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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Ruth joined the criminology team as a Lecturer in 2008 and she is currently the Course Director for the BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice degree for full-time students.Her research and teaching interests principally concern cybercrime offending, victimisation and the policing of cyberspace.Consequently, she is primarily a computational criminologist seeking to address criminological issues such as organised crime through blending criminology, applied mathematics and computer science techniques.Ruth has worked with many UK police forces, the National Crime Agency and the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol whilst undertaking her research. She has also represented Northern Ireland on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Research Panel.She holds a BA Hons in Sociology and Politics from Queen's University Belfast, a MSc in Cybercrime and E-investigation with Distinction and Dean's Award for Academic Achievement from the University of Derby and a PhD in Sociology from Queen's University Belfast. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.Ruth co-ordinates three modules at undergraduate level, Cybercrime, Theories of Crime and Criminalisation and Crime and the Media.She also  participates in the Erasmus Programme, teaching at InHolland University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam annually.

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Animal Rights Extremism and the Internet

McAlister, R. & Monaghan, R., 12 Mar 2020, Digital Extremisms: Readings in Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism in the Online Space . Littler, M. & Lee, B. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 133-156 24 p. (Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity ).

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Prevention of trafficking and sexual exploitation of European women: Tortoise and the Hare approach

McAlister, R. & van Rij, J., 25 Nov 2019, The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking. Winterdyk, J. & Jones, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sexual Violence in Conflict Societies: Lessons for Ireland

McAlister, R., 5 Jun 2015, Unknown Publisher. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Webscraping as an Investigation Tool to Identify Potential Human Trafficking

McAlister, R., 24 Jul 2015, Unknown Host Publication. Association for Computing Machinery, 2 p.

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We do not forgive. We do not forgive. Expect us

McAlister, R., 14 Feb 2015

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