Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Dr James Martin

Senior Lecturer

BA (International Studies) (Hons) RMIT University
PhD (Criminology) Monash University


Dr James Martin is a Senior Lecturer and Criminology Program Coordinator at the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. James was awarded his PhD in Criminology from Monash University in 2012. His doctoral research focused on the role of police and vigilante groups in an informal settlement in Johannesburg. James has also conducted extensive research as part of an ARC funded project investigating the use of CCTV surveillance systems in urban centres across Australia.

James' current area of research focus concerns cryptomarkets and online drug distribution on the encrypted dark net. He is Chief Investigator in a Macquarie University funded project investigating the impact of cryptomarket-facilitated drug trading in Australia. James is a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, an international and multidisciplinary research network focused on the study of online black markets.

Selected Publications


  • Martin, J. (2014) Drugs on the Dark Net: How Cryptomarkets are Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs, Palgrave UK

Book chapters

  • Martin, J. (forthcoming) 'Illuminating the Dark Net: The Ethics and Methods of Cryptomarket Research' in Adorjan, Chui and Ricciardelli (eds.) Engaging With Ethics and Method in Criminological Research, Routledge UK
  • McCulloch J. and Martin J. (2013) 'Policing the Globe: International Trends and Issues in Policing', in Bersot (ed.) International Handbook of Crime and Justice, Routledge

Journal articles

  • Martin, J. (2014) 'Lost on the Silk Road: online drug distribution and the 'cryptomarket'', Criminology & Criminal Justice, vol.14, no.3, pp.351-367
  • Martin, J. (2013) 'Informal security nodes and force capital', Policing & Society, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 145-163
  • Martin, J. (2012) 'Vigilantism and state crime', State Crime, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 217-234
  • Martin, J. (2010) 'Vigilantism and informal social control in South Africa', Acta Criminologica, vol. 23, pp. 53-70
  • Martin, J. (2009) 'Vigilantes unmasked: an exploration of informal criminal justice in contemporary South Africa' in Segrave M. (ed.) Australian & New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings, pp. 142-150

Conference papers

  • Martin, J (2015) New Psychoactive Substances and the Dark Net: The Rise of Cryptomarket-facilitated Drug Trading, ESRC Seminar Series: The Psychoactive Substances Bill, Law Enforcement and NPS in Prison: Problems and Solutions, University of Leicester, UK
  • Martin, J. (2015) Criminology on the Digital Frontier: Methods and Ethics in Cryptomarket Research, British Society of Criminology Conference, Plymouth University, UK
  • Martin, J. (2014) Online vs. Conventional Drug Distribution Networks, International Illicit Networks Workshop, Flinders University
  • Martin, J. (2014) Drug Dealing on the Dark Net: How Cyber Offenders are Explanding the Online Trade in Illicit Drugs, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, University of Sydney
  • Martin, J. (2014) 'Fair trade' opium and 'conflict free' cocaine: Online drug dealing and cryptomarket competition in the post-Silk Road era, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Martin, J. (2013) Panellist (by invitation), Sellin-Glueck Award Session, American Society of Criminology Conference, Atlanta, USA
  • Martin, J. (2013) Beyond Silk Road: How Online Illicit Marketplaces are Challenging Law Enforcement and Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs, Thinking Globally about Crime and Justice Seminar Series, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  • Martin, J. (2013) High Online: Analysing The Rise and Rise of The Illicit Drugs Website, Silk Road, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Martin, J. (2013) Silk Road: The New Digital Front in The Global War on Drugs, Australian Critical Criminology Conference, Flinders University, Australia
  • Martin, J. (2011) Resident Perceptions of Crime Control Networks in the Zandspruit Informal Settlement, York Deviancy Conference, University of York, UK
  • Martin, J. (2009) Vigilantes Unmasked: an Exploration of Informal Criminal Justice in Contemporary South Africa, Australian & New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, ANZOC
  • Martin, J. (2009) Do-it-yourself justice: perspectives on informal policing in Zandspruit, Prato Critical Criminology Workshop, Monash Centre, Prato, Italy


PICT101 Introduction to Criminology
PICT102 Policing and Crime

Prizes and awards

  • 2015 - Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology New Scholar Prize
  • 2015 - Finalist Macquarie University Early Career Researcher Award


James is a regular contributor to the news media, and has conducted print, radio and television interviews with media organisations both domestically and around the world, including The Economist, The Guardian, The Age, Adressa, South China Morning Post, VICE Magazine, ABC News 24 and Radio National. James has authored online opinion pieces on the topic of cryptomarkets on The Conversation website, attracting over 55,000 readers.





Dr James Martin

Contact Information:
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9850 1439
Office location:
Building Y3A Room 227
Macquarie University NSW 2109