Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Laura Huey, Associate Professor

Ph.D U. British ColumbiaFull CV
M.A. U. British Columbia
B.A. Hons. Simon Fraser U.

In the News

1May2010 "'CSI Effect' has public second-guessing real police" The Star Phoenix

Recent Activities

16Nov2012 Presented “Cyber-Posses, Virtual Mobs and Lone Wolves: A Typology of Individuals And Groups Who Participate In ‘Justice-Oriented’ Activities Online” (with Johnny Nhan) at the American Society of Criminologists’ annual meeting, Chicago, Ill.

  • Bio

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  • Publications

  • Research

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People sometimes ask how I developed my research and teaching interests, particularly as they're pretty broad and, let's face it, don't always appear related. Before coming back to University at the tender age of 27, I was in IT (Information Technology). My last job before going back to school full-time was as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Now you can see where the interest in online crime and security comes from. I went into Criminology thinking I'd go to law school. You can blame the LSAT for the fact that I am not presently sitting on the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada. I'm not sure what kind of logic they use for the LSAT, but writing the test seemed far less appealing than going to grad school.

During my Master's program at UBC, I took a course with Brian Elliott and the activist, Jim Green, called 'demography.' Don't let the title fool you: it was a course on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in which we were challenged to make ourselves useful by conducting research on behalf of a local community group. My assigned group was the Main & Hastings Community Development Society. They had two guys there - Darren Kitchen and Todd Keller - who were documenting the ill treatment of local DTES residents by private security guards. What they needed was someone to help conduct research and thus were borne two of my passions: research in aid of inner-city residents and ethnography (I slinked around Gastown in various guises trying to catch private security guards hassling people, which also led to an interest in surveillance).

During the course of conducting what became my Master's thesis, I had an informative discussion with a VPD Sergeant (now probably long retired) during which he wryly observed that if police are doing their jobs properly in a politically divided community, then everyone should be a little mad at them because they're not picking favourites - this is the politics of policing. And from that one observation came my PhD dissertation, Negotiating Demands. Since then, I've generally stuck with variations on these topics, but am always looking for new ways to explore them. As a result, you'll see that I employ a lot of different theoretical perspectives in my work. These different strands do, however, share one commonality: they're always from a critical perspective.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy? Bringing the real world in.

Currently Teaching

2253B-001 Administration of Criminal Justice

3323F-001 Genocide

4432G-001 Forensics and Criminal Investigation

9135F-001 Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status:  MA, PhD 

PhD Theses

(2013-present) Julie Marcellin-Young

(2011-present) Georgios Fthenos, Homelessness and Access to Health Care Post-Victimization.

(2010-present) Ryan Broll

(2008-present) Danielle Hryniewicz, Policing in a Democratic Society.

MA Theses

Thesis Examiner for Jennifer Reynolds, The Interaction Between Gender and Risky Lifestyles on Predicting Violent Victimization: A Test of the Chivalry, Convergence and Evil Woman Hypotheses.

Ryan Broll, 'Criminals Are Inside of Our Homes': Two Models of the Relationship Between Perceived Neighbourhood Crime Rate and Intimate Partner Violence.

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV


(2012) Invisible Victims: Homelessness and the Growing Security Gap University of Toronto Press.

(2011) Luis Fernandez, Laura Huey (eds.) Rethinking Policing and Justice: Exploring Alternatives to Law Enforcement Routledge.


(2013) "'If Something Happened, I Will Leave It, Let It Go and Move On': Resiliency and Victimized Homeless Women's Attitudes Toward Mental Health Counseling" (with Danielle Hryniewicz and Georgios Fthenos) The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(2): 294-318.

(2013) "'Uppity Civilians' and 'Cyber  Vigilantes':  The Role of the General Public in Policing Cyber Crime" (with Johnny Nhan and Ryan Broll) Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13(1): 81-97.

(2012)  "'I Need Help and I Know I Need Help. Why Won't Nobody Listen to Me?' Homeless Women’s Experiences with Accessing and Consuming Mental Health Services" (with Georgios Fthenos and Danielle Hryniewicz) Society & Mental Health 2(2): 120-134.

(2012) "'All It Takes Is One TV Show to Ruin It': A Police Perspective on Police-Media Relations in the Era of Expanding Prime Time Crime Markets" (with Ryan Broll) Policing & Society, 22(4): 394-396.

(2012) "'We Never Refer to Ourselves as a Lobby Group Because 'Lobby Group' Has a Different Connotation': Voluntary Police Associations and the Framing of their Interest Group Work" (with Danielle Hyrniewicz) Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 54(3): 287-308.

(2012) "The Review of Privacy Online – Three Questions" Surveillance & Society, 10(3/4).

(2012) "'Putting on Band-Aids': The Contradictory Roles and 'Small Wins' of Tempered Campus Radicals" (with Marni Westerman) Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 33(2)

(2011) "Crime Behind The Glass: Exploring the Sublime in Crime at the Vienna Kriminalmuseum" Theoretical Criminology.

