Cyber Victims, Offenders & Policing in context of a life offline

Episode Summary

How do you create a book that can serve as a resource for those jumping into cybercrime research ? We ask our guest Dr. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg who is assistant professor in Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam about the creation of the book “Cybercrime in Context” from the Human Factors in Cybercrime conference. We also find out more about the development in the types and methods that are now being used in cybercrime research. We talk about how cybercrime differs from traditional crime for offenders in terms of life course theory. Dr. James joins us again to answer one of my odd questions about digital forensics. He explains why it is that Digital Forensics requires human investigators and is not an activity that can be automated.

Episode Notes

About our guests:

Dr. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg

Dr. Joshua James


Papers or resources mentioned in this article:

Weulen Kranenbarg, M., & Leukfeldt, R. (2021). Cybercrime in Context . Springer International Publishing.


Weulen Kranenbarg, M., Ruiter, S., & Van Gelder, J. L. (2021). Do cyber-birds flock together? Comparing deviance among social network members of cyber-dependent offenders and traditional offenders. European Journal of Criminology18(3), 386-406.


Weulen Kranenbarg, M., van der Toolen, Y., & Weerman, F. (2022). Understanding cybercriminal behaviour among young people.


Weulen Kranenbarg, M., Ruiter, S., Van Gelder, J. L., & Bernasco, W. (2018). Cyber-offending and traditional offending over the life-course: An empirical comparison. Journal of developmental and life-course criminology, 4(3), 343-364.



The episode with Dr. David Decary-Hetu is episode 55, you can go back a couple of episodes to find that or look here:

I edited this episode a little more aggressively to get it down to 30 minutes, it may have lost a little of its smoothness, but it is concentrated goodness ;).