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Research Profile

Dr Matthew Williams 


Selected Publications

Research Monographs

Housley, W., Williams, M.L., Edwards, A., Burnap, P. (2015) Digital Societies: Theory, Method and Data, London: Sage

The Book - Virtually Criminal by Matthew Williams

Williams, M. (2006) Virtually Criminal: Crime, Deviance & Regulation Online, London: Routledge.

‘A fascinating account of the nature of crime committed in the context of an online virtual community … a rich ethnographic account’.

‘The extent of the qualitative work undertaken is fascinating and genuinely impressive’.

‘Scholarship moving beyond criminological theory into discussions of the information society, technology and virtual communities’.

‘Well organised and moves clearly from a discussion of different theoretical approaches to on and offline communities, the nature of “crime” and deviance, its analysis and regulation’. 

‘Written in a good and clear writing style with complex issues well explained and with a good clear argument constructed’

(anonymous reviewers)

Levi, M., Wall, D.S. & Williams, M.L., Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and Society, (2013) London: Routledge

Williams, M., Adams, E., Jones, T., Noaks, L., & Tregidga, J. (forthcoming) Diversity, Crime and Control, London: Sage.

Journal Articles

Levi, M. & Williams, M.L. (2013) 'Multi-Agency Partnerships in eCrime Reduction: Mapping the Network and Cooperation Space', Information Management and Computer Security

Jones, M. & Williams, M. L. (2013) 'Twenty Years On: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Police Officers' Experiences of Workplace Discrimination in England and Wales', Policing and Society

Sloan, L., Morgan, J., Housley, W., Williams, M.L., Edwards, A., Burnap, P. & Rana, O. (2013) 'Knowing the Tweeters: Deriving Sociologically Relevant Demographics from Twitter', Sociological Research Online

Williams, M.L. & Vaughan, S. (2013) ‘The Homosexual Lawyer, Rights Advancement and Commodification: Exploring the Factors that Shape the Perception of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Employee Networks in Law Firms in the United Kingdom’, Social and Legal Studies

Edwards, A., Housley, W., Sloan, L., Williams, M.L. and Williams, M. (2013) ‘Digital Social Research and the Sociological Imagination: Surrogacy, Augmentation and Re-orientation’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Computational Social Science: Research Strategies, Design and Methods, Housley, W. Williams, M.L. Williams, M. and Edwards, A. (Eds.) Special Issue, Volume 16:2

Williams, M.L. Edwards, A., Housley, W., Burnap, P., Rana, O., Avis, N., Morgan, J. and Sloan, L. (2013), ‘Policing Cyber-Neighbourhoods: Tension Monitoring and Social Media Networks’, Policing & Society 

Burnap, P., Rana, O., Avis, N., Williams, M., Housley, W., Edwards, A. (2013), ‘Detecting Tension in Online Communities with Computational Twitter Analysis’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Williams, M.L. and Levi, M. (2012), 'Perceptions of the eCrime Controllers: Modelling the Influence of Cooperation and Data Source Factors', The Security Journal

Williams M.L., & Hudson, K. (2012) 'Public Perceptions of Internet, Familial and Localised Sexual Grooming: Predicting Perceived Prevalence and Safety', Journal of Sexual Aggression

Wall, D.S. and Williams, M. (2007), ‘Policing Diversity in the Digital Age: Maintaining Order in Virtual Communities’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 7:4, pp. 391-415.

Dicks, B., Mason, B., Williams, M., and Coffey, A. (2006) “Ethnography and Data Reuse: Issues of Context and Hypertext”, Methodological Innovations, 1:2.

Williams, M. (2006) "Avatar Watching: Participant Observation in Graphical Online Environments", Qualitative Research, 7:1, pp. 5-24.

Williams, M. (2006) "Policing & Cybersociety: The Maturation of Regulation within an Online Community", Policing & Society, 17:1, pp. 59-82.

Stewart, K. and Williams, M. (2005) "Researching Online Populations: The Use of Online Focus Groups for Social Research", Qualitative Research, 5:4, pp. 395-416.