(2011) "Alternatives to Policing: Issues of Justice through the Lens of Law Enforcement" (Guest Editor with Luis A. Fernandez) Contemporary Justice Review 14(1)

(2010) Bridging Divides in Canadian Criminology (Guest Editor with Paul-Philippe Paré) Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 52(3)

(2010) "Bridging Divides in Canadian Criminology: Some Thoughts on a Possible Future" Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 52(3): 237-241 (also published as "Réconcilier les divisions en criminologie canadienne: quelques idées pour le futur" Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 52(3): 243-248

(2010) "A Social Movement for Privacy/Against Surveillance? Some Difficulties in Engendering Mass Resistance in a Land of Twitter and Tweets" Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 42(3): 681-691

(2010) "'Any Girl Can Call the Cops, No Problem': The Influence of Gender on Support for the Decision to Report Criminal Victimization within Homeless Communities" (with Marianne Quirouette) The British Journal of Criminology 50(2): 278-295

(2010) "'I’ve Seen This on CSI': Criminal Investigators and the Management of Public Expectations in the Field" Crime, Media, Culture 6(1)

(2010) "'Folks Should Have Access … How You Do it is the Difficult Thing': Exploring the Importance of Leadership to Maintaining Community Policing Programs for the Homeless" (with Marianne Quirouette) Policing & Society.

(2010) "False Security or Greater Social Inclusion? Exploring Perceptions of CCTV Use in Public and Private Spaces Accessed by the Homeless" The British Journal of Sociology 61(1): 68-86.

(2009) "Homelessness and the 'Exclusive Society' Thesis: Why It Is Important to 'Think Local' to 'Act Local' on Homelessness Issues" European Journal of Homelessness 3: 261-273

(2009) Surveillance and Resistance (Guest Editor with Luis A. Fernandez) Surveillance and Society 6(3)

(2009) "Is Resistance Futile? Thoughts on Resisting Surveillance" Surveillance and Society 6(3): 199-202

Chapters in Books

(2012) "'We Don’t Have These Laser Beams and Stuff Like That': Police Investigations as Low-tech Work in a High-tech World" (with Johnny Nhan) in Stéphane Leman-Langlois (ed.) Technocrime: Policing and Surveillance London: Routledge. Pp. 79-90.

(2011) "Anti-surveillance Activists v. The Dancing Heads of Terrorism: The Role of Signal Crimes, Symbolic Politics and Sound Bites in the Marketing of CCTV Schemes," in Aaron Doyle, Randy Lippert and David Lyon (eds.) Eyes Everywhere: The Global Growth of Camera Surveillance. London: Routledge.

(2011) "The Commodification of Canadian Criminology: What Does the Proliferation of Applied Criminology Programs Mean for the Discipline's Future?" in Aaron Doyle and Dawn Moore (eds) Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. University of British Columbia Press. pp. 75-98.

(2009) "Subverting Surveillance Systems: Access to Information Mechanisms as Tools of Counter-Surveillance" in Sean P. Hier and Joshua Greenberg (eds.) Surveillance: Power, Problems, and Politics UBC Press.

(2008) "The Politics of Sight/Site: Locating Cameras in Vancouver's Public Spaces" (with Kevin D. Haggerty, and Richard V. Ericson) in Mathieu Deflem (ed.) Surveillance and Governance: Crime Control and Beyond Emerald Publishing/JAI Press.

(2008) "Policing through nodes, clusters and bandwidth" (with Johnny Nhan) in Stéphane Leman-Langlois (ed.) Technocrime: Technology, Crime and Social Control Willan.

Technical reports

(2012) "Examination of the Current Normative Discourse on the Balance Between Privacy and Security in Cyberspace" (with Danielle Hryniewicz) for Public Safety Canada.

(2009) "Access to Justice as a Component of Citizenship: Reconsidering Policing Services for Canada's Homeless" (with Marianne Quirouette)

(2009) "The Surveillance Legacy: What Happens to Vancouver's CCTV Systems after the 2010 Olympics?" Security Camera Awareness Network Phase Two Report for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada pp. 66-78


I'm currently starting work on terrorism - both cyberterrorism (with Peter Hoaken, UWO Psych and Benoit Dupont, Crim Montreal, and the radicalization of North American youth (with Teresa Abada)

Current Research Projects

Resiliency Formation in the Lives of Homeless Women with Peter Hoaken.

The Future Looks Good: Trauma and Resiliency in the Lives of Homeless Women (with Georgios Fthenos and Danielle Hryniewicz)

Research and Teaching Networks

Smart Cybersecurity Network - Réseau Intégré sur la Cybersécurité (SERENE-RISC) (Université de Montréal), Collaborateur

Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), Senior Researcher

Centre International de Criminologie Comparée (Université de Montréal), Collaborateur

Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (UWO), Graduate Committee Member

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