Research Fellow & Unit Coordinator, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Michael Wilson is a Research Fellow and Unit Coordinator based at both the Queensland University of Technology and Deakin University. He currently teaches undergraduate courses on cybercrime, theoretical criminology, and intelligence analysis.

His research examines theories of justice, legal semiotics, civil disobedience, cybersecurity ethics, and surveillance studies. His doctoral thesis examined the moral equivalence drawn between 'privacy protection' and 'criminal evasion' within the 'problem of going dark' and associated strategies of resistance to metadata retention and encryption access laws.

He has contributed to collaborative research projects funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Crime and Justice Research Centre, the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.


  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2015–present
    Sessional Academic, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2020 
    QUT, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2015 
    QUT, Bachelor of Justice (Honours)
  • 2014 
    QUT, Bachelor of Behavioural Science

Research Areas

  • Criminology (1602)
  • Applied Ethics (2201)