Karuppannan Jaishankar

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K. Jaishankar
Other namesJaishankar Karuppannan
EducationMA PhD (Criminology); PG Diploma in GIS Management
Alma materUniversity of Madras and PSG College of Arts and Science (Bharathiar University)
Occupation(s)Teaching, Research, Consultancy
Known forCyber Criminology, Space Transition Theory
AwardsNational Academy of Sciences, India -SCOPUS Young Scientist Award -2012
Scientific career
FieldsCriminology, Crime Science, Cyber Criminology, Victimology and Police Sciences
InstitutionsInternational Institute of Justice & Police Sciences, University of Leeds

Karuppannan Jaishankar is an Indian criminologist. He is the founder and principal director and professor of criminology and justice sciences at the International Institute of Justice & Police Sciences, [1] a non-profit academic institution and independent policy think tank in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

He is the founding father of cyber criminology,[2][3] an academic sub-discipline of criminology and the proponent of the "Space Transition Theory of Cyber Crimes"[4] which holds that people behave differently online than they do in real life.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

He earned a Ph.D. in criminology, an M.A. in criminology, a PG Diploma in geographic information systems management from the University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.[7]


Before founding the International Institute of Justice & Police Sciences in 2022, Jaishankar held several positions like dean, head of department, syndicate member, professor of criminology and senior assistant professor of criminology at two major public universities Manonmaniam_Sundaranar_University and Raksha Shakti University - Now Rashtriya Raksha University in India.[8]

He was a Commonwealth Academic Fellow during 2009–2010 at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds.[9]

He is the founder and president of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) (founded 2009) which works "to develop criminology and victimology in the South Asian region"[10] and has organized five international conferences of SASCV as the general chair (Bangalore 2023, Ahmedabad, 2020, Goa, 2016, Kanyakumari, 2013, and Jaipur, 2011).[11]

He is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (CCVC) (founded 2009) which works to prevent cyber victimization and protect cyber victims.[12]


  • Jaishankar, K. (2011). Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 9781439829493.
  • Jaishankar, K.; Ronel, N. (2013). Global Criminology: Crime and Victimization in a Globalized Era. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 9781439892497.
  • Halder, D.; Jaishankar, K. (2016). Cyber Crimes Against Women in India. New Delhi: Sage. ISBN 9789385985775.
  • Jaishankar, K. (2016). Interpersonal Criminology: Revisiting Interpersonal Crimes and Victimization. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 9781498748599.
  • Jaishankar, K. (2019). Routledge Handbook of South Asian Criminology. New York, USA: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 9781482260458.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • He is ranked 16th among the top 25 influential criminologists in the world during 2010-2020.[13]
  • He is ranked Number 4 among 282 (Top 3%) law and legal studies scholars in India.[14]


  1. ^ "International Institute of Justice & Police Sciences". www.icssinstitute.org. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  2. ^ Meško, Gorazd (1 August 2018). "On Some Aspects of Cybercrime and Cybervictimization". European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. 26 (3): 189–199. doi:10.1163/15718174-02603006.
  3. ^ Ndubueze, P. N (2017). Cyber Criminology and Technology-Assisted Crime Control: A Reader (I ed.). Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Press. p. xiv. ISBN 978-978-54894-7-7. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ Al Shamsi, Mohammed; Smith, Deborah; Gleason, Kimberly (1 January 2023). "Space transition and the vulnerabilities of the NFT market to financial crime". Journal of Financial Crime. ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print). doi:10.1108/JFC-09-2022-0218. ISSN 1359-0790. S2CID 255713836.
  5. ^ Jaishankar K., (2008). Space Transition Theory of Cyber Crimes. In Schmallager, F., & Pittaro, M. (Eds.), Crimes of the Internet. (pp.283-301) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  6. ^ Holt, T.J.; Bossler, A.; Spellar, K.C.S. (2016). Cybercrime and Digital Forensics. New York: Routledge. p. 308. ISBN 978-1317694786. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  7. ^ https://jaishankar.org/experience.html. Retrieved 15 November 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://jaishankar.org/experience.html. Retrieved 15 November 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ School of Law, University of Leeds. "Annual Report of Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law" (PDF). University of Leeds. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  10. ^ The, Week (28 November 2010). "Globalization has opened Floodgates for Criminals". The Week. No. 28 November 2010. SASCV. The Week. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV). "Activities - SASCV". SASCV. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  12. ^ Reshmi, Jaimon. "Online NGO helps Cyber victims". Techgoss. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ Austin, Sara L.; EdD (8 June 2020). "Top Influential Criminologists Today | Academic Influence". academicinfluence.com. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  14. ^ "K Jaishankar - AD Scientific Index 2023". www.adscientificindex.com. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  15. ^ Shastri, Parth (18 March 2019). "Better definition of terrorism needed". Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  16. ^ British Society of Criminology. "International Ambassadors". British Society of Criminology. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  17. ^ WSV Keynote speaker - K Jaishankar, retrieved 6 May 2023
  18. ^ "NASI Young Scientist Award". Elsevier. Retrieved 28 January 2018.