Dr Julia Davidson, OBE

Professor of Criminology & Director, Institute for Connected Communities, University of East London

Julia Davidson, PhD(LSE), OBE is Professor of Criminology at the University of East London and is Director of the Institute of Connected Communities. She is one of the foremost experts on research and policy in the area of online child protection. Julia is Chair of the UK Council for Internet Safety Evidence Group and provides expert advice to national and international organisations worldwide. She is also Chair of the Ethics Committee of the UK Independent Inquiry into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and is a member of the Europol EC3 Expert Academic Advisory Group.

Julia has 30 years’ experience of directing large scale research projects and programmes and has acted as an advisor on child online protection to governments in the EU, South America, Africa and the MENA region since 2009. Julia has worked with the media since 2003 and has published widely in the child abuse and online harms area.