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Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Laura Huey, Professor

Ph.D U. British Columbia Full CV
M.A. U. British Columbia
B.A. Hons. Simon Fraser U.

Recent Activities

November 2017. Elected Fellow of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Royal Society of Canada.


  • Bio

  • Teaching

  • Publications

  • Research


My primary areas of current research, teaching and community service are in the fields of policing, mental health and countering violent extremism. When time permits I also work on issues of criminal victimization (particularly among socially and economically marginalized groups). I value the creation and mobilization of actionable research to inform policy, practice and/or to shape our understanding of important social phenomenon, and both my own projects, and those of my students, are centred on producing research that meets one or more of these criteria.

Among other activities, I am currently: 

- the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing (a national network of researchers, police leaders/practitioners, policy-makers and emerging scholars with links to the UK, US and Australia/New Zealand chapters of SEBP);

- a Research Fellow with the London Police Service;

- a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Foundation ;

- a Member of the International Advisory Board, Police Executive Programme, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

- a Collaborator with the International CyberCrime Research Centre, Simon Fraser University;

- a Member of the International Committee of the Policing Division, American Society of Criminologists;

- Research Collaborator with the Police Research Lab, Carleton University;

- a member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Community Safety & Crime Prevention committee.


Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy? Bringing the real world in.

Currently Teaching

4451F-001 Policing and Society

4451G-001 Policing and Society

9009A-001 Evidence-Based Policy

9021B-001 Qualitative Research Methods


Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status:  MA, PhD

PhD Theses

Hina Kalyal (2015 -)

Ryan Broll (2010-2015)

Hillary Peladeau (2016 -)

Jacek Koziarski (2018- )

MA Theses

Lorna Ferguson (2017- )

Felisha Lindsay (2017-2018)

Mathew Murray (2017-2018)

Aaron Mark (2017-2018)

Rachel Inch (2016-2017)

Eric Witmer (2015-2016)

Cindy Hohner (2015-2017)

Joseph Varanese (2014-2016)

Hillary Pelladeau (2014-2016)

Ryan Broll (2008-2010)

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV


(forthcoming) Evidence Based Policing: An Introduction to Key Ideas. Policy Press (with R. Mitchell).

(2018) Becoming Strong: Impoverished Women and the Struggle to Overcome Violence. University of Toronto Press (with R. Broll).

(2016) Adding Insult to Injury: (Mis)Treating Homeless Women in Our Mental Health System . Lynn Reinner (with R. Ricciardelli).


Accepted. “Pioneers in Policing: Richard V. Ericson.” Police Practice & Research.

In press. “‘There’s More Than One Right Path to the Destination”: Does Degree Type Make a Difference in Police Recruiting?’ Journal of Criminal Justice Higher Education (with H. Kalyal and H. Peladeau).

In press. “‘@me if you need shout out’: Exploring Women’s Roles in Islamic State Twitter Networks”. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (with R. Inch and H. Peladeau).

In press. “‘Every Time I Try to Get Out, I Get Pushed Back’: The Role of Violent Victimization in Women’s Experiences of Multiple Homelessness.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence (with R. Broll).

(2017) “To What Extent Do Canadian Police Professionals Believe that their Agencies are ‘Targeting, Testing, and Tracking’ New Policing Strategies and Programs?” Police Practice and Research, 18(6): 544-555 (with B. Blaskovits, C. Bennell, H. Kalyal and T. Walker).

(2017) “‘We Deal with Human Beings’: The Emotional Labour Aspects of Criminal Investigations” for International Journal of Police Science and Management, 19(3): 140-147 (with H. Kalyal)

(2017) "Policing ‘Domestic Disturbances’ in Small Towns and Rural Communities: Implications for Officer and Victim Safety.” Canadian Review of Sociology, 54(2): 198-215. (with R. Ricciardelli)

(2017) "Policing Terrorism: Canadian Perspectives and Practices." The Journal of Police Studies (with R. Ricciardelli and C. Griffiths)

(2017) "Digilantism: An Analysis of Crowdsourcing and the Boston Marathon Bombings." The British Journal of Criminology (with J. Nhan and R. Broll).

