Criminology lecturer's research recognised by ANZSOC

Criminology lecturer's research recognised by ANZSOC

ANZSOC's New Scholar Prize is awarded each year for the best publication in criminology written by a member of the Society who qualifies as an early career researcher. Dr James Martin received the award for his article Lost on the Silk Road: Online drug distribution and the 'cryptomarket.'

"I was delighted to receive this year's prize for my work on online illicit drug markets. It will hopefully attract scholarly attention to this little understood criminal phenomenon," James said.

The risks posed by the rapid proliferation of online illicit marketplace and cryptomarkets (a new criminological concept) are largely unknown and require further research. James' article analyses the implications Silk Road has for drug consumers and law enforcement, and how online communication technologies are transforming crime.

His current research plan is to complete a large scale study of online drug markets, a project which is currently funded through the Macquarie University Research Development Grant scheme. The completion of this project and the New Scholar Prize award will assist in gaining support from the Australian Research Council for a larger scale project intended to commence in 2017.

Dr James Martin's research interests include cryptomarkets and online drug distribution, global drug prohibition and the War on Drugs, transnational crime and policing, and CCTV and security networks. He is a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, and the Program Director of Criminology at Macquarie.

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