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Ben Collier is a Lecturer in Digital Methods at the University of Edinburgh.

He is additionally collaborating with the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre on a number of active research projects. Ben has experience in using a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and is particularly interested in criminological research which engages with Internet infrastructure.

Ben completed a PhD at SCCJR (University of Edinburgh) on ‘Integrated Circuits: A Critical Development of Space and Agency in Criminological Theory of Cybercrime from Actor-Network Theory and Cyborg Theory Perspectives.’


Keywords: Cybercrime, technology, surveillance



University of Edinburgh

Research Themes

New Media, Surveillance and Technology

September 2021

SCCJR Briefing Paper: Influence government: exploring practices, ethics, and power in the use of targeted advertising by the UK state

This briefing paper was authored by Dr Ben Collier, Dr Gemma Flynn, Dr James Stewart and Dr Daniel R. Thomas. […]

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13th February 2024

SCCJR Funding Announcement

24th November 2021

Season 2 Just Humans Podcast Launched


8th September 2021

Influence Government

8th September 2021

Police and Government Using Online ‘Influence’ Tactics to Tackle Crime and Shape Behaviour

Influence Policing in Scotland and the UK

1st March 2024



Influence Policing

10th October 2023


University of Strathclyde, Lord Hope Building, room LH226a

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SCCJR Seminar: Targeted advertising in PREVENT, criminal justice and beyond

14th May 2021