CATS directors: Professor Julia Davidson


Julia Davidson, PhD is Professor of Criminology and Director of Research in Criminology at Middlesex University and a Co-Director of a research centre, the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (with Prof Antonia Bifulco). She is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Julia currently chairs the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Evidence Group and provides expert advice to international organisations such as UNICEF, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN ITU and Interpol. She is also a Trustee of ECPAT UK. 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. She has focused on child Internet abuse and online safety since 2004.

Prof Davidson has recently co-directed (with NATCEN) the first European study exploring Internet offenders’ online grooming/luring practices (funded by the European Commission Safer Internet Programme. This study, www.europeanonlinegroomingproject.com, included partners from Italy, Norway and Belgium. Julia is currently co-directing a large study of cyberbullying in the UK and Qatar funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation (with colleagues from KU Criminology and Sociology Dpt and Psychology Dpt and Goldsmiths College) . Professor Davidson has also conducted research on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Crimestoppers, the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the Scottish Executive and the National Audit Office to explore online offending and child safety on the internet. She has recently aided the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a National Child Internet Safety legislative and practice framework.

Professor Davidson has worked extensively with the media and has published widely in the abuse and Internet safety area, she has written 5 books and many academic articles. She has 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.

Current research projects

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 countries. E600,000. 03/2014-03/2016

Latest Publications

Davidson, Julia and Hamerton, Christopher (2016) International perspectives on child victimisation. Routledge. ISBN 9780415579575
Webster, Stephen and Davidson, Julia and Bifulco, Antonia (2014) Online offending behaviour and child victimisation: new findings and policy. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137365095
Davidson, J and Gottschalk, P (Eds) Internet Child Abuse: Current Research, Policy & Practice Routledge  (7/2010)
Davidson, J and Gottschalk, P Online Groomers Profiling, Policing and Prevention Russell House (2010)
Davidson, J. Child Sexual Abuse, Media Representation and Government Reactions (Series Eds D. Downes and P. Rock, London School of Economics) Routledge. (3/2008) ISBN: 978-1-90438569-1 (4th book in social policy series)

Davidson, J., Martellozzo, E. (8/2008) ‘Protecting Children in Cyberspace’, ‘Sex Crime’ (Eds) Letherby, G., Birch,P., Cain, M. and Williams, K. Wilan Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-84392-267-4
Davidson, J. (3/2009) ‘Internet Sex Offenders:’ ‘Folk Devils’ and State Surveillance’ in ‘Individual Freedom, Autonomy and the State’ Eds Johnson, M & Sclater, S (Socio-Legal Research Group, Cambs). Hart Press
Davidson, J & Martellozzo, E (5/2009) ‘Globalization, Urbanization & Security’ in ‘Urbanization, Policing & Security: Global Perspectives’ Cordner G, Cordner AM , and Das D ,( editors). Routledge
Davidson, J (2010) ‘Legislation and policy: protecting young people, sentencing and managing Internet sex offenders’ in Davidson, J and Gottschalk, P (Eds) ‘Internet Child Abuse: Current Research, Policy & Police Practice’ Routledge
Davidson, J (2008) ‘Protecting vulnerable young people in cyberspace from sexual abuse: raising awareness and responding globally’ Police Practice & Research: An International Journal
Davidson, J (2010) ‘Digital forensics in law enforcement: The case of online victimization of children’ Electronic Government: An International Journal
Davidson, J & Bifulco, A (2010) ‘Investigative Police Practice in the UK: Achieving Best Evidence in Work with Young Victims of Abuse’ Pakistan Journal of Criminology, Special Edition – International Perspectives on Child abuse
Davidson, J, Quayle, E & Morganbasser, L (Eds) (2010) ‘Special issue: Child sexual abuse and the Internet: Offenders, victims and managing the risk’ Journal of Sexual Aggression, Vol 16, 1. Routledge
Davidson, J, Quayle, E & Morganbasser, L (Eds) (2010) ‘Special issue: Child sexual abuse and the Internet: Offenders, victims and managing the risk’ Journal of Sexual Aggression, Vol 16, 2. Routledge
Davidson, J & Gottschalk, P (2011) ‘Characteristics of the Internet for Criminal Child Sexual Abuse by Online Groomers’ Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society. Vol 24, 1, 2011. Routledge.
Smith PK, Thompson, F & Davidson, J (2014) Cyber safety for adolescent girls: bullying, harassment, sexting, pornography, and solicitation. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 2014, 26:000–000
Bergen E, Davidson, J, Schulz A et al. (2014) The Effects of Using Identity Deception and Suggesting Secrecy on the Outcomes of Adult-Adult and Adult-Child or - Adolescent Online Sexual Interactions. Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice, 9:3, 276-298


Webster, S., Davidson,J., Bifulco, A., Pham,T., Caretti,V (2009) ‘European Online Grooming Project : Progress Report Covering period: 1 June 2009 – 31 December 2009’ (7/2010 forthcoming at http://www.natcen.ac.uk/study/european-online-grooming-research)
Davidson, J & Grove-Hills, J (2010) ‘ European Online Grooming Project Literature Review & Overview of European Legislation’ (7/2010 forthcoming at  http://www.natcen.ac.uk/study/european-online-grooming-research)
Davidson, J & Lorenz, M (2009) ‘CEOP & NAO Evaluation of TUK Programme and Young People’s Internet Safety Research. Report One - Survey Findings’ Unpublished
Davidson, J., Lorenz, M., Grove-Hills, J., & Martellozo, E (2010)  ‘Evaluation of CEOP ThinkUknow Internet Safety Programme & Exploration of Young People’s Internet Safety Knowledge: Final Report’ – Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies and Kingston University available at www.cats-rp.org.uk
Davidson, J., Huq, R., Seetzen, H & Grove-Hills, J (2010) ‘Towards Engaging with and Understanding Three BME Communities in Kingston: Identity, Interaction, Belonging and Belief’ Report prepared for the Metropolitan Police (ESRC funded study).
Davidson, J  & Martellozzo, E (2010) ‘State of the Nation Review of Internet safety in the Kingdom of Bahrain’


For a list of publications visit Julia's Middlesex University profile page.


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