Williams, M. (2004) "Understanding King Punisher and His Order: Vandalism in a Virtual Reality Community - Motives, Meanings and Possible Solutions" Internet Journal of Criminology

Williams, M. and Robinson, A.L. (2004) "Problems and Prospects with Policing the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community in Wales" Policing & Society, 14:3, pp. 213-232.

Williams, M., Mason, B. and Renold, E. (2003) "Using Computers in Qualitative Research" Building Research Capacity, 7.

Williams, M. (2000) "Virtually Criminal: The Aetiology of Online Deviance and Anxiety within Online Communities", International Review of Law Computers and Technology, 14:1, pp. 95-104.

Journal Special Issues

Housley, W. Williams, M.L. Williams, M. and Edwards, A. (Eds.) (2013) 'Computational Social Science: Research Strategies, Design and Methods' International Journal of Social Research Methodology Special Issue, 16:2

Williams, M.L., and Wall, D.S. (Eds.) (2013) 'Policing Cybercrime: Networked and Social Media Technologies and the Challenges for Policing', Policing and Society Special Issue

Book chapters

Williams, M.L, & Wall, D.S. (2013), 'Cybercrime', in C. Hayle, K. Hayward, E. Wincup, A. Wahidin, (Eds.) Criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Wall, D.S. and Williams, M. (2009), ‘Criminological Research in the Information Age: Using the Internet to Research Crime and Justice’, in Victor Jupp et al. (Eds.) Doing Criminological Research (2nd Edition), London: Sage.

Williams, M. (2009) ‘Cybercrime’, in Fiona Brookman et al. (Eds.) Handbook of Crime, Cullompton: Willan.

Williams, M. (2009) ‘The Virtual Neighbourhood Watch: Netizens in Action’, in Yvonne Jewkes and Majid Yar (Eds.) Handbook of Internet Crime, Cullompton: Willan.

Williams, M. (2007), "Cybercrime & Online Methodologies", in R. King & E. Wincup (Eds.) Doing Research on Crime & Justice, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 455-472.

Williams, M. (2007), "Cybercrime on the Move", in S. Kleinman, (Ed.) Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the 21st Century, NY: Peter Lang, pp. 91-104.

Williams, M. (2004) "Computer Offences", in J. Mitchell Miller and Richard A. Wright (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Criminology, London: Routledge, pp. 52-55.

Williams, M. & Robson, K. (2003) "Re-Engineering Focus Group Methodology for the Online Environment", in S. Sarina Chen & J. Hall (Eds.) Online Social Research: Methods Issues & Ethics, NY: Peter Lang, pp. 203-222.

Williams, M. (2003), "Virtually Criminal: The Aetiology of Online Deviance and Anxiety within Online Communities" in D.S. Wall (Ed.) Cyberspace Crime, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 245-254.

Williams, M. (2001) "The Language of Cybercrime", in D.S. Wall (Ed.) Crime & the Internet, London: Routledge, pp. 152-166.

Briefing Papers

Mason, B., Williams, M., Dicks, B., Coffey, A. (2006) "Possibilities of multimedia qualitative data archiving and sharing using eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML)": Methodological Issues in Data Sharing and Archiving: Briefing Paper 1

Williams, M., Dicks, B., Coffey, A. and Mason, B. (2007) “Qualitative data sharing and reuse: mapping the ethical terrain” Methodological Issues in Data Sharing and Archiving: Briefing Paper 2

Reports

Williams, M. L., & Tregidga, J. (2013) Time for Justice: All Wales Hate Crime Research Project, Cardiff: Race Equality First.  

Full Report available at:

Research Overview and Executive Summary Available at: http://www.refweb.org.uk/files/Wales%20Hate%20Crime%20Report.pdf

Roberts, C., Innes, M., Williams, M., Tregidga, J., Gadd, D. (2013) Understanding Who Commits Hate Crime and Why They Do It, Cardiff: Welsh Government, Available at: http://issuu.com/upsi/docs/understanding-who-commits-hate-crim?e=2890606/3990346

Levi, M., Williams, M., (2012), eCrime Reduction Partnership Mapping Study (Available here)

Williams, M. and Robinson, A.L. (2007), Counted In! The All Wales Survey of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People, London: Stonewall. (Available here: http://www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/other/startdownload.aspopenType=forced&documentID=1187)

Williams, M. (2007)  Findings from the 2005-2006 Wales TUC Cymru Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survey, Wales: TUC Cymru.

