Dr. Tim Owen

Reader in Criminology

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB226

+44 (0) 1772 89 2258


Subject Areas: Criminology

Dr Tim Owen is a leading, international Criminological Theorist whose unique, ‘Genetic-Social’ meta-theoretical framework draws upon behavioural genetics, evolutionary psychology, the neuroscience of free-will, and the philosophy of Heidegger in the task of ‘building bridges’ between the social and biological sciences. He is the author of nearly 40 publications, six of which are books.

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Tim’s main research interests include cybercrime, genetics and crime, neuroscience and crime, masculinities, the politics of ethnic identity in Northern Ireland and terrorism and security. He welcomes applications for MRes and MPhil/PhD study in these and related areas.


  • Ph.D. Sociology [awarded without amendments], University of Liverpool, 2006.
  • M.A. Sociology and Social Policy [‘Distinction’], University of Liverpool, 1999.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013.

Tim’s latest books are the monograph, Crime, Genes, Neuroscience and Cyberspace [2017, Palgrave] and New Perspectives on Cybercrime [2017, Palgrave], which has been translated into Chinese.

Tim is the Director of the high-profile, UCLan Cybercrime Research Unit (UCRU) , involving media activity including recent interviews on BBC Radio 4 (Listen here) and BBC Radio Lancashire and articles in BBC Focus and The Independent, REF-able publications, consultancy, knowledge transfer, income generation and conferences.

Tim is also a Steering Committee member of UCLan Cyber Offer and a member of UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership.



…Owen, T. [2018] ‘How businesses can use psychology to safeguard against cyber criminals’, Raconteur, May 24th.
…Owen, T. [2017] Crime, Genes, Neuroscience and Cyberspace. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
…Owen, T. et al [2017] New Perspectives on Cybercrime. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer Nature
.…Owen, T. [2014] Criminological Theory: A Genetic-Social Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Tim is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland and a Member of the British Society of Criminology, Invited Member of TITAN’s [Serious Organised Crime Unit of North-West] CISP forum/thinktank on cybercrime, Invited Member of the Home Office/NCSC ‘Future Directions in Cybercrime’ thinktank on cybercrime.


Tim is a Consultant/Reviewer to EPSRC on cybercrime, Consultant to two Bio-informatics companies and a Reviewer for Sage, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Polity Press, Oxford University Press, Current Sociology [Sage], Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences [Blackwell] Journal of Social Behavior [Sage]. Tim is also a member of the Editorial board of The Internet Journal of Criminology and an external examiner for Manchester Metropolitan University Sociology and Criminology Course Validation [2017].


Income generation bids, paid knowledge transfer, consultancy, books, journal articles and conferences in connection with UCRU.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module leader of CJ3026, ‘Crime and New Technologies’, and CJ2101, ‘Critical Thinkers in Criminology’. Research Degree Tutor.


Hosted [2017] Uclan Second Annual Conference on Cybercrime, Uclan.

Hosted [2016]  ‘Rethinking Cybercrime’ Conference on Cybercrime, Uclan.

Other conferences include York Deviancy Conference, Socio-Legal Studies Association, Dept of Philosophy, University of Liverpool.