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Evidence Group Members

The UKCCIS Evidence Group provides UKCCIS with a timely, critical and rigorous account of the relevant research. It includes representatives from academia, government, NGOs and industry, and meets regularly in order to identify, evaluate and commission new research relevant to child internet safety.

Julia Davidson PhD (Evidence Group Chair)

Julia Davidson, PhD is Professor of Criminology at Middlesex University and is Co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS, she is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is one of the UK’s foremost experts on child abuse, serious offending and online abuse. She plays an active role in key national committees such as the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (Chairs the Evidence Group) and provides expert advice to international organisations such as UNICEF, Europol, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN ITU, she is also a member of the Interpol Specialist Crimes against Children Group. She is also a Trustee of ECPAT UK.

She has directed a considerable amount of research spanning 25 years in the criminal justice area and is known for her work with serious offenders, child victims of abuse the police and the judiciary, recently she has focused upon online child abuse. She has recently co-directed the first European study exploring Internet offenders’ online grooming/luring practices (funded by the European Commission Safer Internet Programme), the study included partners from Italy, Norway and Belgium Professor Davidson works with countries in developing child Internet legislative and practice safety frameworks where Internet usage is growing: She has recently aided the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a National Child Internet Safety framework and is currently co-directing research exploring cyberbullying in Qatar (comparison with the UK), a project funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation, and is currently working with teachers and other professionals in South America (Suriname) on child online protection.

Professor Davidson has worked extensively with the media and has published widely in the abuse and Internet safety area, she has written 4 books and many academic articles. She has a PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was made Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London in May 2010.  @juliadavidson13

Sonia Livingstone (Evidence Champion)

Sonia Livingstone is a professor of social psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, Sonia's research asks why and how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action, identity and communication rights. She has published twenty books on media audiences, particularly examining the opportunities and risks for children and young people afforded by digital and online technologies, and with a focus on media literacy, social mediations, and children’s rights in the digital age. Her most recent books include The Class: living and learning in the digital age (2016, NYUP) and Digital technologies in the lives of young people (edited, 2014, Routledge), Meanings of Audiences (edited, 2013, Routledge) and Media regulation: governance and the interests of citizens and consumers (2012, Sage).

She is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, Royal Society for the Arts, and is fellow and past President of the International Communication Association. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014. She has advised the UK government, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, UNICEF and others on the opportunities, risks and rights associated with digital technologies for children and young people. Currently she leads the projects Global Kids Online and Preparing for a Digital Future and she directed the 33-country network, EU Kids Online.

See Sonia’s online publicationsall publications, and blog posts on media policy and parenting for a digital future. Or visit and follow @Livingstone_S

Jon Brown

Jon is a qualified Social Worker with a Masters in Social Policy from the LSE. During his career as a Probation Officer and Social Worker he has been responsible for setting up and managing a range of sexual abuse services ranging from therapeutic services for child victims, services for children and young people with sexually harmful behaviour and services for adult sex offenders.

Between 2003-07 Jon was Chair of NOTA, the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers ( and remains on the National Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Loudoun Trust which exists to promote evidence based research and practice in the field of sexual aggression against children, he is a Board member of eNACSO (European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online he is a peer reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council ( and a panel member for the Office for the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into to Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment. 

Prior to taking up this role with the NSPCC Jon was Operational Director of Children’s Services with Action for Children. Since April 2010 he has been in post as Head of Strategy and Development with the NSPCC helping to take forward the new organisational strategy in relation to sexual abuse. Jon is responsible for the design and commissioning of service, policy and research development. In January 2012 he also took responsibility for leading the NSPCCs work with disabled children.


Jo Bryce

Director of Research, Cyberspace Research Unit (CRU), School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire. Jo manages the CRU which provides training and conducts research on young peoples' online behaviour, risk exposure and vulnerability. Jo is the editor of the Research Highlights Series of the UKCCIS Evidence Group.

Karl Hopwood

Karl Hopwood is an independent esafety expert. He is a member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and sits on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre and the education advisory board for CEOP. Karl has worked for a number of key players in the UK and abroad including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), BECTA (British Educational and Communications Technology Agency), the European Commission and several Local Authorities within the UK. As an ex primary headteacher, he continues to work closely with children, young people, parents and teachers to develop safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy. Karl has been employed for the last 7 years as an in-house consultant for INSAFE which is the coordinating node of the EU safer internet programme where he is responsible for the coordination of safer internet helplines across the EU. He has also worked extensively with the BSA and IAPS to promote esafety in their schools and is a trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation and for Childnet International.

