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Particularly enjoy applying scientific rigour and academic analysis to real-world situations to obtain evidence-based solutions.  

Externally funded projects:

  • Security Conference Presentation Event. Funder: QinetiQ. £7,000 (PI)
  • Innovation Concept Event. Funder: QinetiQ. £10,000 (PI)
  • Brands on the Darknet 2.0. Funder: Crowe UK. £5,000 (PI)
  • Victims of Computer Misuse Crime. Funder: Home Office. £60,950 (CoI)
  • ASC Task 0175 IMMT: Identification of Innovation Models, Methods and Tools. Funder: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory [dstl]. Portsmouth received: £23,957 (Academic PI)
  • Data Release: Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security. Funder: ERSRC (Joint PI). EP/N027825/1 (£360k; Portsmouth); EP/N028139/1 (£1.24M; Swansea)
  • Understanding the UK Cyber Skills Labour Market. Funder: DCMS, UK Government. Portsmouth received: £8,250 (CoI)
  •  The UK government's annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey  (2016201720182019). Funder: DCMS, UK Government. Portsmouth received: £12,749 (CoI)
  • Brands on the Darknet (PI) & The Real Cost of Application Fraud (CoI). Funder: Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP. £10,000
  • One of the four members of the panel of academic experts of an IPSOS/Mori-led project – Understanding the UK Cyber Skills Labour Market 2.0. Funder: DCMS, UK Government.

Research Interests

Victoria's future research interests include: developing her Phatic Technology Theory for applications in marginalised urban societies, and developing cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure.

Her current research ranges over cyber/information security, surveillance studies, social theory, technological developments and online research methods. 

Her latest research projects involve:

  1. data release and its related issues of trust, privacy and security;
  2. security threats and management measures in organisations;
  3. formal methods for monitoring, data collection and interventions;
  4. a general formal theory of digital identity and surveillance;
  5. developing new techno-social theories such as ‘Phatic Technologies’ as conceptual tools to understand cyberspace and its security issues;
  6. cybercrime and threats in various countries, e.g., Nigeria, and various networks, e.g., the Darknet; and
  7. cyberbullying. 

Victoria has published many peer-reviewed journal papers with plentiful in progress, and currently manages 9 doctoral students: including 4 professional doctorate students in their research phase as their 1st supervisor, as well as 5 professional doctorate students in their taught phase as their tutor. To date, 5 of her previous PhD students successfully defended their theses. Previous and current doctoral supervision areas include:

  • UK police operational decision-making model
  • Cyber security for Critical National Infrastructures (CPNI)
  • Cybercrime in Nigeria - Perception and reality 
  • Cybercrime in Nigeria - Techno-social governance
  • Human factors and their impacts on crisis resilience
  • The roles, skills, and practices of the Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Cybercrime and its governance in Vietnam (sponsored by the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security)
  • Cybersecurity management within South Korean business - risks and cybercrime involving industrial security (partially sponsored by the Korean National Police)

Her latest publications include:

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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