Robinson, A. L. & Williams, M. (2003). Counted Out: Findings from the Stonewall Cymru LGB Survey, London: Stonewall. (Available here: http://www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/other/startdownload.asp?openType=forced&documentID=555)

Williams, M. (2006) E-crime: A Rapid Evidence Assessment, Report for the Welsh Assembly Government e-Crime Steering Group.

Conference presentations

Keynotes

2013 'Partnership Working in Cybercrime Reduction in the UK' 3rd International Conference on Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics, Cardiff University

2012 'Using Social Media Data in Criminology'  CCLJ Postgraduate Conference on Theory and Method in Criminological Research, Cardiff University

Invited

2013 'Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory', British Academy, London

2013 'Social Media and Prediction: Crime Sensing, Data Integration and Statistical Modelling', National Centre for Research Methods, London School of Economics

2013 'COSMOS: Theory, Method and Data' Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick  

2013, 'The Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory', New Social Media, New Social Science? Blurring the Boundaries: One Year On, ESRC Seminar Series, Royal Statistical Society, London

2013 'Using Social Media with Survey Data', New Social Media, New Social Science? Blurring the Boundaries: One Year On, ESRC Seminar Series, Royal Statistical Society, London

2013 'Social Factors in Cyber Security', School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

2013 'Demonstration of Pre-Alpha Version of COSMOS', School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland, Australia.

2013 'Social Science and Computer Science Collaboration: Lessons Learnt', School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland, Australia.

2013 'Beyond the Empirical Crisis: Augmentation, Re-orientation or Surrogacy', School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland, Australia.

2013 'The Collaboarative Online Social Media Observatory: Past, Present and Future', School of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland, Australia.

2013 'Multi-Agency Partnerships in Cybercrime Reduction: Mapping the Cooperation Space', Northumbria University 

2013 'Cardiff Online Social Media Observatory', Web Observatory Launch, Royal Society, London.

2013 'Computational and Transformational Social Science', Digital Social Research Experts Meeting, Keble College, Oxford University 

2012 ‘Launch of the eCrime Partnership Mapping Study’, HMG Parliamentary Information Technology Committee, Portcullis House, London.

2012 ‘Supporting Empirical Digital Social Research for the Social Sciences with a Virtual Research Environment’, Digital Research 2012 Conference, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

2012 ‘Survey Findings from the All Wales Hate Crime Project’, Welsh Government, Cardiff.

2012 ‘Treating social media as data: Computational sociological methods, Data analysis and the Cardiff Online Social Media ObServatory (COSMOS)’, National Centre for Research Methods, Research Methods Festival, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

2012 ‘Computational Social Science and Methodological Innovation: Surrogacy, Augmentation or Reorientation’, Blurring the boundaries: New social media, new social science?, NatCen London, ESRC Seminar Series.

2012 ‘Mining Tension and Cohesion using the Cardiff Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS)’, National Centre for Research Methods, Research Methods Festival, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

2012 ‘The Cardiff Online Social Media Observatory’, Digital Social Research Programme Experts Meeting, Keble College, Oxford University.

2011 ‘Partnership working in eCrime Reduction, Cardiff Centre for Crime Law and Justice, Cardiff.

2011 ‘The Cardiff Digital Research Platform’, Digital Social Research Demonstrator Programme Kick-off Conference, Keble College, University of Oxford.

2011 ‘Preliminary findings from the eCrime Partnership Mapping Study’, eCrime Partnership Mapping Study, HMG Parliamentary Information Technology Committee, Portcullis House, Westminster, London.

2010 'Mapping Cybercrime and its Control', eCrime Reduction Partnership Business/Government Roundtable, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London.

