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

2016 Cited in T. Hopper's "At least five Canadian women have conceived children with ISIL Fighters: Researcher." National Post.

2016 Cited in F. Gale's "Supportive reporting pilot project underway in Bay St. George." The Western Star.

Recent Activities

March 8, 2016 "Policing Partnerships: Evidence Based Policing." Canadian Assn. of Chiefs of Police Research Conference. Montreal.

March 7, 2016 "Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose (on the Need to Adopt an EBP Paradigm.” CICC, Universite de Montreal.

December 14-15, 2015 "Exploring Women's Participation in Online Radical Milieus" at Kanishka Project Conference. Canada House, London, UK.

  • Bio

  • Teaching

  • Publications

  • Research


My two primary areas of current research, teaching and community service are in the fields of policing, mental health and countering violent extremism. When time permits I also work on issues of criminal victimization (particularly among socially and economically marginalized groups). I value the creation and mobilization of actionable research to inform policy, practice and/or to shape our understanding of important social phenomenon, and both my own projects, and those of my students, are centred on producing research that meets one or more of these criteria.

Among other activities, I am currently: 

- the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing (a national network of researchers, police leaders/practitioners, policy-makers and emerging scholars with links to the UK, US and Australia/New Zealand chapters of SEBP);

- a Board Member of the SERENE-RISC cybercrime network; 

- a Research Fellow with the London Police Service;

- a Member of the Canadian Assn. of Police Governance Research & Policy Committee;

- an University Representative and Senior Researcher with The Canadian Network on Terrorism, Security and Society


Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy? Bringing the real world in.

Currently Teaching

2253A-001 Administration of Criminal Justice

2253A-002 Administration of Criminal Justice

4437F-001 Advanced Sociology of Deviance

Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status:  MA, PhD

PhD Theses

Hina Kalyal (2015 -)

Ryan Broll (2010-2015)

MA Theses

Eric Witmer (2015 -)

Cindy Hohner (2015-)

Joseph Varanese (2014 -)

Hillary Pelladeau (2014-)

Ryan Broll (2008-2010)

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


(in press) Adding Insult to Injury: (Mis)Treating Homeless Women in Our Mental Health System. Lynn Reinner (with R. Ricciardelli).

(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.


(forthcoming) "Digilantism: An Analysis of Crowdsourcing and the Boston Marathon Bombings." The British Journal of Criminology (with J. Nhan and R. Broll).

(2016) "‘There Is No Strength in Emotions’: The Role of Street Enculturation in Influencing How Victimized Homeless Women Speak about Violence.” The Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

(2016) "From Seeds to Orchards: Using Evidence-Based Policing to Address Canada’s Policing Research Needs.’” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 58(1): 119-131 (with Rose Ricciardelli).

(2016) "#IS_Fangirl: Exploring a New Role for Women in Terrorism.” Journal of Terrorism Research, 7(1): 1-10 (Eric Witmer).

(2015) “‘This Isn’t What I Signed Up For’: When Officer Role Expectations Conflict with the Realities of General Duty Work in Rural Communities” (with Rose Ricciardelli). International Journal of Police Science & Management, 17(3): 194-203.

(2015) "“This is Not Your Mother’s Terrorism: Social Media, Online Radicalization and the Practice of Political Jamming.” Journal of Terrorism Research, 6(2): 1-16.

(2015) "'Just Being Mean to Somebody Isn't a Police Matter': Police Perspectives on Policing Cyber-bullying" (with R. Broll) Journal of School Violence

(2014) "'They Just Asked Me Why I Became Homeless': 'Failure to Ask' as a Barrier to Homeless Women's Ability to Access Services Post-Victimization" (with R. Broll) Violence and Victims, 29(6).

(2014) "'I Don’t Find it Sexy at All': Criminal Investigators' Views of Media Glamorization of Police 'Dirty Work'" (with Ryan Broll) Policing & Society

(2014) "'I Had a Lot of Anger and That's What Kind of Led Me to Cutting Myself': Employing a Social Stress Framework to Explain Why Some Homeless Women Self-Injure" (with Danielle Hryniewicz and Georgios Fthenos) Health Sociology Review, 23(2).

(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". The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(2).

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

(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" Society & Mental Health 2(2).

(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).

(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).

(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 M. 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 L. Fernandez) Contemporary Justice Review 14(1).

Chapters in books

(2015) "The Gray Cygnet Problem in Terrorism Research” (with J. Varanese and R. Broll) in M. Bouchard (ed.) Radical and Connected: Social Networks, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. London: Routledge.

(2014) "Understanding Critical Criminology" in N. Boyd (ed.) Understanding Crime in Canada: An Introduction to Criminology Edmonton, AB.: Edmond Montgomery Publications.

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

(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 A. Doyle, R. Lippert and D. 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 A. Doyle and D. Moore (eds) Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. UBC Press.

Working papers/technical reports

(2015) "The Importance of Reproduction in Evidence Based Policing: A Comment." http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/sociologypub/35/

(2015) "No Sandwiches Here: Representations of Women in Dabiq and Inspire Magazines.” TSAS working papers series. http://library.tsas.ca/tsas-working-papers

(2015) "‘Questions about Dawlah. DM me, plz.’ The Sock Puppet Problem in Online Terrorism Research” (with H. Kalyal)  http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/sociologypub/33/

(2014) "The Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing Models (Beare, Dupont, Duxbury, Huey, et al.). Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges. Ottawa, Ont. Council of Canadian Academies.

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


I'm working on several projects related to my main research areas: evidence based policing and mental health (trauma/resiliency):

Police Peer Support Evaluation (with Cindy Hohner and Hina Kalyal)

Exploring Resiliency in a Forensic Identification Unit

What do we Actually Know about Police Training? (with Ryan Broll)

Reproduction, Replication and other Methodological Issues in Applied Policing Research (with Craig Bennell)

Research and Teaching Networks

Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing, Director

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

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

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