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Dr Sara Correia

Lecturer in Cyber Threats, Law

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Sara joined the School of Law in August 2020. Her research interests crime and victimisation in the digital world, policing, tech law and legal tech, as well as data ethics. She has experience using qualitative and quantitative methods and is passionate about the benefits of working in partnership with colleagues and stakeholders, to harness the benefits of mixed methods and interdisciplinary research.

Sara holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations and a Graduate Diploma in Law. She has also undertaken an MSc by Research on counter-terrorism policing. In addition, she has worked as a researcher within industry and academia, has interned with the UK’s Home Office tutored for five years in both Law and Criminology.

Her Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Ph.D. project examined vulnerability and (repeat) victimisation to fraud and computer crimes, in collaboration with the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit.

In her spare time, Sara volunteers with the Welsh charity Asylum Justice and produces and co-presents the Digital Faultlines podcast (previously known as the Swansea Cyber Law and Security podcast).

Areas Of Expertise

  • Fraud
  • Computer crime
  • Victims of crime
  • Tech law
  • Policing
  • Data ethics

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Cybercrime law
  • Criminal law
  • European Union law
  • LegalTech
  • Research methods
  • Victimology
  • Correia, S. (2019). The response to cybercrime and fraud victimisation: a case study. Crime Science, 8, 1-12.
  • Macdonald, S., Correia, S. & Watkin, A (2019). Regulating Terrorist Content on Social Media: Automation and the Rule of Law. International Journal of Law in Context, 15, 183-197.
  • Blakeborough, L. & Correia, S. (2018). Developing understanding of the scale, nature and impacts of fraud on individuals and businesses. Home Office.
  • Bishop, P. & Correia, S. (2017). Enhancing Successful Transition: Assessing the Needs and Wants of Incoming Students: Report. Swansea University Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success (SAILS).
  • Awan, I., & Correia, S. (2015). Engaging with the Muslim community in Cardiff: A Study of the impact of counter terrorism research. Fieldwork in Religion, 10(1), 43-64.
Award Highlights


  • Swansea University, Winner of a Research & Impact Award 2020, in the PhD “Rising Star” category.


  • Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy), Awarded an Associate Fellowship in recognition for my teaching expertise and experience.
  • Swansea University CHERISH Digital Economy Centre, Awarded Escalator Funding from the EPSRC Swansea CHERISH-DE centre for a pilot study on the implications of Universal Credit for digitally excluded citizens.


  • Swansea University Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success (SAILS), Awarded small grant to conduct survey study of 1st generation law students’ transitions into higher education.
  • Swansea University CHERISH Digital Economy Centre, Awarded Escalator Funding from the EPSRC Swansea CHERISH-DE centre for a feasibility study on understanding cybercrime offenders.


  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Awarded the Advanced Qualitative Methods additional stipend pursuant to the data linkage and statistical modelling methods employed in my PhD research.
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Awarded an Interdisciplinarity Small Grant to organise the Cyber Network Conference. The event brought together early career researchers across disciplines and tech start-up entrepreneurs on 11-12 September 2017.


  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Awarded an ESRC 1+3 studentship to undertake a PhD on cybercrime victimisation.