2009 “Deviance and Governance in Mataverses”, German Research Foundation Conference on Virtual Worlds and Criminality, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2009 “Online Research: Past, Present and Future”, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

2008 "Avatars, Griefing and Spoofing: Deviance and Governance in Virtual Worlds", Sheffield University School of Law, Sheffield University.

2008 "A Second (Criminal) Life?: Deviance and Control in Virtual Worlds", Triple Helix Seminar, University of Cambridge.

2008 “Governance of Virtual Worlds”, presented at Virtual Policy ’08, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, London.

2007 “Methodological Dilemmas of Conducting Online Participant Observation”, European Science Foundation EUROQUAL Digital Methods Conference, Cardiff University.

2006 “Policing Virtual Communities”, ESRC Community Policing in an Age of Diversity Seminar Series, Cardiff University.

2006 “Avatar Watching: Participant Observation in Graphical Online Environments”, ESRC QUALITI Methods Node Seminar, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

2006 “e-Crime Rapid Evidence Assessment”, Welsh Assembly Government e-Crime Steering Group, Cardiff.

2005 “Cybercrime: Definitions, Impact and Control”, Department of Sociology Seminar Series, University of Surrey.

2005 “Digital Ethnography”, Advanced Methods in Criminology Workshop, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

2004 “Policing the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community in Wales”, Stonewall Cymru AGM, Swansea.

2004 “The Virtual Ethnographer: The Ethical Challenges of Researching Online Environments”, ESRC Online Resources Workshop at the Cathy Marsh Centre for Survey Research, Manchester University.

2003 “Policy Implications of the Stonewall Cymru All Wales LGB Survey”, launch of the Stonewall Cymru All Wales LGB Survey, Welsh Assembly.

2003 “Findings from the Stonewall Cymru All Wales LGB Survey”, Sexuality Research Group Seminar Series, Cardiff University.

2002 “Understanding and Controlling Electronic Vandalism”, ESRC Immateriality Seminar Series, Cybercrime Research Unit, Department of Law, University of Leeds.

As a Delegate

2012 “Factors predicting impacts of hate crime across strands’, Hate Crime Symposium, Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, Cardiff.

2012 “The Impacts of Hate Crime in Wales”, Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Annual Conference, Gregynog, Wales.

2011 “All Wales Hate Crime Project: Preliminary Findings”, Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Annual Conference, Gregynog, Wales.

2010 “Hate Crime in Wales: A Preliminary Statistical Analysis”, American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, San Francisco.

2007 “Homophobic Hate Crime in Wales: Patterns, Predictors and Consequences”, presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, London School of Economics.

2006 “Homophobic Victimisation Amongst Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual People in Wales”, presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Los Angeles.

2006 “Punishment & Cybersociety: Vigilantism and Shaming Online”, presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University.

2005 “Policing and Cybersociety: The Maturation of Regulation within an Online Community”, presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, University of Leeds.

2004 “Crime Reduction and Online Vandalism: Applying Situational Crime Prevention to Internet Contexts” presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Nashville.

2003 “Re-engineering Focus Group Methodology for the Online Environment”, presented at Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

2003 “Understanding the Order of King Punisher: Vandalism in Virtual Reality Communities”, presented at 13th World Congress of Criminology, Rio de Janeiro.

2003 “Problems and Prospects with Policing the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community in Wales”, presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Denver.

2002 “Tackling the Virtual Vandal: Designing Out Crime within Virtual Reality Communities”, presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Chicago.

2001 “Virtually Criminal: Explaining Deviant Behaviour within Online Social Spaces”, presented at the Centre for Criminological and Legal Research, University of Sheffield.

2000 “Hate-Speech Online: Computer-Mediated Communication as a Vehicle for Criminality”, presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, San Francisco.

2000 “Burdened Text: Linguistic Subordination and Harm in Online Communities”, presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Leicester University.

1999 “Virtually Criminal: The Aetiology of Online Deviance and Anxiety”, presented at the British Criminology Conference, Liverpool John Moores University.

1998 “The Internet, Crime and Late Modernity”, presented at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Cardiff University.