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Shane joined Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Criminology in August 2019. Prior to joining, he was a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland.

After securing his Bachelors Degree in Social Science at University College Cork, Ireland, in 2012, Shane completed his MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice and PhD at Edinburgh Law School, the University of Edinburgh. He is an associate member of the SCCJR.

His research explores how people make sense of cybercrime and enact cybersecurity behaviours in their everyday lives. He is interested in further developing criminological and sociological perspectives on cybersecurity, with a particular focus on awareness campaigns and the social and cultural dimensions of their effectiveness.

In 2018, Shane won a Scottish Justice Fellowship (https://www.sccjr.ac.uk/projects/scottish-justice-fellowships/) which has enabled him to develop his research in ways that maximise its impact on cybersecurity and resilience policy. The fellowship is co-funded by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR).



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Edinburgh Napier University
Sighthill Campus
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Research Themes

New Media, Surveillance and Technology

March 2024

Digital Deviance/Digital Compliance: Criminology, Social Interaction and the Videogame

This project was funded by SCCJR’s Research Development Fund  Introduction and orientations This project sought to begin a process of […]


SJF Briefing: The reality of ‘cyber awareness’: findings and policy implications for Scotland

Scottish Justice Fellowship Briefing The reality of ‘cyber awareness’: findings and policy implications for Scotland by Dr Shane Horgan, Edinburgh […]

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13th February 2024

SCCJR Funding Announcement

18th February 2021

Scottish Justice Fellows Put Research to Work

19th November 2018

Announcing the Scottish Justice Fellows