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Alisdair Gillespie supervises 2 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Professor Alisdair Gillespie

Professor, Head of Department

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593706


Research overview

Professor Gillespie's main research interests relate to the law of child sexual exploitation, particularly where it is facilitated by Information & Communication Technologies, and much of his work relates to child pornography, child grooming and child solicitation. He is also interested in cybercrime issues and have a particular interest in harmful content (including child pornography, hate-crime material and self-harm websites) although he is also interested in more general cybercrime issues. Professor Gillespie has a research interest in the regulation of covert surveillance, including open-source intelligence.

PhD supervision

Criminal Law; Sexual Offences; Cybercrime; Covert Policing; Criminal Justice (including Evidence).

  • Published

    The English legal system

    Weare, S. & Gillespie, A. 06/2015 The English legal system. Gillespie, A. (ed.). 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsOther chapter contribution

  • Published

    Complicity on the internet

    Gillespie, A. 04/2013 Participation in crime: domestic, comparative and international perspectives. Reid, A. & Bohlander, M. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 205-222 18 p. (Substantive Issues in Criminal Law)

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Published

    Adolescents, sexting and human rights

    Gillespie, A. 2013 In : Human Rights Law Review. 13, 4

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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