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Researching Cybercrimes

Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Approaches

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides a state-of-the-art collection on conducting cybercrime research

  • Seeks to develop a common jargon, methodology and ethical standards for researching cybercrime across the globe

  • Presents a diverse range of cybercrime research examples, from an international range of contributors

  • Speaks to those in the social sciences, applied philosophy, computer science, legal ethics and beyond

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. Methodologies and Strategies for Cybercrime Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-105
    2. Using Digital Open Source and Crowdsourced Data in Studies of Deviance and Crime

      • Rajeev V. Gundur, Mark Berry, Dean Taodang
      Pages 145-167
    3. Developing Open-Source Databases from Online Sources to Study Online and Offline Phenomena

      • Emily Ann Greene-Colozzi, Joshua D. Freilich, Steven M. Chermak
      Pages 169-190
    4. Too Much Data? Opportunities and Challenges of Large Datasets and Cybercrime

      • Jack Hughes, Yi Ting Chua, Alice Hutchings
      Pages 191-212
    5. Honeypots for Cybercrime Research

      • Robert C. Perkins, C. Jordan Howell
      Pages 233-261
    6. Social and Semantic Online Networks

      • Elena Pavan
      Pages 263-281
  3. Geographies and Cultures of Ethics in Cybercrime Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 323-325
    2. Researching Cybercrime in the European Union: Asking the Right Ethics Questions

      • Francisco J. Castro-Toledo, Fernando Miró-Llinares
      Pages 327-345

About this book

This edited book promotes and facilitates cybercrime research by providing a cutting-edge collection of perspectives on the critical usage of online data across platforms, as well as the implementation of both traditional and innovative analysis methods. The accessibility, variety and wealth of data available online presents substantial opportunities for researchers from different disciplines to study cybercrimes and, more generally, human behavior in cyberspace. The unique and dynamic characteristics of cyberspace often demand cross-disciplinary and cross-national research endeavors, but disciplinary, cultural and legal differences can hinder the ability of researchers to collaborate. This work also provides a review of the ethics associated with the use of online data sources across the globe. The authors are drawn from multiple disciplines and nations, providing unique insights into the value and challenges evident in online data use for cybercrime scholarship. It is a key text for researchers at the upper undergraduate level and above.


  • research methods
  • research methods in the social sciences
  • computer science research methods
  • research ethics
  • crime and technology
  • researching crime online
  • cybersecurity
  • security
  • sociology research methods
  • data collection
  • digital ethnography


“In Researching Cybercrimes: Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Approaches Lavorgna and Holt bring together a wealth of expertise addressing the challenges and opportunities for conducting criminological research in a digital society. This collection is an invaluable resource for both early and established scholars of cybercrime, or indeed anyone seeking guidance on the techniques and ethical considerations necessary for digital research. It is an outstanding contribution to cyber and digital criminologies: synthesizing and extending understanding of a range of both familiar and innovative methods in the discipline. In doing so Researching Cybercrimes is an important - indeed an essential - sourcebook for criminologists and other social scientists addressing crime, harm and deviance in cyberspace” (Dr Anastasia Powell, Associate Professor in Criminology & Justice Studies, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, Australia) 

“This timely and essential book provides much-needed methodological insights and ethical guidance to cybercrime researchers. It will enable aspiring and experienced criminologists to design responsible data collection and analysis protocols and draw inspiration from a truly interdisciplinary and international sample of best practices” (Prof Benoit Dupont is Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, Canada) 

“Criminology is difficult. It involves studying behavior that many would rather go uninvestigated or even unnoticed out of fear of shame, reprisal, or apprehension. The issue is only more acute for criminologists examining cybercrimes. Well-documented are the advantages offered to criminals by computers and the internet as are the disadvantages for researchers and law enforcement. Fortunately, criminologists have made significant strides in recent decades to forge innovative solutions to problems endemic to cybercrime research. In Researching Cybercrimes, Anita Lavorgna and Thomas Holt have assembled a crack team of internationally respected cybercrime scholars to provide a robust assessment of the contemporary methodological landscape while charting directions for future cybercrime research. Its chapters cut across a variety of subjects sure to be of interest to scholar and student alike including the logic of cybercrime inquiry, innovations and challenges in data gathering and analysis, and cybercrime research ethics. All self-respecting cybercrime researchers should keep this volume within arm’s reach” (Dr Kevin F. Steinmetz is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

    Anita Lavorgna

  • School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

    Thomas J. Holt

About the editors

Anita Lavorgna is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Southampton, UK. Anita has an international research track record on and expertise in interdisciplinary research drawing together criminology, socio-legal studies, and web science. She has worked extensively on cybercrime, serious and organised crime, and online social harms. 

Thomas J. Holt is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, USA. His research focuses on cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and the policy response to these phenomena.  His work has appeared in a range of academic journals in criminology and criminal justice.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-74837-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)