Researcher biography

Jonah Rimer is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Queensland, and Convenor of the Cyber Criminology field of study for UQ's postgraduate Cyber Security programs. He is also an Associate Researcher with the Young Lives Research Lab (Canada), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Jonah holds a DPhil in Anthropology and an MPhil in Medical Anthropology from Oxford University, and a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Guelph. His primary research areas are cybercrime; online sexual offending; child abuse; social science of the Internet; childhood and youth studies; policy and the justice system; and qualitative, ethnographic, and digital research methods. He is particularly interested in the human factors and social elements of cybercrime, and more generally, the sociality of online spaces and impacts of digital media use.

Jonah has previous experience working in a child abuse prevention and treatment agency, and is keen to make connections between policy, practice, and academia. He collaborates with colleagues locally and internationally in academia, law enforcement, the public sector, and the not-for-profit sector, and he has been invited to present for organisations including the Ontario Provincial Police, the UK Ministry of Justice, the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Toronto Public Health, the Queensland Police Service, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children. Jonah's research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Australia. He has experience teaching Criminology, Anthropology, and Research Methods, and currently teaches CRIM7080 (Cyber Criminology and Global Security), CRIM7060 (Cybercrime Offending), and CRIM2080 (Criminology and Global Security).

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