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Associate Professor James Martin

Criminology Discipline Convener


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.

Research interests

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.

Teaching areas



  • 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
  • 2017: Drugs on the darknet: Assessing the global health risks of a rapidly expanding market *; NHMRC Project Grants

* Chief Investigator

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