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Crime prevention in cyberspace
Technology and interpersonal violence


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Zarina Vakhitova, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences. Dr Vakhitova is researching the role of technology in facilitating as well as controlling and preventing interpersonal violence. She is an expert in innovative quantitative research methods, in particular in the Bayesian statistical framework.

Her work is published in PLoS One, Computers in Human Behaviour, Crime and Delinquency, Crime Science, Deviant Behavior, Victims and Offenders, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, International Review of Victimology and other international peer-reviewed journals. Her first-author paper published in the leading policing journal Policing and Society was awarded the “Outstanding Policing Research Award” 2022 by The ANZSOC (Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology) Policing Thematic Group.

Dr Vakhitova was awarded over $400,000 in competitive research funding, including two Category 1 Criminology Research Grants by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Masters and PhD Supervision

If you would like to discuss possible PhD topics in the following areas, please get in touch:

  • Crime Prevention in Cyberspace
  • Adapting traditional theories to explain crime in Cyberspace
  • Cybercrime
  • Technology and interpersonal violence

Teaching Commitments

ATS2469 - Victims, Justice and the Law

ATS1422 - Crime prevention and crime control


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • environmental criminology
  • crime analysis
  • quantitative research
  • statistical analysis
  • Bayesian statistics
  • micro theoretical approach
  • situational crime prevention
  • cybercrime
  • cyber abuse
  • routine activity theory
  • victimisation
  • theory testing and development

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