Julia Davidson is a Professor of Criminology, Director of Research in the Department of Criminology and Sociology and is Co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS www.cats-rp.org.uk). Julia is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
She is one of the UKs foremost experts on child abuse and serious offending. She has directed a considerable amount of national and international 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. More recently she has focused on child Internet abuse and online safety. Julia has a PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She has recently aided the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a National Child Internet Safety framework and is currently co-directing research exploring cyberbullying in the UK and Qatar, a project funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation. Julia also co-directs the Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies, a research centre focusing upon abuse and victimisation from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Professor Davidson has worked extensively with the media and has published widely in the abuse and Internet safety area. She has written 4 books and many academic articles. She has a 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 Woman's Hour, BBC Five Live Radio, BBC 2, BBC Northern Ireland, C4 and Sky News.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Prof Davidson has worked in higher education for 20 years and brings a student focused approached to her work. She has taught Criminology and research methods extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has supervised PhDs focusing upon serious, violent and online crime.
PhD applications are welcome in the online offending, serious crime and victimisation fields.
Research Outputs & Interests
Prof Davidson is one of the UKs foremost experts on child abuse and serious offending. She 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. More recently she has focused on child Internet abuse and online safety. She has recently co-directed the first European study exploring Internet offenders' online grooming/luring practices (funded by the European Commission Safer Internet Programme www.europeanonlinegroomingproject.com).
The study included partners from Italy, Norway and Belgium. Professor Davidson has also conducted research into the experience of child victims on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Other research has been undertaken on behalf of Crimestoppers, the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the National Audit Office to explore child safety on the internet.
DeMarco, Jeffrey and Cheevers, Carly and Davidson, Julia and Bogaerts, Stefan and Pace, Ugo and Aiken, Mary and Caretti, Vincenzo and Schimmenti, Adriano and Bifulco, Antonia (2017) Digital dangers and cyber-victimisation: a study of European adolescent online risky behaviour for sexual exploitation. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 14 (1). pp. 104-112. ISSN 1724-4935
Patrick, Burton and Monica, Bulger and Davidson, Julia and Ali, Mariya and Davison, Patrick and Day, Emma and DeMarco, Jeffrey and Rasul, Majida and Razai, Sara and Scally, Mia and Wex, Bronwyn (2016) Child online protection in the MENA region. Project Report. Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.
Davidson, Julia and DeMarco, Jeffrey and Bifulco, Antonia and Bogaerts, Stefan and Caretti, Vincenzo and Aiken, Mary and Chevers, Carly and Corbari, Elisa and Scally, Mia and Schimmenti, Adriano and Puccia, Angelo (2016) Enhancing police and industry practice. Project Report. Middlesex University. (Published online first)
Prof Davidson has directed and co-directed a range of national and international research projects over a 20 year period, the current and recent projects are listed below:
03/2014 - 03/2016 European Commission – ISEC Developing Research Informed Industry and Policing Best Practice in
the Prevention of Online Child Sexual Abuse. PI with partners in 4 EU
03/2014 - 05/2014 Office of the Children's
Commissioner – Rapid Evidence Assessment of Intra-Familial Child Sexual
Abuse. Co-PI With Dr Miranda Horvath, Middlesex University. £43,000.
10/2012 - 10/2015 – Qatar National Research Foundation – A comparative three year study of cyberbullying in Qatar and the Uk , with Kingston University & Goldsmiths College.
12/2012 - 03/2013 Ministry of Justice – Mapping the Landscape, exploring the quality of Community provision for offenders and their families, with Prof Antonia Bifulco, Toynbee Hall & POLICIS.
6/2009 - 3/2012 EC Safer Internet Programme – The European Online Grooming Project with Prof Antonia Bifulco , NATCEN and partners in Norway, Italy and Belgium.
6/2010 - 6/2012 EC Safer Internet Programme – Risk Taking Online Behaviour (ROBERT), project evaluator with Edinburgh University and partners in 11 EU countries.
1/2009 - 6/2009 Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) – Evaluation of ThinkUKnow Internet Safety Programme.
1/2009 - 6/2009 National Audit Office – Young people and Internet safety online survey.
3/2009 - 3/2011 ESRC – Exploring and Engaging BME Communities in Kingston.
11/2009 - 11/2011 Metropolitan Police – Child victims in the investigative process, with Prof Antonia Bifulco.
Engagement & Impact
Prof Davidson plays an active role in key national committees such as the UK Council for Child Internet Safety which advises Government ministers (Chairs the Evidence Group) and provides expert advice to international organisations such as UNICEF, Europol, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN International Telecommunications Union. She is also a member of the Interpol Specialist Crimes against Children Group and a Trustee of ECPAT UK. She was made Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London in May 2010. Prof Davidson is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
She has worked extensively with the media and has published widely in the child abuse and Internet safety area and has written 4 books and many academic articles. Prof Davidson provides regular expert advice on criminal justice issues to the media and has recently worked on documentaries for the BBC, Sky News and BBC R4 Womans Hour (she has worked with ITV Evening News, the ITV News Channel, BBC News Channel , BBC Radio Four Woman's Hour, BBC Five Live Radio, BBC 2 , BBC Northern Ireland, C4 and Sky News). Her contribution the BBC R4 Womans Hour documentary 'Analysing the Child Sex Offender' can be heard here.