Professor of Criminology Julia Davidson has been selected to join a Europol Cybercrime Centre (EC3) think tank based at The Hague in the Netherlands.
EC3 is the focal point in the EU's fight against cybercrime, and the purpose of the new think tank will be to facilitate assessment of current and future trends and developments in the online sphere.
The small group of experts forming the think tank have each been nominated on the basis of their outstanding expertise and contributions in their area of research.
Professor Davidson has published widely in the child abuse and internet safety arena and is the Chair of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Evidence Group. She is also co-director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) at Middlesex University, which combines psychology and criminology with a focus on real life and online experience.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor Davidson said: "One of our key research themes at the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies is cybercrime and online child abuse.
"Joining the Europol think tank provides a platform to ensure that this research informs practice and policy and also provides the opportunity to work with a small group of leading, international researchers in this field."
Professor Davidson will also be working with her colleagues Professor Joanna Adler and Dr David Porteous on a project to inform the commissioning of specialist support services for young offenders in London who are also victims of crime, after CATS and Forensic Psychological Services were awarded a grant by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
MOPAC is the strategic oversight body that sets the direction and budget for the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of the Mayor of London. Middlesex University has worked with MOPAC on a number of previous projects, including last year's gangs conference organised by Dr Simon Harding.