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

2015 Cited in “Signs of the Times.” Phil Gurski's Terrorism in Canada and the West blog

2015 Cited in "Every Joke is a Tiny Revolution.” The Wilson Quarterly.

2015 Cited in "‘Moving beyond ‘terrorists’ and ‘victims’ Report for Public Safety Canada.

Recent Activities

September 22, 2015 "Evidence Based Policing" at Canadian Police Knowledge Network Stanhope workshop, Charlottetown.

July 28-30 Participant, Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Lessons from Canada, the UK and the US. Conference of the US Department of Justice and Homeland Security. Washington, DC.


  • Bio

  • Teaching

  • Publications

  • Research

  • My favourite things


My two primary areas of current research, teaching and community service are in the fields of policing 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 currently am the Director of the following groups:

- 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); 

- the Canadian Policing Research Network (an information sharing network of academic researchers from across Canada), and;

- the Countering Violent Extremism Research Lab at Western (a graduate research lab funded by Public Safety Canada through TSAS).

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


(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) "#IS_Fangirl: Exploring a New Role for Women in Terrorism.” Journal of Terrorism Research (with Eric Witmer).

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

(forthcoming) "‘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.

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

(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 Ryan 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 Ryan Broll, Danielle Hryniewicz and Georgios Fthenos) 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" (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.

Chapters in Books

(2015) "The Gray Cygnet Problem in Terrorism Research” (with Joseph Varanese and Ryan Broll) in M. Bouchard (ed.) Radical and Connected: Social Networks, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. London: Routledge. Pp. 34-47.

(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 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.

Working papers/technical reports

(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 Hina 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.). 2014. 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" (with Danielle Hryniewicz) for Public Safety Canada.


I'm working on several projects related to two of my main research areas: policing and terrorism. These include projects on evidence based policing, remote reporting and radicalization.

Current Research Projects

The Police Paperwork Burden (with Rose Ricciardelli and Kevin Cyr)

Supportive Reporting in Newfoundland (with Rose Ricciardelli and RCMP B division)

Research and Teaching Networks

Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing, Director

Canadian Policing Research Network, 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

Felix helps with the paperwork