Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Victoria Wang

  • Qualifications: BSc Computer Science (University of Swansea); PhD Criminology (University of Swansea); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Security and Cybercrime
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3900
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My current research ranges over cyber/information security, surveillance studies, social theory, technological developments and online research methods. My latest research projects involve: (i) data release and its related issues of trust, privacy and security; (ii) techno-social theories as conceptual tools to understand cyberspace and its security issues; (iii) a general formal theory of digital identity and surveillance; (iv) formal methods for monitoring, data collection and interventions; (v) cyberbullying; and (vi) cyber security/crime in Nigeria, Vietnam and the Darknet, security threats and management measures in organisations, and possible roles that technologies can play in the governance of cybercrime (Five doctoral supervisions as the 1st supervisor).

More generally, for the past few years (since the completion of my doctorate), I have been exploring (i) the roles played by technology in social theories about modernity and (ii) the sociological nature of the technical and social development of the Internet. These studies have inspired the formulation of a theory of Phatic Technology – defined as technologies that establish, develop and maintain human relationships. Of course, the Internet is not the first phatic technology, but without question the Internet has made phatic technology a central part of modern life. My work has been directed towards a greater understanding of the sociological significance of phatic technology by establishing a relationship between phatic technology and contemporary social theories. The theory of phatic technology serves as a conceptual framework for investigating a range of the important questions that arise from current developments of social technologies in social life, especially in areas such as security and surveillance. 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Information Security (DLUG, Level 5)
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, crime and terror (FTUG, Level 6)
  • Internet Risk and Security (DLUG, Level 6)
  • Cybercrime, Security and Risk Management (DLPG, Level 7)


  • Information Security: risk assessment and data science
  • Surveillance and monitoring: formal methods and practices
  • Cybercrime: theories and practices
  • Contemporary criminological and social theories
  • The co-construction of technology and society: social aspects of the internet

Research profile

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