Is the Mafia Taking over Cybercrime?
Posted: 14 Aug 2018

Dr Jonathan Lusthaus presented at Black Hat 2018 in Las Vegas on "Is the Mafia Taking over Cybercrime?", with coverage by Dark Reading and Axios.

'Organized crime organizations play less of a role in cybercrime than you'd think. Instead, a new generation of criminal entrepreneurs runs much of the cyberattack operations worldwide, according to new research presented here today.
Over a seven-year period, Jonathan Lusthaus, from the human cybercriminal project at Oxford University's sociology department, studied the role of mafia/organizations in cybercrime in 20 different countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Nigeria, Brazil, China, and the US. He found that while organized crime provides help or guidance to cybercrime gangs or campaigns in some cases, the bulk of these hacking enterprises are conducted by a new breed of criminal.' - by Kelly Jackson Higgins at Dark Reading 

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Jonathan Lusthaus is Director of the Human Cybercriminal Project & Commonwealth Bank Fellow

Elderly men make just as good carers as women, finds study
Posted: 14 Aug 2018

Dr Laura Langner's research shows that that elderly men spend as much time looking after their unwell spouses as women do, as reported in the Mail Online.

Dr Laura, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department, said: 'With the gender gap in life expectancy closing, and children becoming less available to care for their parents, it is likely that many more men will be called upon to care for their partners.
'Our findings at least suggest that women won't have to worry that their partners are not up to the job of caring for them'

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Laura Langner is Postdoctoral Researcher in life Course and Family Dynamics

Professor Steve Fisher on the 3 May Local Elections
Posted: 03 May 2018

Professor Stephen Fisher's predictions about today's local elections have been cited by both the Times and the New Statesman to highlight the possibility of both Labour and the Conservatives gaining seats.

Francis Elliott, writing in the Times, notes that there is no agreement amongst the experts, and that '[much] of the contrast arises from differences in modelling. Professor Fisher gave more weight to opinion polls, and warned that his forecast was subject to more uncertainty than usual.'

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Steve Fisher is Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor in Political Sociology, Fellow of Trinity College and Department Disability Lead

Guilt over household chores is ‘harming working women’s health’
Posted: 19 Feb 2018

A new article by Naomi Larsson in The Guardian discusses data from a new working paper by Professor J Gershuny, the Co-Director of the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR).

Guilt about not doing enough housework may be harming working women’s health, according to new analysis of data from the International Social Survey Programme.
Article notes that in the UK, averaging across all seven days of the week, women and men now spend a near-identical amount of time working when household chores are. But men are paid for almost 25% more of their work. And men are also paid better, both in the UK and across the world. The data comes from a new working paper by by Oxford University’s Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR)a gender analysis of 75 national time-use surveys for people aged 20–59 from 24 countries over the last 58 years.

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Jonathan Gershuny is Professor of Sociology, Director of CTUR, Fellow of Nuffield College

The Mafia - organised crime: Federico Varese on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed
Posted: 22 Sep 2017

The Mafia and organised crime from Sicily to Japan and the UK. 

Laurie Taylor talks to Federico Varese, Professor of Criminology at Oxford University. He has charted the daily life of people working for the mafia and the ways in which it is being impacted by changes in technology and the movement of people and money. They're joined by Ann Veron, documentary maker and co-author of a new study on the role of Mafia women and by Paul Lashmar, an academic at City University and investigative journalist with a specialism in organised crime.

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Federico Varese is Deputy Head of Department, Taught Courses Director (2017-18), Professor of Criminology, Director of EXLEGI