Workshop: Sex in Criminal Justice; 18 - 19 Mar 2005, London, UK. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2004) Child sexual abuse prevention programmes: the role of schools. In: The 8th International Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO); 6-9 Oct 2004, Athens, Greece. (Unpublished)
Davidson, Julia (2002) Community treatment programmes for convicted child sexual abuser in England and Wales: findings from a longitudinal research study. In: 7th Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders; 11-14 Sep 2002, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)
Livingstone, Sonia, Davidson, Julia, Bryce, Joanne, Millwood Hargrave, Andrea and Grove-Hills, Julie (2012) Children's online activities: risks and safety: the UK evidence base. (Other) UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). 44 p.
Davidson, Julia, Grove-Hills, Julie, Bifulco, Antonia, Gottschalk, Petter, Caretti, Vincenzo, Pham, Thierry and Webster, Stephen (2010) Online abuse: literature review and policy context. (Project Report) European Online Grooming Project.
Davidson, Julia [Research team head], Huq, Rupa [Research team member], Seetzen, Heidi [Research team member] and Grove-Hills, Julie [Research team member] (2010) Towards engaging with and understanding three BME communities in Kingston: identity, interaction, belonging and belief. (Project Report) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University. 82 p.
Davidson, Julia and Lorenz, M (2009) CEOP & NAO evaluation of TUK programme and young people‚Äôs internet safety research. Report one - survey findings. (Project Report) The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). (Unpublished)
Davidson, J, Lorenz, M, Grove-Hills, J and Martellozo, E (2009) Evaluation of CEOP ThinkUknow internet safety programme and exploration of young people‚Äôs internet safety knowledge: Final report. (Project Report) Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies & Kingston University & The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). 57 p.
Davidson, Julia (2007) Current practice and research into internet sex offending. (Project Report) Paisley : Risk Management Authority. 88 p.
Davidson, Julia C. and Martellozzo, Elena (2004) Educating children about sexual abuse and evaluating the Metropolitan police safer surfing programme. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Metropolitan Police.