Bio

David S. Wall, PhD is Professor of Criminology in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK where he conducts interdisciplinary research into cybersecurity and cybercrimes in the cloud, ransomware, policing cybercrime, and organised cybercrime. He has published a wide range of articles and books on these subjects and has a sustained track record of interdisciplinary funded research in these areas from the EU FP6, FP7, H2020, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC and other funders, such as the Home Office and Dstl.

David has been a member of various governmental working groups, such as the Ministerial Working Group on Horizon Planning 2020-25, the Home Office Cybercrime Working Group (2014-2016) which looked at issues of policy, costs and harms of crime and technology to society, also the HMIC Digital Crime and Policing working group in 2015, plus other non-givernmental groups such as chairing the Scientific Board of RISCS.

More recently he has worked with the UN on various initiatives related to cybercrime. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He re-joined the University of Leeds in August 2015 from Durham University where he was Professor of Criminology (2010-2015) and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences (2011-2014). Prior to moving to Durham he was Head of the School of Law (2005-2007) and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice (2000-2005) at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

David's Turing project seeks to conduct exploratory work into improving interdisciplinarity in cyber security research by exploring and mapping out a framework for developing commonly accepted conceptual metrics in cyber security. The project theme aligns with the Turing defence and security programme's applied area of research into cyber security and the project aims to improve the quality and extent of interdisciplinarity in the field of cyber security. The need for common cyber metrics guided by a commonly understood language has been highlighted as an important need by major policy making bodies ranging from the UNODC to DCMS. It also originates from a more practical need that has arisen in my own interdisciplinary research project work and also the scientific board of RISCS (Research Institute for the Science of Cyber Security).

This project will draw upon these experiences and conduct original research. The project aims are to: i) scope out the field of cyber security in terms of the different disciplinary understandings of it; ii) establish the strengths and weaknesses of different understandings of cyber security; iii) develop a 'conceptual language' or framework to enable the different disciplines to talk more meaningfully to each other, and then work together; iv) develop an agenda, and means to improve interdisciplinary communications to create added value in the formulation of ideas for proposals and improve the scientific outputs of projects, whilst increasing the overall value of the projects.