Computer Laboratory

Alice Hutchings



I am a University Lecturer in the Security Group at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. I am also part of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, an interdisciplinary initiative combining expertise from computer science, criminology, and law.

With Richard Clayton, I established the Cambridge Cybercrime Conference, which will run for the fourth time on Thursday 11 July 2019.

Prior to taking up a lecturership I was a researcher at the Computer Laboratory from January 2014 to October 2018, and a College Research Associate at St John's College, Cambridge, from 2017 to 2018. Before moving to Cambridge I was a Senior Research Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology from 2011 to 2013.

Before entering academia I had a varied research career in local government, parliament, law, and private investigation (intellectual property). I first began researching cybercrime in the late 1990s, while working in industry (mainly relating to domain name misuse and software counterfeiting).

The thesis of my PhD, conferred in 2013, examined why computer crime offenders, namely those engaged in unauthorised access and computer fraud, begin offending, why they continue, and why they stop. My research used a framework of multiple theories of crime, which were integrated to create one theoretical model based on data from current and former offenders.

I've made a list to highlight some academic researchers who do excellent cybercrime research but who I think are under-appreciated. This is not a list of women, it's a list that only has women on it. Just like some citation lists, editor lists, program committee membership lists, and conference agendas are not lists of (but only include) men.

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary researcher. Specialising in cybercrime, I bridge the gap between criminology and computer science. Generally, my research interests include understanding cybercrime offenders, cybercrime events, and the prevention and disruption of online crime. Specific topics I am particularly interested in include:

I established and maintain the Cambridge Computer Crime Database (CCCD), a database of computer crime events where the offender has been arrested, charged and/or prosecuted in the United Kingdom. Please get in touch with me if you have data for inclusion in the CCCD, or if you are an academic considering setting up a similar database in another country. Cybercrime is an international issue, and this should be reflected in the data. I'm happy to assist setting up the relevant data collection mechanisms, and to ensure similar variables are being captured for comparative purposes.

Research students

If you are interested in applying to Cambridge for a research-oriented MPhil or PhD in cybercrime or a related area please get in touch regarding your research topic of interest. More information on the two programmes, including application requirements and information on initial research proposals, can be found on the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science and PhD in Computer Science pages at the Computer Laboratory.


During the 2018-2019 academic year I am teaching the masters-level course R254 - Cybercrime.

If you are interested in a 2018-2019 undergraduate or masters project, please contact me by email.


In 2015, I was elected to serve on the University Council, the principal executive and policy making body of the University of Cambridge. In this capacity I served on a number of other committees and working groups, including the Governance Review Working Group, the University Council's Business Committee, the Risk Steering Committee, the Working Group on Handling Security-Sensitive Research Material, and the Sports Committee. I was also co-opted as a member of the Council of the School of Technology. In October 2018, I resigned from the University Council.

While a member of the University's research staff (2014-2018), I was an elected committee member of the Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society and a member of the Computer Laboratory's Research Staff Forum.

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Dr Alice Hutchings
Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD
United Kingdom