Associate Professor James Martin
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Department of Social Sciences
Dr James Martin is Associate Professor and Criminology Discipline Convener at the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University. Dr Martin is one of the foremost experts on cryptomarkets and the online trade in illicit drugs, and published the world's first research monograph on this topic. He is currently leading an international team of researchers on an Australian Institute of Criminology funded project examining online illicit drug traders, and is second Chief Investigator on a National Medical Health Research Council funded project investigating the health impacts of cryptomarkets. Dr Martin is also founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, an international and multidisciplinary research network focused on the study of the online illicit drugs trade.
Dr Martin's online drug research has produced significant impact both within and outside of academia, and was cited by the legal defence team in the trial of the world's most prolific online drug trader, Ross Ulbricht, the administrator of the infamous cryptomarket Silk Road. In 2015 he was awarded the New Scholar Prize by the Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology, and Macquarie University awarded him the Faculty of Arts Early Career Researcher of the Year Award for 2015.
darknet; organised crime; illicit drugs; cybercrime; cryptomarkets; online drug distribution
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
- 2015, International, New Scholar Prize, Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology
Also published as: Martin, James; Martin, J.; Martin, J. R.; Martin, James R.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2018: Darknet drug traders: a qualitative exploration of the career trajectories, activities and perceptions of risk and reward of online drug dealers *; Criminology Research Grants
* Chief Investigator
- 2019-01-15: Air hosties caught in Melbourne heroin sting - Herald Sun
- 2018-10-29: Drug lab detections down as dark web challenges police - ABC
- 2018-10-08: Young Australians using record amounts of cocaine - SBS
- 2018-07-12: Opiods on the dark web - Nature
- 2018-06-26: Restricting access to opioids could drive pain sufferers to buy harder drugs on the black market - ABC
- 2018-06-14: Darknet opioid sales rise with tighter regulation - Australian Journal of Pharmacy
- 2018-06-13: Darknet sales of opioids jump after prescription restrictions increase - Newsweek
- 2018-01-14: Dark web allows drugs dealers to ship narcotics at will as police struggle - Daily Telegraph
- 2017-11-13: Bikie gangs, street levels dealers on dark side of online drug war - Daily Telegraph
- 2017-09-19: The brighter side of darknet drug dealing - TEDx Melbourne
- 2017-09-14: Could The Dark Net Pave The Way Towards A Less Harmful Illicit Drug Trade? - Huffington Post
- 2017-08-16: Death drop’s net fix: Powerful opiate that killed Prince available on darkweb - Daily Telegraph
- 2017-07-16: Shedding light on the dark web - The Economist
- 2017-07-04: Patient details of ‘any Australian citizen’ are being sold on the darknet for $30 a pop - Mashable
- 2017-07-01: Recent South Australian case reveals dilemma authorities are facing fighting the darknet - The Advertiser
- 2017-05-04: Criminology lecturer predicts record ice seizure will do little to stop drug trade - ABC
- 2017-04-24: Border force intelligence analysts to go deep into ‘dark net’ - The Australian
- 2017-04-06: ‘Record seizure’ headlines mark another false step in misguided war on drugs - The Conversation
- 2017-03-02: Australia's 'starring role' on the Dark Net - ABC
- 2017-02-17: Australia emerges as a leader in the global darknet drugs trade - The Conversation