(2017) "Replication and Reproduction in Canadian Policing Research: A Note." Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice, 59(1): 123-138.(with C. Bennell).

(2016) "Austerity Policing's Imperative: Understanding the Drivers of Policing Activity in Canada." International Journal of Police Science & Management, 18(2): 133-139. (with K. Cyr and R. Ricciardelli).

(2016) "Unearthing Hidden Keys: Why Pracademics are a Valuable (if Underutilized) Resource in Policing Research." Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 10(3): 300-307. (with R. Mitchell).

(2016) "‘There Is No Strength in Emotions’: The Role of Street Enculturation in Influencing How Victimized Homeless Women Speak about Violence.” The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(10): 1817-1841.

(2016) "Quantifying Salient Concepts Discussed in Social Media Content: A Case Study Using Twitter Content Written by Radicalized Youth." Journal of Terrorism Research, 7(2): 79-89 (with S. Ghajar-Kosravi, P. Kwantes and N. Derbentseva).

(2016) "From Seeds to Orchards: Using Evidence-Based Policing to Address Canada’s Policing Research Needs.’” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 58(1) : 119-131 (with Rose Ricciardelli).

(2016) "#IS_Fangirl: Exploring a New Role for Women in Terrorism.” Journal of Terrorism Research, 7(1): 1-10 (Eric Witmer).

(2015) “‘This Isn’t What I Signed Up For’: When Officer Role Expectations Conflict with the Realities of General Duty Work in Rural Communities” (with Rose Ricciardelli). International Journal of Police Science & Management, 17(3): 194-203.

(2015) "“This is Not Your Mother’s Terrorism: Social Media, Online Radicalization and the Practice of Political Jamming.” Journal of Terrorism Research, 6(2): 1-16.

(2015) "'Just Being Mean to Somebody Isn't a Police Matter': Police Perspectives on Policing Cyber-bullying" (with R. Broll) Journal of School Violence

(2014) "'They Just Asked Me Why I Became Homeless': 'Failure to Ask' as a Barrier to Homeless Women's Ability to Access Services Post-Victimization" (with R. Broll) Violence and Victims, 29(6).

(2014) "'I Don’t Find it Sexy at All': Criminal Investigators' Views of Media Glamorization of Police 'Dirty Work'" (with Ryan Broll) Policing & Society

(2014) "'I Had a Lot of Anger and That's What Kind of Led Me to Cutting Myself': Employing a Social Stress Framework to Explain Why Some Homeless Women Self-Injure" (with Danielle Hryniewicz and Georgios Fthenos) Health Sociology Review, 23(2).

Chapters in books

(2015) "The Gray Cygnet Problem in Terrorism Research” (with J. Varanese and R. Broll) in M. Bouchard (ed.) Radical and Connected: Social Networks, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. London: Routledge.

(2014) "Understanding Critical Criminology" in N. Boyd (ed.) Understanding Crime in Canada: An Introduction to Criminology Edmonton, AB.: Edmond Montgomery Publications.

Working papers/technical reports

(2016) "What One Might Expect: A Scoping Review of the Canadian Policing Research Literature."

(2016) "Cheering on the Jihad: Exploring Women's Participation in Pro-Jihadist Online Radical Milieus."

(2015) "The Importance of Reproduction in Evidence Based Policing: A Comment."

(2015) "No Sandwiches Here: Representations of Women in Dabiq and Inspire Magazines.” TSAS working papers series.

(2015) "‘Questions about Dawlah. DM me, plz.’ The Sock Puppet Problem in Online Terrorism Research” (with H. Kalyal)

(2014) "The Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing Models (Beare, Dupont, Duxbury, Huey, et al.). Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges. Ottawa, Ont. Council of Canadian Academies.


I'm working on several projects related to my main research area: evidence based policing.

Research and Teaching Networks

Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing, Director

Smart Cybersecurity Network - Réseau Intégré sur la Cybersécurité (SERENE-RISC), co-PI

Centre International de Criminologie Comparée (Université de Montréal), Collaborateur