​Emily Keaney

Emily Keaney is Head of Children’s Research at Ofcom, overseeing a wide-reaching programme of qualitative and quantitative research into children’s media use, attitudes and understanding. Emily has combined research and policy analysis in previous roles with the Communications Consumer Panel, The Arts Council and the Institute for Public Policy Research.


Dr Daria Kuss

Dr Daria Kuss is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK and Programme Leader of the new MSc Cyberpsychology. She has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and books, and her publications include over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, three authored books, and over 40 international conference presentations, including many keynote talks. She has an international reputation as Internet addiction expert. She engages in consultancy related to excessive and addictive media and technology use and has delivered workshops on Internet and social media addiction across the world, and has been involved in a theatre play on smartphone addiction. She is currently a guest editor of Addictive Behaviors and the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, editorial board member of Psychopathology, Frontiers in Psychology and JMIR Serious Games. Moreover, Daria is a member of various international and national professional bodies, including Chartered Psychologist at the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the European Psychiatric Association, the Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder, the International Consortium of Mobile Phone Behavior, the International Communication Association, and the International Association of Applied Psychology. In 2016, Daria has been found to be among the Top 10 publishing academics at Nottingham Trent University, and has won the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Best Paper Award 2015 for her research on online social networking.



Dr Elena Martellozzo

Dr Elena Martellozzo is an expert on sex offenders’ use of the internet and online child safety. Dr Martellozzo has worked extensively with children, serious offenders and practitioners. She has conducted ground-breaking research for the London Metropolitan Police (2010, 2011), the National Audit Office and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (2009) and the Kingdom of Bahrain (2010). 

Her work includes the analysis of online grooming, distribution of indecent images and police practice in this area. She has also assessed police safety campaigns about use of the web aimed at children and has worked with children on their perception of the internet and looked at their safety when using it.

She and her colleagues at Middlesex University are currently being commissioned by the NSPCC, BBFC and OCC to research the way in which pornography impacts on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of children and young people.

David Miles

Director – Europe, Middle East and Africa; Family Online Safety Institute

For the past 30 years, David has had a wide range of executive leadership roles in the technology and telecommunications sector including IBM, Compaq and Motorola. He is currently FOSI's Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. FOSI is an international non-profit organisation which works to make the online safer for kids and their families.

David is an Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), the British Governments principal advisory body for online safety for children and young people. Within UKCCIS, he chairs the Over Blocking Working Group. In addition, he is a member of the Internet Matters Expert Advisory Panel, an internet safety portal established by the UKs four leading ISPs.

David is a member of the United Nations ITU Child Online Protection (COP) Working Council based in Geneva and as well as actively involved in a number of initiatives within the European Commission.

David is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, one of the City of London’s livery companies and granted its Royal Charter in 2010.

Andrea Millwood Hargrave

An independent advisor on media regulatory policy and research, working across the communications field, Andrea's interest in developments in the communications industry is evident from her experience, both regulatory and business-facing, within the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. 

An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, Andrea is Director General of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) and convener of the IIC's International Regulators Forum. She has published widely on media policy in an international context and has a keen interest in communications literacy and acts as an Expert in for both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as working in an advisory capacity for international organisations.

​Tink Palmer

CEO, The Marie Collins Foundation. Tink is an experienced clinical and forensic practitioner, manager, trainer, policy maker and strategist. She has written numerous articles and reports on the recovery needs of children harmed via the internet and mobile technologies.

Stephen Webster

Stephen Webster (CPsychol AFBPsS) is a research psychologist at NatCen Social Research.  He has been conducting research into offline and online sexual offending for 16 years and has published extensively in the area.  His recent work includes a book on online offending behaviour and child victimisation (Webster, Davidson, Bifulco, 2014);  an EC evaluation of the Stop it Now! prevention helpline (Webster, McNaughton Nicholls, Brown, Kerr, Jago et al, 2014) and the European Online Grooming Project (Webster, Davidson, Bifulco, Gottschalk, Caretti, Pham et al, 2012). He is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Aggression, Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and the ESRC.  Stephen is also a member of the Risk Management Authority Research Advisory Board.