Dr Mark Wood

Dr Mark WoodDr Mark Wood is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Most of Mark’s research falls within the sphere digital criminology, and examines intersections between technology, crime, and criminal justice. To that end, his research investigates how technologies, including social media and smartphones, shape the way crime is enacted, perceived, understood and responded to. He has examined issues including creepshot websites, Facebook crime prevention pages, street fight pages, smartphone crime prevention apps and the use of social media to subvert police surveillance. In addition to his research into crime and digital technologies, he is also concerned with the public role(s) of criminology, including criminologists’ engagement with news and social media to communicate criminological knowledge beyond the academy.

His first monograph, Antisocial Media: Crime-watching in the Internet Age, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. He has also published in leading criminology journals, including The British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

Current research projects:

  • Assessing a trial of the eRecovery relapse prevention app, with Professor Stuart Ross (The University of Melbourne) and Dr Diana Johns (The University of Melbourne).
  • Book: Criminology and the Media: International Experiences and Perspectives, with Dr Mary Iliadis (Deakin University) and Dr Imogen Richards (Deakin University). Contract with Routledge Publishers.

Research expertise:

  • Technology-facilitated crime
  • Social media and crime
  • Digital crime prevention initiatives
  • Surveillance and surveillance countermeasures
  • Public criminology
  • Media criminology
  • Critical realism and criminological theory
  • Digital criminology
  • Visual criminology

Selected publications:

  • Wood, M.A., Anderson, B., Richards, I., (2019), ‘Breaking down the pseudo-pacification process: Eight critiques of ultra-realist crime causation theory,’ The British Journal of Criminology
  • Wood, M.A., (2019), ‘Policing’s meme strategy: Understanding the rise of police social media engagement work,’ Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Iliadis, M., Richards, I., Wood, M.A., (2019), ‘Newsmaking criminology in Australia and New Zealand: Results from a Mixed Methods Study of Criminologists’ Media Engagement,’ The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
  • Wood, M.A., (2019), ‘What is realist about ultra-realist criminology?’ Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, Vol.11, Issue 3
  • Wood, M.A., Richards, I., Iliadis, M., McDermott, M., (2019), ‘Digital Public Criminology in Australia and New Zealand: Results from a mixed methods study of criminologists’ use of social media,’ The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Vol.8, No.2
  • Wood, M.A., (2019), ‘Algorithmic tyranny: Psycho-Pass, science fiction and the criminological imagination,’ Crime Media Culture, Vol.15, No.2
  • Wood, M.A., Rose, E., Thompson, C., (2019), ‘Viral justice? Online justice seeking, intimate partner violence and affective contagion,’ Theoretical Criminology, Vol.23, Issue 3
  • Thompson, C., Wood, M.A., (2018), ‘A media archaeology of the creepshot,’ Feminist Media Studies, Vol.18, Issue 4
  • Wood, M.A., Thompson, C., (2018), ‘Crowdsourced counter-surveillance: A counter-surveillant assemblage?’ Surveillance & Society, Vol.16, Issue 1
  • Richards, I., Wood, M.A., (2018), ‘Hacktivists Against Terrorism: A Cultural Criminological analysis of Anonymous and ISIS,’ International Journal of Cyber Criminology, Vol.12, Issue 1
  • Wood, M.A., (2018), “I just wanna see someone get knocked the fuck out”: Spectating affray on Facebook fight pages,’ Crime Media Culture, Vol.14, Issue 1
  • Wood, M.A., (2017), ‘Antisocial media and algorithmic deviancy amplification: Analysing the id of Facebook’s technological unconscious,’ Theoretical Criminology, Vol.21, Issue 2
  • Wood, M.A., (2017), Antisocial Media: Crime-watching in the Internet Age, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK

Media engagement:

  • Wood, M.A., (2017), ‘For gangs with a social media presence like Apex, there’s no such thing as bad publicity,’ The Conversation, 13
  • Featured in: Booth, A., (2018), ‘Criminologist warns against sensationalising Victoria’s African youth crime,’ SBS News, Jan.4
  • Featured in: Eddie, R., (2018), ‘Police in schools: Jury out on Matthew Guy’s plan to end youth crime,’ The New Daily, 5
  • Featured in: Grivas, N., (2018) ‘Fact check: Do Sudanese people account for only 1 per cent of crimes committed in Victoria?’ ABC News, 5
  • Featured in: Urban, R., (2018) ‘Streets of menace: gang violence in the suburbs,’ The Australian, 6
  • Featured in: Wahlquist, C., (2018), ‘Victoria’s ‘gang crisis’ and how the election creates a double standard on crime,’ The Guardian, 9
  • Featured in: The World Today (2018) ‘Politicians and media accused of inflaming African community racial tensions,’ interview by Tim Lamacraft, ABC Radio, 3
  • Featured in: African Australians from past to present, (2018), [Documentary] Inception Strategies, New South Wales, Sep.1

For Mark’s Deakin University profile click here.