Amy Gainford


I am a postgraduate researcher affiliated with the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS), originally from Middlesbrough in the north east of England. 

I studied BSc Criminology with Psychology at Teesside University, and MA Criminal Justice and Criminology at The University of Leeds. 

My PhD research is focused on digilantism.

Research interests

My research interests include: Digilantism, cyber-violence, toxic masculinity, online deviance, online subcultures and fandoms, true crime communities, and women and crime.


  • BSc Criminology with Psychology
  • MA Criminal Justice with Criminology

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies