Social Sciences

Craig Webber

Primary position:
Associate Professor in Criminology
Other positions:
UG Programmes Criminology-Psychology, Admissions Officer (Semester 2)


The University of Southampton
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Dr Craig Webber is Associate Professor of Criminology. I joined Southampton in 1999 and have taken the main role in creating one of the first British Psychological Society accredited Criminology and Psychology joint honours degrees in a Russell group University. This has developed into one of the highest recruiting programmes in the department. I have also been central to building the links between Criminology and Web Science, an exciting development that spans the whole University to develop research and teaching at the interface of web technology and social issues.


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Yip, Michael, Webber, Craig and Shadbolt, Nigel (2013) Trust among cybercriminals? Carding forums, uncertainty and implications for policing. [in special issue: Policing Cybercrime] Policing and Society, 23, (4), 516-539. (doi:10.1080/10439463.2013.780227).
Webber, Craig (2007) Revaluating relative deprivation theory. Theoretical Criminology, 11, (1), 97-120. (doi:10.1177/1362480607072737).
Webber, C. (2006) Background, foreground, foresight: the third dimension of cultural criminology? Crime, Media, Culture (Submitted).
Webber, Craig (2003) Youth, crime and aspiration. Criminal Justice Matters: Youth and crime, (54)


Webber, Craig (2009) Psychology and crime, London, UK, Sage, 224pp. (Key Approaches to Criminology).

Book Section

Webber, Craig and Yip, Michael (2012) Drifting on and off-line: humanising the cyber criminal. In, Winlow, Simon and Atkinson, Rowland (eds.) New Directions in Crime and Deviancy. Abingdon, GB, Routledge, 191-205.
Zafeiropoulou, Aristea M., O'Hara, Kieron, Millard, David and Webber, Craig (2012) Location data and privacy: a framework for analysis. In, Stiegler, Bernard (ed.) Réseaux Sociaux: Culture Politique et Ingénierie des Réseaux Sociaux. Limoges, FR, FYP éditions, 185-200.
Webber, Craig (2012) Cops, robbers and masked vigilantes: teaching through representations of crime. In, Billsberry, Jon and Leonard, Pauline (eds.) Moving Images: Effective Teaching with Film and Television in Management. Charleston, US, Information Age Publishing.
Webber, Craig and Vass, Jeremy (2009) Crime, film and the cybernetic imagination. In, Jewkes, Yvonne and Yar, Majid (eds.) Handbook of Internet Crime. Cullompton, GB, Willan, 120-144.

Conference or Workshop Item

Byrne Evans, Maire, O'Hara, Kieron, Tiropanis, Thanassis and Webber, Craig (2013) Crime applications and social machines: crowdsourcing sensitive data. In, SOCIAM: The Theory and Practice of Social Machines, Rio de Janeiro, BR,
Yip, Michael, Shadbolt, Nigel and Webber, Craig (2013) Why forums? An Empirical Analysis into the Facilitating Factors of Carding Forums. In, ACM Web Science 2013, Paris, FR, 02 - 04 May 2013.
Zafeiropoulou, Aristea M., Millard, David E., Webber, Craig and O'Hara, Kieron (2013) Unpicking the privacy paradox: can structuration theory help to explain location-based privacy decisions? In, ACM Web Science 2013 (WebSci '13), Paris, France, 02 - 04 May 2013. 10pp. (In Press). (doi:10.1145/2464464.2464503).
Yip, Michael, Shadbolt, Nigel, Tiropanis, Thanassis and Webber, Craig (2012) The digital underground economy: a social network approach to understanding cybercrime. In, Digital Futures 2012: The Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, Aberdeen, GB, 23 - 25 Oct 2012. 3pp.
Sugiura, Lisa, Pope, Catherine, Weal, Mark J. and Webber, Craig (2012) Observing deviancy online. At Digital Research 2012, Oxford, GB, 10 - 12 Sep 2012. 4pp.
Sugiura, Lisa, Pope, Catherine and Webber, Craig (2012) Buying unlicensed slimming drugs from the Web: a virtual ethnography. At Web Science Conference 2012, Evanston, US, 22 - 24 Jun 2012.
Sugiura, Lisa, Pope, Catherine and Webber, Craig (2012) Buying unlicensed slimming drugs from the Web: a virtual ethnography. At Web Science Conference 2012, Chicago, US, 22 - 24 Jun 2012. 4pp.
Yip, Michael, Shadbolt, Nigel and Webber, Craig (2012) Structural analysis of online criminal social networks. In, 2012 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), Arlington, US, 11 - 14 Jun 2012. , 60-65. (doi:10.1109/ISI.2012.6284092).
Yip, Michael and Webber, Craig (2011) Hacktivism: a Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of China’s Cyber Warriors. In, ACM WebSci '11, Koblenz, Germany, 14 - 17 Jun 2011.
Zafeiropoulou, Aristea M., Millard, David E., Webber, Craig and O'Hara, Kieron (2011) Privacy implications of location and contextual data on the social web. At ACM Web Science Conference 2011, Komblenz, Germany, 14 - 17 Jun 2011. (Submitted).


Research Interests

My approach to criminology is to take an integrative approach to research, drawing on as many different disciplines and research techniques as necessary to provide the most robust analysis. This involves working across disciplines and building research teams that can combine often diverse approaches and techniques. My research interests range from Criminological Theory, especially the history of its development; Youth and Crime, utilising ethnographic and qualitative methods; Psychology and Crime, especially in the application of Social Identity and Self-Categorisation theories to crime; Web Science, working at a transdisciplinary level to combine different approaches to understand the nature of the social and technological interactions as they pertain to deviancy and crime on the web.


Director Of Teaching Programme for the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

Faculty Admissions Tutor for Social Sciences

Teaching Responsibilities

Year one:

  • Introduction to Sociological Criminology (Coordinator)

Year two:

  • Criminological Perspectives (Coordinator)
  • History of Crime and Justice (Coordinator)

Year three:

  • Dissertation supervision


  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Cybercrime (Coordinator)


PhD Supervision

Maire Evans

Dom Hobson

Neil MacEwan

Kieran Rones

Lisa Sugiura

Abby Whitmarsh

Michael Yip


Completed PhD Students

Dr Sahar Aljaouhari

Dr Aristea Zafeiropoulou


Dr Craig Webber
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4065