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Phil Wane

Philip Wane

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Criminology and Criminal Justice


Philip's teaching is currently focussed on the BA (Hons) Criminology course and specialist post-graduate teaching for PhD students. He also has a specialist role in the School of Social Sciences including management of the Media Suite which helps staff exploit audio-visual technologies for learning and teaching.

Philip’s specialist area is High-Technology (Hi-Tech) Crime including Cybercrime.

Career overview

Philip is a long serving (over 25 years) lecturer who was awarded the title of University Teaching Fellow in 2004 in recognition of his teaching excellence. He received further recognition with a national award for eLearning in 2007 and possesses an MA Education (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) degree as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE).

Philip is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He has taught on many undergraduate courses including Economics, Health and Social Care, Law, Psychology and Sociology as well as courses at Masters level including Criminology and Social Work. His specialist subject expertise is the impact of technology on society as well as a knowledge of research methods and study skills.

Research areas

Philip is a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the British Society of Criminology (BSC).

His criminological research is focussed on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, by both criminals and police forces. This focus is now being extended into the criminological implications of the wider use of autonomous and remotely controlled vehicles and robots. He is also interested in how these technologies give insights into other social issues such as privacy, property rights and surveillance.

His sociological research is focussed on the potential role of digital technologies especially Augmented Reality (AR) in how we remember the dead. He has conducted field trials using a commercial AR application to see how AR might be used to enhance traditional physical memorials such as headstones, plaques and monuments. More recently he has looked into the role of tattoos as memorial artefacts and how technology might be used to enhance them.

Philip’s pedagogic research has largely focused on the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching but this has recently extended into using technology to combat cheating by students including bought essays.

External activity

Philip is currently working with an English police force in relation to their use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones.

Sponsors and collaborators

Past research sponsors include JISC TechDis (Inclusive Technology Advice & Services) and the Social Work and Social Policy (SWAP) subject centre of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Press expertise

  • Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
  • Criminal exploitation of drones
  • Police use of drones